Some Plans Change While Others Remain…

So, just a little update on my last post. I have just finished getting most of both my son’s and my own packs packed. There are a few other small things that still needs done, and I have started a list. Best to make notes while packing so that I will be less likely to forget things when the time comes to hit the road, so that I can hit the trail with everything I need!

I am packing for our trip to the Cheaha State Park, which can be read about in the previous post. My son and I will be leaving Friday morning and arrive at the Turnipseed parking area around 2 in the afternoon. We will meet another friend and possibly some others from the Southern Backpacking Meet-Up group. Then we will hike for about 2.5 hours or so to the Pinhoti trail, and meet up with another friend. There we will stay the night, and meet with a few other friends the next morning. We will hike out sometime Monday afternoon, so we will have a good amount of time on the trail.

Everyday we will be out, there are thunderstorms forecast so there is a good possibility that it will be a wet weekend. This will make for an interesting trip since I will be carrying my OES 8 x 10 sil tarp as my shelter for both me and my son. I should get a decent idea of how I feel about tarp camping after this! I must say though that I am excited about it.

I still have my plans for the Smokies trip in the middle of June planned. I am eagerly awaiting this trip because I was just recently on this exact trip, except for the 2.7 miles on the AT back to Newfound Gap road. On the last trip we headed north and took another trail. However, this is a beautiful hike. The views are grand, and the trail is adventurous enough to really feel that you are on the trail! Here is a part of the trail that makes me feel adventurous.

A section on the Alum Cave Trail

So, we are looking forward to getting back out on this trail. And of course on sections like this, the kids will be tied off to the adults! Don’t need them falling off the side of the mountain.

Where plans have changed is with the hike I had planned between these two hikes. I had planned on going to the Cherokee National Forest and hiking the John Muir Trail, however, since I have decided to purchase a new family tent and a new double burner Coleman stove, the family and I are taking 2.5 days to go for a good ole family car camping trip. We will be heading to the Piney Grove Campgrounds for the camping trip. The tent that I have decided to purchase is the REI Kingdom 4 tent. This looks like a really sweet tent for the family. Lots of room both to lay down in and stand up in. (Although it is about 3 – 4 inches too short for me to completely stand up in.) I am used to the cheapo dome-style department store tents, so I am looking forward to this one coming in! I will be sure to write-up a review when it gets here and post it here.

So, this is some of my plans. I will probably not update until I get back from my hike, but upon my return I will be sure to post a TR, as well as the review on the new tent and stove. They should be here about the time I get back.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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2 Responses to Some Plans Change While Others Remain…

  1. cabalist says:

    Are there any other via ferrate-esque routes that you have been on? I can shoot you a picture of an ‘exposed’, as people with heads for heights like to call it, ledge with the fixed iron line. Did you use a fall arrester? A zipper-y or something like that? That sort of stuff is not conducive to light-weight packing, ay? 😉


    • Stick says:

      That photo was actually on the Alum Cave Bluff Trail in the GSMNP. We did not end up using any sort of tie offs on the trail. We just stayed close to the kids and they did good. It isn’t anything that requires any sort of special gear needed.


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