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    Swamp of the Dead, Minnesota

    Who remembers the forest that was filled with werewolves in the movie "Underworld"? Ya, well that is the one and only thing I could think about as I started my hike into the pitch black darkness last night.

    Recently, all of my backpacking trips have been short overnighters into random places that I find near the cities using Google's topographic and satellite images. Sometimes the areas I find are wonderful and other times not-so-much.

    I started my journey into what looked like a forest on google but ended up being a thick swamp filled with dead trees and creepiness. As many of you know I started hammocking so that I could tree climb and sleep in the canopy (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=39585) and last night I wanted to take it easy and see how much I enjoyed sleeping near the ground like most of you guys do. However, after I bushwacked about 1/2 mile into the swamp I turned into a sissy little girl (I think I even screamed at one point when I thought something was stalking me). I ended up setting my hammock up about 15 feet in the air which was relatively low but high enough to make me feel safe from lycans. Temperatures got down to 15 degrees according to my thermometer but I slept warm. Here are some pictures that I snapped the next morning:









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    And here is a picture of the crap that I bushwacked through in pure darkness last night. I honestly thought I was going to get eaten.



    I hope you guys enjoyed my story!

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    Nice pics. I think I'd be too scared to camp out there, but I can be a big baby!
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    looks a little creepy.... especially in the first pic!

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    You are a brave brave man..
    Very cool...

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    That place looks really creepy!

    How do we really know that you avoided the lycans? How do we know they didn't really get you, and you are just lurking amongst us now waiting for your opportunity to strike at the rest of us?

    If you did, would that make me a were-buffalo? Now there's a scrary thought. I mean, imagine how strong a hammock I would have to make to support my weight....
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    Off of Larpenteur?
    If so....I know that swamp well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Off of Larpenteur?
    If so....I know that swamp well.
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    if it is off of larpenteur you probably have more real things to be afraid of than werewolves! well I guess depending on where on larpenteur.... the parts I know are very shady!

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    ^Shug, nope, this swamp was out in the country next to the Vermillion River.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buffalo Skipper View Post
    How do we really know that you avoided the lycans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingdad View Post
    if it is off of larpenteur you probably have more real things to be afraid of than werewolves! well I guess depending on where on larpenteur.... the parts I know are very shady!
    When I said "close to the cities" I meant within a 50 mile distance from my house . Haha. I go backpacking to get away from the cities! If I were to camp where I could hear police sirens and cars all night my backpacking adventures would be tainted for life.

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    Nice work on getting up in the tree. Is that a safety harness you made around your midsection?
    I've tried hanging higher in trees as well, but I'm always a little freaked out that my hammock will fall.

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