Two Days in Sipsey Wilderness, Alabama
We spent 2 days in the Sipsey Wilderness Area within the Bankhead National Forest north of Birmingham, Al. this weekend. We had 7 people in our group with 4 of those being ground dwellers. The three of us hangers stayed comfortable and mostly warm with the exception of one that is new to hammocking and did not have his underquilt adjusted properly. We camped within 20 feet of the beautiful Sipsey River. We had about a 4.5 mile hike in to the camp and then another 6 miles out which should have been about 4 miles. We decided to take an unofficial trail out which was fine til we got back to trail 205. We followed this trail til it ran out due to lack of use caused by tornado blow-downs. We backtracked to the unofficial trail and ran it on back to the trailhead. All in all it was a good trip and we introduced a few to hammock camping.