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    Look for a group hang to go to and check out what...

    Look for a group hang to go to and check out what others have. Not likely to find much variety at local stores.

    There should be a few hammocks in Bowling Green, KY tomorrow as they try to set a...
  2. I have not hiked the whole Trace (yet). But from...

    I have not hiked the whole Trace (yet). But from the sections I've done I like the southern portion. I really enjoyed everything from the Burnt Mill Bridge to Yamacraw with the exception of a short...
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    I've been interested in Dolly Sods. Best I could...

    I've been interested in Dolly Sods. Best I could prolly do is a long weekend though. I'll try to check back in.
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    An 8 day solo hike awesome for a rookie! I've...

    An 8 day solo hike awesome for a rookie!

    I've been told you can't discuss food in this section (you have to go to the paid section) so, hopefully this flies. You're best bet may be another forum...
  5. +1 on Red River Gorge - Lots of various options. ...

    +1 on Red River Gorge - Lots of various options. You can do backcountry camping, primitive camping or campground (Koomer Ridge). Just check the rules/regs - they're slightly different within RRG vs...
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    I do too. I've been to Blue Heron & Yahoo Falls...

    I do too. I've been to Blue Heron & Yahoo Falls area of the BSF in KY numerous times as a kid because my mother was born in that area. I've only been backpacking twice in the BSF and love it. ...
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    A great weekend to be out. Here's my report: ...

    A great weekend to be out. Here's my report:

    CLICK HERE
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    What about something in the Big South Fork. Lots...

    What about something in the Big South Fork. Lots of options to make whatever trip you want. My first thought is to stage out of the Bandy Creek Campground and make what ever loop you want.
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    Hard to avoid some elevation change in this area....

    Hard to avoid some elevation change in this area. But, overall I would consider this to be a fairly easy hike for this area. Details are in my trip report.

    CLICK HERE
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    TN > Big South Fork

    Here are some teaser pics from my trip to Slave Falls and Twin Arches in the Big South Fork. I'll update later with a full trip report.

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    TRIP REPORT
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    If anyone is interested: BSF...

    If anyone is interested:

    BSF
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    Look for Needle Arch in that area too, visit...

    Look for Needle Arch in that area too, visit Charit Creek Lodge and make a loop with the Sheltowee and Laurel Fork Creek.
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    TN > Big South Fork > 4/23 - 4/25

    Anyone interested in a trip to Big South Fork?

    When: Sat, 4/23 - Mon, 4/25 (could possibly head down Fri, 4/22, later in the day)
    Where: BSF - Slave Falls & Twin Arches
    Distance: 20 mile +/-...
  14. Enjoyed your report. Nice to see text in pics...

    Enjoyed your report. Nice to see text in pics when is seems like most trip reports are video these days.

    I too hope some day to do a thru hike - Not likely to happen until I retire.
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    You're welcome to join. Send me a PM if you're...

    You're welcome to join. Send me a PM if you're interested.
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    I'm working the weekend of 4/16 and looking to...

    I'm working the weekend of 4/16 and looking to possibly make a trip to Big South Fork the weekend of 4/23.

    Maybe I can catch another group hang when it swings back closer to SW Ohio.
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    Too bad Max & Loki didn't have time to get to...

    Too bad Max & Loki didn't have time to get to know ea other.

    BTW - I'm intrigued by your DIY dog shelter. I may have to give this some thought - I could see Max adding a 2nd door though! ...
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    Thanks for putting together the meet up. It was...

    Thanks for putting together the meet up. It was nice to get to meet a few Buckeyes. Wish I would have been able to camp - those winds (and trees) were wicked!
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    Unless I ride the bike he will prolly come along.

    Unless I ride the bike he will prolly come along.
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    I plan on coming out Sat to join (I'll be...

    I plan on coming out Sat to join (I'll be painting and putting up baseboards tonight). Really looking forward to meeting you all!
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    Are you all gonna be there Fri & Sat night? My...

    Are you all gonna be there Fri & Sat night?

    My backpacking plan fell through. So, I'm going to try to make at least Sat night. I'd love to meet some fellow backpackers in my area (SW Ohio). ...
  22. Big South Fork - Get the Nat Geo map and you can...

    Big South Fork - Get the Nat Geo map and you can make a route that meets your needs.
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    Sounds like the hanging is close enough to the...

    Sounds like the hanging is close enough to the truck to bring a cooler and "real" food. Yes?
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    Thanks! If my current backpacking plan falls...

    Thanks!

    If my current backpacking plan falls through I will keep this in mind. OK to bring my backpacking partner (AKA dog)?

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    Sorry if I've missed the details on when & where....

    Sorry if I've missed the details on when & where.

    Looks like weekend of 4/2. Yes?

    Is this gonna be at one of the sites on the Twin Valley Backpacking Trail or somewhere else?
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    Don't forget about Hidden Arch and Silvermine...

    Don't forget about Hidden Arch and Silvermine Arch. Both are close to the KR Campground.
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    I think it just means no campers - RVs, pop-ups,...

    I think it just means no campers - RVs, pop-ups, etc.

    If it happens to be full you could always stay at one of the primitive sites off Tunnel Ridge Rd. The still have pit toilets and close to the...
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    Just north of Cincy here. I've done zero...

    Just north of Cincy here.

    I've done zero backpacking in Ohio...Most of my time has been spent in KY.
  29. +1 I think the Courthouse Rock, Double Arch...

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    I think the Courthouse Rock, Double Arch and Star Gap Arch are some of the best sites in The Gorge. You could also stop by Arch of Triumph on the way back to the car. You can camp along the...
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    Thanks guys!

    Thanks guys!
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    Best Way to Finish a Hem

    When I made my synthetic quilt a put it together wrong side out, sewed the perimeter all the way around leaving about 12-14" open. I then turned the quilt right side out and did a rolled hem on the...
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    I April is looking pretty busy. But, by week...

    I April is looking pretty busy. But, by week hike on the Sheltowee looks to be falling apart. So, that may free up some time unless I come up with a plan B.

    You all pick a date and if it's...
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    I haven't been but, have read some on it. It's a...

    I haven't been but, have read some on it. It's a formal process to backpack there. The way I understand it is that you have to pre-register with the park and provide the names of all participants...
  34. Wow...Looks like a great time. Perhaps I can...

    Wow...Looks like a great time. Perhaps I can catch a ride north with Badwind at a future hang!

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Well, I think it turned out pretty good. I kept...

    Well, I think it turned out pretty good. I kept the original darts and it seems fine, although I think less would be too.

    Only thing I goofed on was forgetting to put my line locs on the loops...
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    OK, that's what I was thinking. I thought you...

    OK, that's what I was thinking. I thought you had to either be in the campground or designated area vs. open backcountry camping. I've never been and would like to go. Unfortunately, this weekend...
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    Is there backcountry camping in Shawnee?

    Is there backcountry camping in Shawnee?
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    Very nice! I may be too far into this one to go...

    Very nice! I may be too far into this one to go that route. But, I may change the amount of the darts I'm using.
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    Climashield UQ - Differential Cut

    I know it's accepted that a synthetic UQ does not have to be differential cut. But, I wanted to.

    My question is, will the following give me too much gap with 3.6 oz/yd Climashield?

    Top Shell: ...
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    Wowzers...The Snugpack is over 46.5 oz!

    Wowzers...The Snugpack is over 46.5 oz!
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    Thanks for the quick input. I'll check these...

    Thanks for the quick input. I'll check these out.



    Hey! My plan was to have a 0 & 40 (3/4 length?) UQ with a 20 TQ. I also have Frankenquilts from JCP jackets (maybe 50 degree).
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    Synthetic Quilt Options

    I'm changing my set up a bit to have a 0 and 40 degree UQ. In considering the options for a 40 I wanted to look at possibilities in the synthetic insulation. I've been watching the for sale section...
  43. I do not (outrageGIS offers GPS data for the...

    I do not (outrageGIS offers GPS data for the Sheltowee). I might have some after April if I decide to carry GPS. The section from
    Cumberland is pretty straight forward.

    The green on the...
  44. I assume you're thinking about doing a one way, 3...

    I assume you're thinking about doing a one way, 3 day, section of the Sheltowee. I don't have a map in front of me. But, I think you'd be looking at a lil over 10 mi/day (15 mi?). Certainly...
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    KY>Sheltowee>Cumberland to Bark Camp

    J3bags and I did a couple nights along the Sheltowee Trace.

    TRIP REPORT HERE
  46. +1 on the Sheltowee and Red River Gorge. Some...

    +1 on the Sheltowee and Red River Gorge.

    Some discussion on this HERE

    How many miles a day and what conditions do you like or dislike? For example, RRG is very cool and unique area, but can be...
  47. I wouldn't recommend hiking many places in The...

    I wouldn't recommend hiking many places in The Gorge in the dark; places can be dangerous and hard to find.


    Thanks. I have some of the recipes I use in the link in my signature.
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    Route Idea

    Just some thoughts. I'm game for whatever - I'm just excited to get to go and that backpacking season has started!

    Option 1: Slave Falls/Twin Arches Loop
    This area should take us past some rock...
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    Looking at the map it looks like most of the...

    Looking at the map it looks like most of the Slave Falls to Charit Creek Trail follows the creek (from the Sawmill trail head to the lodge).

    I know the lodge sits on the creek and there's a great...
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    J3B - I'm in. Maybe we can get some feedback on...

    J3B - I'm in. Maybe we can get some feedback on possible routes.

    We are looking at a 2 night loop from the Middle Creek trail head past Slave Falls, Needle Arch, Twin Arches to Charit Creek Lodge...
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