January Sipsey Wilderness TR

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So, as seen in the pictures above, a couple of my friends and my son and I headed out to Sipsey Wilderness this past weekend. Our plans were to head down the Thompson Creek Trail and have lunch at ShipRock and then continue on down to Bee Branch and set up camp for the night. Well, it didn’t work that way…

We had missed where the trail crossed over a small creek and continued on straight. We kept passing a few camp sites and even saw another group camping up on top of a hill so we felt like we were still on the correct trail. After a little while we noticed that the trail really became spotty. It would actually disappear for a little part so we just bushwhacked being sure to follow the little creek we had been next too. Eventually we would make it back on something that resembled a trail.

After a while longer we stopped and had lunch. I ran ahead a little and found another section that looked like a trail so I came back and the group followed this “trail” a short ways until it too teetered out…

At this point we decided to heck with it and turned around. We planned to go back and stay at one of the campsites we passed on the way in. Heading back was actually harder than going in though, but we did the same…follow a trail (or possibly just a path that all the water running off had made) then bushwhack a little more. We came across a couple of the sites but kept on going looking for the “best” one.

As we were walking down a “trail” we noticed a small bluff just up off the trail. I ran and checked it out and to my surprise I found a nice little area with a sweet little fire ring under the bluffs and even a bunch of cut wood to go with it. So we took it.

There weren’t many (actually none) flat places so I did not get to pitch my tarp but instead me, my son and one of my buddies cowboy camped underneath the bluff. My other friend and his girl set their tent up on the flattest area they could find. Then we settled in. We all made dinner threw wood on the fire and had a good night.

The next morning we woke up to some cold weather (ok, we slept through some cold weather too…) And as usual, after breakfast we packed up and headed back out. But hey, it was good.

So, here are a few videos of the trip and me talking about some of my gear I (or others) used. The first two videos were taken out on the hike and the last one I did after I got home. So, thanks for reading/watching and hope that you enjoyed it. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question at the end of the post if you want. Now, on with the show…

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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8 Responses to January Sipsey Wilderness TR

  1. sipcwildkid says:

    very nice pictures! looks like a good trip! great to see your getting your son involved in such activities. when my daughters were little we went often. i took my wife and grand daughter a few weeks ago. we had a good time! i have been going to the sipsey for many years. there are lots of places to see. thank you for your web site Stick!


    • Stick says:

      sipcwildkid, thanks for checking out my site. Sipsey is a great place and I have had a great time each time I went. looking forwards to going back many more times… Chad


  2. BamaJack & Sadie says:

    Nice write up (found on WB). I was planning on going to Sipsey for a day exploration to scout it out for a future trip. With the foul weather this weekend, I am rescheduling for next weekend. I have had a tough time tracking down maps for the trails, were you able to decent maps online? I don’t mind wandering a bit but I solo with my dog so prefer to have at least a halfway decent map for me, and the home base. Thanks again for sharing. BamaJack & Sadie


    • Stick says:

      Hey, thanks for checking out my site and leaving a comment! As far as some info, I sent you an email with some maps and other info. Hope it helps. Chad


  3. hikingshoes says:

    Nice report there STICK!!!Good job.HS


  4. NCarolinaHiker says:

    Good stuff, Stick. How are you like the FH20? Are the videos above shot with it as well?


    • Stick says:

      I am loving my camera. All of the videos since November have been shot using the camera. I really need to learn the different settings and what settings are better for certain conditions though. Also, I shoot all my videos using the “HD” setting but usually only upload them to YouTube as a large video which allows the video to be watched in 480p. Honestly though I can not tell the difference from 360p to 720p on YouTube. I can however tell the difference when uploading. The large usually takes about 2 hours for an 8-9 minute video and the HD usually takes 5-7 hours for the same length of video…


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