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    Pinchot Trail overnight

    After going up to Scranton for a college visit, my family decided to go on a short overnight backpack trip. My son and I were in hammocks, while my wife and daughter were ground dwellers. We got a late start, but we didn't have far to go, but not knowing the campsites I was a little concerned. We hiked in the Choke Creek Nature Trail section of the trail. While we hiked in the first 2 sites were only big enough for 1 tent, and maybe 1 hammock. Then we finally got to the creek. First site was occupied, but it was in the grass by the creek so no good for hammocks. Next site we came to was occupied too, didn't look to great, but it looked like you could have gone into the trees; on we went into the fading light. The next site was ok, a little removed from the creek, but better woods, but not that good and also occupied. We were thinking that we may have to hike the full loop with headlamps, but I still was holding out hope since none looked like the sites that I found on a blog description of a hike. I also posted these on the planning thread I posted. Finally we get to the perfect site. Lots of trees, a fire pit with wood, and plenty of places for hanging. Just able to get everything setup before dark. The weather held out and we had a great time. Here is a short video of the trip.

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    Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Is that little orange thing under your rig a gear hammock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Latitude918 View Post
    Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Is that little orange thing under your rig a gear hammock?
    It was a great time, especially with the whole family.
    Yes the orange thing is a gear hammock, it was my first DIY. It was from this plan by SteelerNation.
    It's not that comfortable of a chair, but I have used it as a pack cover during hunting season and a gear hammock. I normally leave my pack strapped to a tree, but a quick shower blew through and I decided to put it up. I also wondered if it could work as a splash cover/wind guard, but it's a little short.
    "Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. ... To live only for some future goal is shallow. Itís the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow." - Robert M. Pirsig

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    Thumbs up Gorgeous

    Your video is really well-done and the area you camped and hiked in looks absolutely beautiful! How were the mosquitos and other insects?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanRijn View Post
    Your video is really well-done and the area you camped and hiked in looks absolutely beautiful! How were the mosquitos and other insects?
    During the hike in the mosquitoes were bad, but not terrible. If you stopped they swooped in, but surprisingly we were not bothered at all in the camp site. My son had a few ticks on him, but we got them before they had a chance to attach. Thanks for the compliment on the video...I'm still fiddling with the editor and it's resolution settings.
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    Nice video. I've been debating doing the Pinchot Trail. Looks nice.
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    Looks like a great time

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