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Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 19.07.2015

There are 11 of us backpacking from Stephens Pass to Snoqualamie on the PCT. The group ranges in age from mid- 20's to 70 years old. Tunnel Creek Trailhead to junction at PCT on Hope Lake 2.6 miles Saturday, July 19, 2015 We unloaded the van and started toward the PCT. we picked and ate Salmon Berries and Blueberries. Hope lake was small but deep. I took a couple of swims and was never able to dive to the bottom. Great to finally be on the PCT! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Pacific Crest Trail...

Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 17.07.2015

After a week of packing, making lists, repacking, and changing equipment decisions I am finally sitting at the gate waiting on my 10:30 PM flight to Seattle. My pack weighed in at 36 pounds which is heavy for a light weight packer for me. Reason for extra weight includes a real tent because I heard about mosquitoes and 7 days of food. Normally I pack a tarp tent and no more than 4 days of food. The plan is to hike 75 miles on the PCT trail over 8 days...

Hiking, Slickrock Creek Wilderness, Southeast / 29.06.2015

June 27 - 29, 2015 From Magazine Branch Campground and Boat Ramp on Calderwood Lake via one man Ocean Kayak (Yak Board) to campsite on Slickrock Creek, then hiking Slickrock Creek trail past Lower Falls and Wildcat Falls to Big Fat Gap and returned to campsite via Windy Gap, Nichols Cove, Yellowhammer, and Slickrock Creek trails. Early morning view from Calderwood Lake down channel of Slickrock Creek.   Many others were sleeping in their cars, tents, and hammocks. They were up late so I didn't get much sleep.   Launch point.   It was less than...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 31.05.2015

Over a single weekend I completed day hikes in 3 separate areas of the Smoky Mountains. This completed the last of the 900 miles of trails that I have hiked in the Smoky Mountains. May 30, 2015 - Roundtop Trail - 7.5 miles One end of Roundtop Trail is at the Wye (a fork on the Little River) where the river turns toward Townsend, TN to exit the Smokies. The other end is at Wears Gap. There is no trail sign or bridge on the trail-head at the Wye. With...