We were going to do RHK for New Years but my selfish nature got the better of me...along with my AT goals of the year I'd wished also to hike in the Savage Gulf, the Big South Fork and RRG......the year is almost up but not over and instead of RHK it is to be the Red River Gorge AND bringing in a NEW YEAR there.
So game plan so far....
Base camp in the campground (if open) Thursday night Dec. 29
Begin the loop/lollipop (depending on road conditions and where to leave cars) on Dec. 30, celebrate Dec.31st amongst the features of this gorge; and hike out Jan 1st.
We're planning on 5-6 miles/day to accommodate huge gear loads for serious cold and ample ample time to explore the formations there...I even plan to carry a real camera for the first time....mileage monsters will be bored...spiritual monsters who want to slowly soak up the lore there will be happy and blessed.
Roche is a planning kind of guy and is working on the nuances even as I eat turkey and dressing. I'd put up a possible in the retro pack thread...he may like that one or not...and we'll know more after he talks to the rangers there (hint hint hint Roche)....
This hike/hang is to be unique-
NO INTERNAL FRAME BACKPACKS!!!
Ok if it is all you have, better yet hop on ebay and go retro with us!!!
Dont hold my feet to the fire and say 'well and only 2 pound stoves too' HA!
So let's hope for decent weather to get there....once on the ground crampons will be packed.