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Trip report....well let's see...their was pain and then there was a whole lot more pain. Wish I could say it was a success, however it was not. I had hoped my knee would hold out, but after about two hours climbing, I decided that it was not worth risking a perment injury. I hobbled back down the trail, which by the way, was loaded with people. Now earlier that morning I was talking to several men about the trail head, one of which was a Boy Scout Troop leader. Later that day as I was trying to get back down, I ran into him and his family as they were going up. He offered to carry my pack and help me get down. I said thanks, but I figured I could make it without any help. Anyway, about 5 min. later, here he comes again, he caught up with me and said he really thought I needed help. So I agreed, I took off my pack and sat it down on the ground. I really fell badly about what happened next. I told him the pack was heavy, he under estimated the weight. He slung the pack back over one shoulder and the weight took him straight back and he fell flat on his back. Thank God he did not get hurt, but it was a hard fall. After a few minutes he got the pack on and helped me get back down. I had to park in the lower parking lot, so he drove me back to the my car. I thanked him over and over, and we parted ways. I stopped in the Pinnacle Pavilion and was talking with the ranger there; she said she had one open camp site. So I stayed for the night. The next morning I didn't feel to bad so after I broke camp, I hiked out the Palmetto Trail for about three miles, had some lunch and went back. Yesterday, all I could do was lay on the couch. Today I may get out there and see if I can get a couple of squirrels. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time, I love being out there. And I will be going back, but I see that you can not condition your body for such steep climbs by walking on level ground. Pictures, well I took one of the trail sign and one of Table Rock from a distance, the rest of the time I was just hanging on for dear life. So ends my first solo hike.