Our adventures in camping
Return to Blood Mountain Hike
October 30-31, 2015. Blood Mountain, GA, by "Blood Mountain" I mean Ramrock Mountain and by "hike" I mean a 4.8 mile jaunt in the woods. The idea was to park at Woody Gap, hike in as far as we could, camp, hike all day, loop around the top of Blood, camp, and then hike out. In all, around twenty miles on the highest elevation crest of the southern Appalachians in Northern Georgia. We hiked to the summit of Ramrock and because of forces outside our control (bears, inclement weather) our hike was cut short. We do not consider this an epic failure, we had fun and made some friends. Mutual apprehension of bear attack tends to do that AND before you think us neophytes, the bear behavior was odd. There was no sense in risking anything, we just gave them a wide birth.
The Spring Hike
October 4-6, 2013. Chattooga River, Sumter National Forest is the 13.4 mile hatchery loop section on the Chattooga river in South Carolina. This was our second hike on the river. Gerald did not bring his dog this time but Patrick brought his oldest son, Lance. We were going to call Lance "Lucky" in honor of the dog but it just upset him. Lucky was a good dog.
The Return to Carver's Gap
October 27-28, 2012. Carvers Gap to US 19E is a 13.4 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. This is the section we failed to hike because of a snow storm in 2011. We went back as a smaller group and crushed it. We got to stay in the same hostal as last year and everyone had a great time.
Teach your children well
October 6-7, 2012. Parsons Mountain, Sumter National Forest is a small 4.4 mile loop around the Parsons Mountain lake in South Carolina. This hike was a kids hike. We got to introduce our children to the awesome world of hiking without wearing them into the ground. I have pictures but the internet is a creepy place and I don't know if I want to post them.
The Spring Hike
April 28-29, 2012. Chattooga River, Sumter National Forest is a 15.5 mile section along the beautiful Chattooga river in South Carolina. This was our first hike in the spring and with a small group. Chattooga river turned out to be an awesome place to hike. We loved it. Oh and Gerald brought his dog, Lucky.
The EPIC Fail
October, 2011. Carvers Gap to US 19E is a 13.4 mile (we made it 1.4 miles) section of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. We had our largest group of hikers yet on this hike. It turned out to be a mistake. The experienced hikers could not keep the new guys with the group and a snow storm hit. The newer hikers were not prepared, so we turned back. I’ll blog about it later after I build a blog.
November, 2010. Woody Gap to Neels Gap is a 10.7 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. This trail will take you to an old stone shelter at the top of Blood Mountain.
January, 2010. Mammoth Cave is a trail in Kentucky where you can go explore the cave. I don't know much about this trip. I did not participate, prior obligations and whatnot prevented me from going but it looked fun.
November, 2008. Beech Creek Loop is a 12 mile side loop of the AT in North Carolina. It's an old uphill mining road with plenty of boulders across the trail. We had a large group. Also Phil fell off the side of the mountain.
The Rock Crusher
November, 2006. Unicoi Gap to Jacks Knob is a 6.71 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.