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Happy New year to all!
I don't post reports like I used to, but I thought it would be fun to share a single picture from each month; a calendar for fun.
For various reasons I finished a little under my normal volumes but still managed 34 backpacking trips, covering roughly 916 miles, and spent about 62 nights out. It was one of the wettest years I can remember; my notes indicate that I had some precipitation on 31 of 34 trips.
In preparation for my big trip in 2018 I did a lot of off-trail and the major highlight of the year was that trip: The Wind River High Route (Skurka version). Wow...still buzzing from that one.
My full year's photos are here: https://patricktn.smugmug.com/2018
But here are my "calendar" choices for 2018, feel free to add your favorite 2018 pics and recaps!
I've chosen a sunrise from Gregory Bald in the GSMNP:
This one is not the best picture quality but it encapsulates a special memory for me. This is my wife Susan grinding up a steep slope, wearing her homemade plastic rain skirt, in a cold February rain, on what was an almost entirely off-trail trip in the Big South Fork TN/KY. No doubt this woman loves me!
Here I'm going with a resting Elk in Catalooche NC
Hard to pick one from April because of the beautiful spring flowers but I'm going with a view from the Mountains To Sea trail in NC.
Here I went with a view up a Camel Gap creek while off-trail in the GSMNP
This is another Gregory Bald shot from GSMNP showing late color on a Flame Azalea with Cades Cove out of focus in the background.
This is interesting atmospheric moment from Slick Rock wilderness in NC.
I have to go with a Wind River picture here. I have to. This is me at Alpine Lakes.
I call this "Spider in the Mist". :) This was somewhere on the AT.
This is from a trip with Phil May in Pisgah NF. I love how put-together his kit is.
This is what I call a cloud-bow. This one was in Cades Cove GSMNP.
This picture makes me laugh; it was really hard to get as I only had my phone to use as I held on to a icy cold wet rope to lower myself down Maude's Crack in the Big South Fork TN/KY.