2048RE: Hammock Camping Third Southeast Hammock Hangers Trip--Sep 20 2003!
- Jul 8, 2003
MessageHere's a useful link to purchase the Pisgah National Forest's Wilson Creek Trail Map. This map covers all the trails in the area and I will have mine on the hike. The map is not required to attend the hike; some folks just like to have their own....Ed-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Speer [mailto:info@...]
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 12:47 PM
Subject: Hammock Camping Third Southeast Hammock Hangers Trip--Sep 20 2003!
OK, here's the next trip--everyone welcome! Join me, Ed Speer,
author of the Hammock Camping book and monitor of this List for a fun
late-summer weekend. We had a lot of fun on the first two trips and
this is another chance for hammockers to show their stuff, share
ideas, learn from others, and be a part of the 'new way'. Meet old
friends and make new ones! Check out the newest stay-warm gear!
Future hammockers also welcome. Everyone will be responsible for
their own gear, food, and behavior; however, we will meet at the
trailhead and hike in together.
Moderate 5 mile hike, overnite camp, Near Mortimer in the Pisgah
National Forest--about 20 miles NW of Lenoir, and 15 miles north of
Morganton, NC. This area, The Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River
area, is NC's secret wilderness treasure with numerous unspoiled
mountain streams and wild waterfalls. We will hike in 4 miles along
the beautiful cascading North Harper Creek, a tributary of Wilson
Creek. We will camp Saturday nite and hike out 1 mile on Sun. We will
shuttle a vehicle/s to each end. There will be plenty of time for
visiting waterfalls and swimming in the creek. The hike requires at
least 7 stream crossings--this means fording rocky streams in ankle-
to knee-deep swift water! The water should still be comfortably warm
with Autum just around the corner. Fabric tennis shoes or sandles
with secure straps are recommended for the crossings--wearing the
same shoes for the hike in eliminates the need to change at each
crossing--extra dry shoes for camp are recommended. Expect one
stream crossing on the way out Sunday. Two hiking poles/staffs make
the crossings safer. Camp will be a large open grove of holly trees
on a flat bench along the creek--plenty of room for up to 30
hammocks, plus unlimited space for tents or tarps. We will begin the
hike at 11am on Sat (plan for snack lunch at Harper Creek Falls, 1.3
miles in). The 4 mile trail in is moderate, while the 1 mile trail
out is strenuous.
Access is from Lenoir or Morganton, NC; both accessible via I40
and/or US 321. On I40, Morganton is about 55 miles east of Asheville
and 95 miles west of Winston-Salem. Detailed directions to the
traihead will be posted soon. There are plenty of additional
spectacular trails in this area for folks looking for more adventure
before or after the weekend--hiking, kayaking, fishing, waterfalls,
Check out these links for info on the area:
This is an informative Adobe Acrobat article on Wilson Creek
Short info on Wilson Creek hiking
Waterfall pics! Harper Creek Falls is the one we will see!
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Hope to see everone Sep 20th! ....Ed
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