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Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 01.11.2011

Permit 95875 Day 1 - Oct 28, 2011 13.5 miles - Clingman's Dome - AT Bypass Trail to AT to Goshen Prong - South on Little River Trail to Rough Creek Campsite 24. To Three Forks Campsite 30 and return to Rough Creek Campsite 24. It was 15 degrees colder on Clingmans Dome, than at Smokemont. I saw phosphorescence peeking out of the fog in the woods below the Clingmans parking lot. Dots like unmoving animal night eyes .  In the morning I had finished breakfast before first light. Scrambled egg whites with mozzarella...

Hiking, Shining Rock Wilderness, Southeast / 26.09.2011

Sept 23, 2011 Slept in the back of the van last night at the parking for the trailhead for Old Butt Knob trail. Rained all night. In the morning I cooked breakfast in the rain, but the rain cleared before I started hiking. Old Butt Knob trail is not as tough as Green Mountain trail, but it does have some very steep sections along a narrow rocky ridge. The sky became absolutely clear blue with a few clouds blanketing some lower mountains and valleys. Just as quickly the clouds moved...

Hiking, Shining Rock Wilderness, Southeast / 16.09.2011

September 9, 2011 - Friday Night Along a dark stretch of road next to Lake Logan I slowed as I approached a car that had run into a ditch. I stopped to ask whether anyone was hurt and I quickly saw that the only "hurt" was the "hurt" that a bottle of liquor can put on a person. This guy and his girlfriend were otherwise okay. He obviously didn't want 911 involved. I told him that I couldn't pull his car out of the ditch and I moved on. Most cars that...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 23.07.2011

July 15th 2011 - Friday In order to get an early start on Saturday morning, I drove to the Fontana Hilton trail shelter late Friday evening. It was just after midnight when I arrived. I parked, grabbed my sleeping pad and bag, and walked down the path to this double-wide shelter. A lady told me that a Boy Scout troop and others were there. Some had dragged their sleeping bags out into the gravel area around the shelter and were sleeping under the clouds. It looked like a good...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 05.12.2010

Friday, December 3, 2010 Thursday night I slept in the van parked at an overlook near Cove Creek Road. Cove Creek Road was as I remembered it from the time 33 years ago when my brother, John, and I spent a dark night negotiating this winding narrow road for 30 plus miles; a prelude to a Smoky Mountain thru-hike via the Appalachian Trail. I was up early Friday morning, munching on a half disk of cold spinach quiche while driving back up to the Cataloochee Divide to cache my backpack...

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Mt. Lyell Group - I was camping up there! Yosemite Log - Day 5 Tarp was coated with condensation ice this morning. My main concern was climbing Vogel Pass given how i felt yesterday. I paced myself to keep my heart rate down. Felt anxious but never felt bad. I was at the top quickly. The backside did not have a drop off. All of Vogelsang was high. Past Vogelsang toward Bernice Lake there was a large meadow. It must have been more than a mile across in every direction....

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite Log - Day 4 at campsite 1 mile from Vogelsang Pass I am camping where my intineray had me tonight. I arrived here at 3:30 pm, but was smart enough not to attempt 11,000 ft Vogelsang pass tonight. Already had enough trouble with the elevation. Tonight I am around 9500 ft.. I hiked the last section up Lewis Creek while listening to tunes on the iPhone. It took my mind off the tired part of the day. Don't usually like listening to tunes while I hike. I am...

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite lg day 4 - lunch at Lewis creek trail isberg junction According to the map the first section was supposed to be 8.9 miles. Sitting here by the sign it shows 11.2 miles. I had thought that was the longest 8 miles I had ever hiked. Elevation did not help either. I had no appetite and felt bad from the little I ate. I only had a piece of flat bread with some peanut butter for breakfast. I was suffering some. Now I have 3 miles up Lewis...

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite lg day 3 - frm tent Only 6:30, but I am in the tent for the night. I am at 9500 feet elevation and it is cold here when the sun leaves. I have been battling a headache. Gets worse at night. Took a couple of Ibuprofin before bed. Last night I had to wake up and get the I out if the bear locker. Nice view of Mt Lyell in the distance. Some bad looking clouds are gathering around Lyell. Otherwise it is clear. My peanut butter leaked again....

Hiking, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite log day 3 from Washburn lake It is 9:30 am and I am taking a long break at Washburn lake. Granite masses rise from each side of the lake and snow covered Isberg Peak can be seen up the valley. The sun is over the peak and rising quickly. The water is still. This morning I found that peanut butter spilled out of the ziplock bag. I scraped the spill onto a flatbread and ate it for breakfeast rather than my usual oatmeal. ...