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[at-l] WAS Off List: Trail access question.
- Subject: [at-l] WAS Off List: Trail access question.
- From: astrogirl at aol.com (Nicole Markee)
- Date: Sun Apr 17 20:29:20 2005
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I've been chatting with Steve Adams about some arcane trail access
questions for SNP (non-AT trails), and when I started talking about my
shake-out camp-out on a local hill this Friday night, we strayed back
into list territory. I camped in the open high meadow south of VA55
before County Rd 638 and Denton Shelter. It's my very favorite spot
near my home, and I hike up that mountain every couple of weeks because
I adore that meadow and think it's just beautiful.
I have a new pack, a Gossamer, and as a result I have cut my Z-Rest to
8 sections. This was, I thought, a big sacrifice for me, but it wasn't
too bad. I was really afraid I'd freeze my tail off. I also wanted to
see if I was forgetting something I needed. I did, of course, but it
wasn't a deal-killer and it's now been noted. (vitamin I, toothpaste
was dried out and wouldn't exit tube, need fresh saline, watch battery
I use a Nunatak Backcountry Blanket to which I had added some more fill
(I've had it for a couple of years and I'm used to what it can and
can't do). It weighs about 24 oz. I cannot remember how much fill I
had added at this point. I sleep on my belly, which really changes
one's sleeping bag requirements -- believe me. My car, at road level
(and I camped 700 feet over that) was covered with so much frost that I
had to scrape it off all the windows to drive it. The grass in the
meadow on the mountain was frosted over, and I was not cold. I was not
a toasty cinnamon bun, but I was warm *enough* that the cold didn't
wake me up or keep me from sleeping. I wore my polar fleece, and most
important, a fleece hat.
I pitched my tarp with a single pole and no tree for a tie off. This
is a big step for me, as I had previously needed a tree, but now I can
do it with just the pole. Yay.
A picture of my campsite is here:
Yes, that tarp is huge :) (8x10, 14 oz). I love that about it. I
carry a mosquito net , but there was not a bug to be seen up there.
I'm doing Erwin to Damascus the first week in May, and I have a
question for locals: are the trees going to be leafed out down there?
some of ours here have proto-leaves and some are still not leafed. I
ask for reasons of sunscreen. I'm a fair-skinned blond, and if the
trees are all naked, I really need to take that into consideration.
I still don't have my Damascus to Erwin shuttle lined up. I'm planning
to stop at Dennis Cove Rd, and I hope to get a shuttle form Kincorra or
Laurel Creek Lodge and leave a box there with supplies for the last bit
of the trip. What do you guys think? Kincorra or Laurel Creek? I know
this shuttle is going to run me some $$$, but I figure that backpacking
is still a pretty cheap vacation. I'll probably make phone calls
tomorrow, so any advice is welcome.