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Trip 112 July 11-26 2010
I begin another long trip into the wilderness and enter at a place called Beech Gap where I lift and crawl under the Silverback Gorilla for 3 miles to my first camp at around 4,500 feet. Why the enormity? Cuz I'm carrying all of my dog's food(in the top green stuff sack). My pack and tent alone weigh in at 16 lbs.
Are these photos or just noise? Sorry for the dang pixel frenzy. Anyway, this shot shows David with his old vintage Jansport pack. And a couple of his family of border collies. God bless the Citico--they allow the almighty dog.
My buddy Coy Williams shows up on the Bob and we camp together for Day 6. He loves the woods and like to hang.
Later that night Medicine Man arrives from Beech Gap with his friend Wisenber and we planned a get-together for a couple days. They set up their hammocks nearby on the Bob. Check out Medicine Man's neato Aarn pack.
Wisenber and Medicine Man. Wisenber organized a hammock-hang trip and set the route to go down the dreaded Nutbuster, or the Upper Slickrock Creek trail #42. Going down is certainly much easier than coming up, but our next day travail turns out to be a butt kicker.
WELCOME TO HELL: And welcome to the Nutbuster trail. Day 7 became a long 12 mile of backpacking down a treacherous and hellish trail from Naked Ground down to Slickrock Creek and then pulling the 10 crossings of the Slickrock until we reached Slisgah Camp and a get-together with Sgt Rock and his family.
What makes the Nutbuster so rough? Well, it's a steep motard coming up, and it's a dangerous briar filled, blowdown mess going down(or up for that matter). Coy wisely stayed back, and I got separated from Wisenber and Medicine Man who got hung up with an angry rattlesnake. We all eventually dragged into Sgt Rock's camp late on Day 7.
On Day 8 Sgt Rock packs up and we all go our separate directions: Rock et.al. north on the BMT/Slickrock, Wisenber(above)and Medicine Man south up the Stiffknee to Farr Gap and out. I head over to the Stiffknee jct and set up for the night.
Wisenber crossing the Slickrock. This fotog brings back a memory of an old Hootyhoo photo showing Wisenber crossing the South Fork of the Citico several years ago. Below is that photo taken by Hootyhoo in the Citico wilderness.
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