I just got back from a neato backpacking trip in the mountains of Tennessee and so here are some of the fotogs:(Feb 2010)
My GF drops me off at the Bald River wilderness trailhead and I'm loaded down with 15 days of food and winter gear. The red thing's my tent and the top high sac is my third overflow food bag. Shunka dog also has some weight.
I get ready to change into Crocs and have 7 total crossings of the creek but after the 4th crossing I reach a fine campsite for the night. For some reason these crossings kicked my butt and made my feet overly cold.
Here's the trail up the ridge. I leave camp and pull 3 more crossings and then hit a 50 degree ravine climb which really kicked my butt and then I was faced with an unmaintained ridge walk with neverending blowdowns. It becomes the Poison Hemlock Trail. Yes, the trail goes straight up into that mess.
The Flat Mountain trail is a great way to tie in Brushy Ridge with the Citico wilderness and so here I am on the lower section by Beehouse Gap(see Hootyhoo's Brushy Ridge trip report). There's a lot of blowdowns all along this trail, but thankfully not many across the trail.
I get into the Citico and climb the Pine Ridge trail where it joins the Fodderstack trail(also the Benton MacKaye trail), and in this pic I'm climbing up and over Rockstack Mt. The yellow thing is my 3.10lb Base Camp Thermarest wrapped in a 8x10 silnylon tarp.
We make it to a split in the trail and pose for this fotog. The next section of trail is a Hell Slog in brush and blowdowns and snowdowns--that stuff that leans over with the weight of the snow.
We reach Cold Gap and set up in the snow for another night of cold, my 12th.