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    Pinhoti 12/11 - 13

    Angrysparrow, Hetairoi and myself went up to Heflin Al last weekend to hike a short section of the Pinhoti. Our original plans went astray when I came up lame due to severe blisters from new boots and bad socks. Fortunately, Sam and John decided not to shoot me to put me out of their and my misery!

    We hiked from the Pine Glen Campground to the Lower Shoals Shelter, approximately 7 miles. Since we got there late on Friday, we hiked after dark for about half those miles. And, in order to make the hike that much more difficult I decided to leave my headlamp in the truck! I hiked by the light of Sam and John's lamps. They were very patient with an old man who can't remember all his gear!

    Here is a shot looking out from the shelter.



    A shot of my SWT ready for a cold night.



    Sam on the left and John on the right.



    A shot of the shelter. Very nice place, clean, no mice and we got a regular visit from a Great Heron each day.



    Looking down from the trail above the shelter.



    Another shot.



    Sam and John had gone on down the trail on a day hike while I rested the dogs. Upon their return we ate lunch and then gathered enough firewood for a really nice fire that lasted well into the night. The obligatory rain started around 5 pm and continued on through the night. It let up for awhile in the morning and then drizzled on us while we hiked out on Sunday.

    A good time was had by all with promises to return and do the original hike plan!

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    That is an excellent section following the creek most of the way. It was truly outstanding with fall colors last October. Glad it treated you well this past weekend.

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    Pinhoti

    Thanks for the trip report MrPrez.
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    Nice trip and good pics. Thanks for sharing.
    We had anywhere from 3 to 5 inches Saturday night, depending on what part of the county you were in down here near Savannah, GA. Hope yours was a milder variety rain.

    Looks like I need to start looking at the upper section of Pinhoti for some hiking.
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    Thanks all.

    I don't think we had too much rain during the night. None of the creeks were any higher than they were when we hiked in.

    I agree, that was my first real experience on the Pinhoti, I was pretty impressed. I will be back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    Thanks all.

    I don't think we had too much rain during the night. None of the creeks were any higher than they were when we hiked in.

    I agree, that was my first real experience on the Pinhoti, I was pretty impressed. I will be back!
    Great report and great pics John. Call me when you are ready for your next Pinhoti trip. I'm only 2-2.5 hours from the Cheaha trailhead.

    Merry Christmas,

    Dale

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    MrPrez:
    I'm in with Southmark. Next time you decide to hike the Pinhoti let me know. I live about 45 minutes form there and have never hiked it. Thanks for the trail report and photos, between you and Bearpaw I may be getting Pinhoti Fever.
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    As soon as my feet heal up....they are getting better. I no longer walk like Frankenstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    As soon as my feet heal up....they are getting better. I no longer walk like Frankenstein.
    Does that mean I may be able to half way keep up with you?

    I may try and put together a Pinhoti/Chinnabee/Skyway loop trip (about 18 miles) in February if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southmark View Post
    Does that mean I may be able to half way keep up with you?
    I am slow, anyone can keep up with me!

    Quote Originally Posted by southmark View Post
    I may try and put together a Pinhoti/Chinnabee/Skyway loop trip (about 18 miles) in February if anyone is interested.
    I'd probably be interested...I am sure we could get a pretty good group together.

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