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    [QUOTE=WV;[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for the vid. WV. and the awesome
    hiking route you picked,

    On another note, I found someone's food
    hanging rope & S biner. PM me & I'll send
    it or give it to you at the MAHHA.

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    I'm sure folks who attended this hang will agree, this video needs no introduction:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OpuuAa7gdE
    - Norm

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    Finally got a chance to allow all my photos to load. Some great looking vids and photos so far from everyone.

    2nd Annual Dolly Sods Hang - Crackedups Flickr Set

    Why is it so much more funny watching monkeys tell the joke.

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    looks like a great trip! Thanks for the videos and pics from everyone!
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    My trip report

    We took the Fischer Spring Run Trail down to Red Creek. The stream crossing was easy wading and surprisingly warm. Many thanks to all the advance info from Vdeal, Countryroads, Crackedup, HappyCamper, USMCStang, and others. We trekked up Red Creek in time to meet JD at the Right Fork crossing on the Blackbird Knob Trail. Flexibility was an asset on this trip, and this was made possible by the good nature and considerable experience of all the participants. We elected to do our planned northern loop in reverse so we’d have better weather on the Rocky Ridge Trail on Friday, and this worked out well. Thursday we met some hikers who suggested that we use the full length of Raven Ridge instead connecting to the upper end of it via Dobbin Grade and Beaver View trails. That saved us some mud-slogging. Crossing Red Creek at the Beaver Dam on the Upper Red Creek Trail was interesting. Bonaparte swam, and I almost did, but Knotty pulled me out. We missed the campsite off Raven Ridge Trail that I thought I’d seen several years ago, so we had to spread out and find a sheltered spot near the junction with the Rocky Ridge Trail. This is where the positive attitude of the group really paid off. I would hike with these people anytime. Group decision-making was worthy of HammockForums, and nobody complained about the less-than-wonderful water source. Even Bonaparte didn’t grumble. Friday on Rocky Ridge Trail and Harman Trail was great. ‘Nuff said. The planned campsite for Saturday night – the Forks area we had passed through on Wednesday – was skipped, as we decided to stay two nights at the Left Fork campsite, because the Forks was crowded on Wednesday, and we expected it to be very crowded on Saturday. As it turned out, it wasn’t, but we still liked the ability to camp in one place for two nights and do day hikes on Saturday. That seems a good plan for future Dolly Sods hangs, because the area lends itself to loops starting near Blackbird Knob. Although our numbers had swelled to 15, we split up for Saturday’s activities and thus never had a group of more than ten people on a trail at once. The Left Fork campsite is really a string of campsites that allowed us to spread out, so it could be argued that we were in compliance with the Wilderness Area restriction to groups of ten or fewer the entire time. This wasn’t something that we talked about doing, but it’s nice that it worked out that way. Sunday we hiked out on the Blackbird Knob Trail, again in several separate groups. To give you an idea of how gracious and congenial this group was, they all thought Bonaparte’s loud snoring was charming and restful to listen to (while it kept them awake).
    I have been re-experiencing this fine trip in the beautiful photos and videos that have been posted. Thanks to all. HappyCamper, we look forward to seeing you on the next one. You were missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by normis1 View Post
    I'm sure folks who attended this hang will agree, this video needs no introduction:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OpuuAa7gdE
    hahahaha..... thanks for sharing! I like yours/Donna's telling better though. Something about the campfire atmosphere and all....

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    Thanks for all the kind words and comments. I'm so thrilled it was another great hang and hike at the Sods. This place never seems to disappoint. As for me, even though I didn't make it to the hang, my sister finally started to recover from her accident this weekend and made a lot of progress so it was a great weekend at my end too.

    We need some more comments and explanations on those bear fightings and sightings!
    Last edited by HappyCamper; 09-19-2011 at 12:13.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crackedup View Post
    Finally got a chance to allow all my photos to load. Some great looking vids and photos so far from everyone.

    2nd Annual Dolly Sods Hang - Crackedups Flickr Set
    So, there's the infamous fainting toad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackedup View Post
    Wednesday September 14 GPS Tracks
    Thursday September 15 GPS Tracks
    Friday September 16 GPS Tacks
    Sunday September 18 GPS Tracks

    USMCStang will have to provide you Saturday hike. I was busy fighting off bear. Would also like to thank JD for that 10 mile hike out and back up hill both ways through the snow carrying that 500lb Root Bottle, and a few other things.
    "Early-Bird" - no better name Mike! you were the most delightful group of axe-murderers anyone could meet on the internet
    who learns will love and not destroy
    the creature's life, the flower's joy

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyCamper View Post
    We need some more comments and explanations on those bear fightings and sightings!
    The bears were tame compared to the midgets with cucumbers.....

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