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    Chatooga River Trip Apr 23, 2011

    Took a trip up the Chatooga River recently. Parked at the trailhead just below Burrell's Ford and hiked north. I feel like I cheated this trip as we only went in about 10 minutes and found a beautiful spot and set up there by the river.





    Took a bunch of different cooking gear to do some field testing.
    Jet Boil, Venom alcohol stove, Heiney pot, caldera cones, Snow Peak Titanium etc



    Friday supper was Burritos. The meat mixture and Salsa was dehydrated at home and brought back to life at camp.





    Hit the hammock early that first night. Temp was 57 degrees at night, just perfect for sleeping.

    It was nearly 9:00 when I got out Saturday morning.
    Breakfast was scrambled eggs and bacon, chased with Starbucks VIA coffee.
    The eggs, cheese, and salt were frozen at home and thawed overnight. The bacon was the precooked type.



    The plan for the day was to hike from the river up to the Foothills Trail and then up to the Fish Hatchery and back down the East Fork Trail.
    Here is a GPS screenshot of the area.
    The purple line is the Foothills Trail, Green is the Fork Mountain Trail from Sloan's Bridge to the river, Black is along the Chatooga River, and the blue is the 9.4 mile hike we took. We camped at "Camp 2011".



    Supper that evening was Spaghetti, based on the video from Babelfish5.
    You can find it here.
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/v...ls&videoid=384

    Meat sauce and spaghetti were cooked, mixed together and dehydrated.


    In camp, put the spaghetti in a pot and cover with water.


    Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.


    Finished product


    Dessert was chocolate cake from the video by Bluefin 774.
    You can find it here

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...chocolate+cake

    I bought Betty Crocker Chocolate Caramel Microwave Cake Mix. Just add water. Mixed it up and poured it into a Ziplock Screwtop container. It had frozen eggs in it earlier.




    Put the bowl in a pot of boiling water and cover for 15 minutes.


    Cover with the caramel and enjoy. This is a keeper.


    Had another beautiful evening and cool night and slept like a baby.

    Breakfast was the Egg, Hash Browns, Sausage Casserole from Can't Wait.
    You can see his video here.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ight=scrambled



    Added some leftover bacon and cheddar cheese.
    This is another keeper.



    We loafed around until noon and hiked the 10 minutes back out.

    I really appreciate the help from the three video chefs.
    Those are great recipes. Please keep them coming.
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    Hey Swampfox, let me know when you do that trip again! I'll be there with my titanium spork!!

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    Nice report Swampfox. Looking forward to your dessert making skills in 8 more days at the Goat Island Hang, Lake Greenwood, May 20-22 (sorry, I know, last minute shameless plug. . . ). For those that don't know, this Swampfox is one heckuva chef when you put a Dutch Oven in his hands. Hmmmm . . . wonder if Dutch can make a lightweight titanium DUTCH Oven

    Definitely need to get on a Foothills outing with you. Might have to look into November for one of those trip. I'll need a good trip by then.
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    Swampfox... We are going to have to coordinate our trips one of the days... I'm headed up this weekend. I'm going to do a short hike in and hang near licklog falls
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    Nice trip report. great spot on the river.

    its all about the food!

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    Now that's my kind of backpacking food! I've got to get a dehydator. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShellD View Post
    Hey Swampfox, let me know when you do that trip again! I'll be there with my titanium spork!!
    You'd be welcome at my fire anytime ShellD

    Quote Originally Posted by Muskrat View Post
    Looking forward to your dessert making skills in 8 more days at the Goat Island Hang, Lake Greenwood, May 20-22 (sorry, I know, last minute shameless plug. . . ). For those that don't know, this Swampfox is one heckuva chef when you put a Dutch Oven in his hands. Hmmmm . . . wonder if Dutch can make a lightweight titanium DUTCH Oven

    Definitely need to get on a Foothills outing with you. Might have to look into November for one of those trip. I'll need a good trip by then.
    For next Saturday dessert, I'm planning a Blackberry Mountain Dew Cobbler and Peach Upside-Down Cake. IMO, the most noble thing a young peach can aspire to become, followed closely by hand-cranked home-made peach ice cream.
    I'm thinking next fall, we need to put together a group hang, either on the Foothills Trail or up the Chatooga.

    Quote Originally Posted by carolinasbackpacker View Post
    Swampfox... We are going to have to coordinate our trips one of the days... I'm headed up this weekend. I'm going to do a short hike in and hang near licklog falls
    I agree. Have a good time this weekend. Don't forget the rain gear.
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    Pretty place! You guys sure did eat well!


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    If I had known it was an all inclusive hammock trip, I'd have driven up.

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    Great report and wonderful pictures. I don't think you cheated this trip at all. You were just very efficient in finding a great spot for the hammock. I look forward to meeting you at the Goat Island trip as well.
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