I hope everyone had a great year and best wishes for a new year of outdoor adventures in 2016!
(I don't think I've ever posted the link but I started dumping photos on smugmug for easy linking. It's not a complete site yet but here are all the 2015 galleries if interested.)
November 26 -30 Citico Wilderness of Tennessee:
Upper Crowders camp; getting ready for a serious rain in a tarp I was testing for Trailspace. Review here.
December 11-13, GSMNP Inadu / Cammerer Loop
This is a view of Ground Hog ridge, AKA Cammerer Manway. Thanks to my friend Mark with AAA Hiker service for talking me through finding the route down this ridge! (best shuttle service for the eastern Smokies- use them!) I called him from the fire tower; spur of the moment to try this off-trail route.
December 18-21 Goshen Prong Loop GSMNP
Snowy bridge across Little River Trail. You can barely see a hiker on the other side of the bridge. He was 83 years old and doing an 8 mile round trip! wow, it was about 18F and I didn't expect to see anyone, let alone an 83 year old!
December 26-30 Appalachian Trail section :Damascus VA to 19E TN (~75 miles)
Mountain Harbor Hiker Hostel / BnB. I used them to shuttle me to Damascus. The barn sleeps 8 hikers in a shared hostel space and the red house is the higher priced Bed and breakfast rooms. Great folks!
First camp at Abingdon Gap shelter area. I meant to bring a small 5X7 tarp to supplement my little tent / have a cook space during the expected rainy days but brought the giant 10x12 by mistake. Oh well, I had a large dry area.nice