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Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: slowhike`s down hammock version one (v1)

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  • Robert Woods
    Dave, Thanks for the info. I will save it and review when we get ready to hke that section. Bobby Dave Womble wrote: Bobby, John writes
    Message 1 of 25 , Dec 8, 2006

      Thanks for the info. I will save it and review when we get ready to hke that section.


      Dave Womble <dpwomble@...> wrote:

      John writes excellent guide books.

      The Georgia section of the Bartram Trail has some great campsites
      along the Chatooga River, some neat small waterfalls and the viewing
      tower on Raburn Bald. A couple of times I have been on Raburn Bald
      when there was a recent hatch of small, troublesome, flying insects.
      That is a bummer when that happens as you don't want to hang around
      and take in the view. Most of the times I have been there, you take
      a nap or have a lunch break. The section between Warwoman Dell and
      the Chatooga River has the most impressive spider webs I have run
      into. They are so strong they almost stop you in your tracks when
      you run into them. They are impressive and I think you will remember
      them if you encounter them. I enchanged posts with a fellow from
      Florida, I believe, on a Georgia hiking site I frequent who had
      turned the Georgia Bartram Trail into a loop hike by adding about an
      8 mile roadwalk along the forest service roads to connect the two
      trailheads. I think he may have shaved a few miles off by exiting
      Raburn Bald to the east via the Three Forks Trail(?) as well. Hope
      you enjoy the hike. If you are up to it, there is a great vista on a
      step side trail up to Pinnacle Peak, or some name like that, seems
      like it is less than a mile off the trail. I think it is about 4
      miles north of Warwoman Dell. There are some great sunset views, a
      spot for one tent and several hammocks up there.


      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, Robert Woods <rlwoods61@...>
      > Dave,
      > I first met John Ray When I was through hiking the Foothills
      Trail back in 2005. My hiking partner and I had hike 3 of the gorges
      during the day and walked until almost dark before we stopped. We
      stopped short of our destination but we did not know how close we
      > The next morning we got up and broke camp. About 200 yards down
      the trail we came to the campsite we were too tired to reach the
      night before. Sitting there was John Ray eating breakfast. We
      talked for about 10 minutes. He was doing research on a trail guide
      for the Foothills trail. He informed us about his trail guide to the
      Bartram trail in Georgia.
      > I still look forward to reading John's book as the Georgia
      section of the Bartram trail will be my early spring hike in 2008.
      > Bobby
      > Dave Womble <dpwomble@...> wrote:
      > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, tim garner
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > PS... you mentioned hiking near murphy where eric rudoff did some
      > of his camping. you recon he could teach us something about stelth
      > camping<g>?
      > >
      > Funny you should mention that Tim. I tagged along on that trip with
      > a buddy of mine with the American Hiking Society and one of the
      > authors of the guidebook for that trail. The author of the guide
      > book, John Ray, lead the hike using his guidebook and taking a few
      > notes along the way. On our last night out we used a stealth
      > campsite that someone that lives in that area showed him. It was
      > behind a 50 foot wall of rhododendron that he located by a certain
      > large rock in the middle of the trail, the first 15 feet of it you
      > had to crawl on your hands and knees through a rhododendron tunnel
      > before you could stand up and walk through the rest. After you
      > cleared the rhododendron it was a grassy area with scattered
      > almost a bald. I saw a few old rusted cans, a fire ring it that
      > and an old glass Pepsi bottle with a metal screw-on cap. It was
      > of neat, but I don't know if Eric used it. That is some rugged
      > country and trails. We only saw one hunter and one dirt
      > in our three days on the trail. The Fires Creek Rim Trail pretty
      > much follows the boundary of a bear sanctuary, where if they make
      > over the ridge and into the basin they are safe. The hunter said he
      > thought about 9 bears had been taken so far this year.
      > If you are interested in some of my photos from the trip, they are
      > posted here, but the descriptive text doesn't work right using IE,
      > they do with FireFox: http://tinyurl.com/yy2992
      > These are the ones from the Linville Gorge trip with Ed and Steve:
      > http://tinyurl.com/t425g
      > Dave
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