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    Delaware Water Gap to Culvers Gap AT Hike (PICS)

    October 12,13,14 2012 three pals and I went on a hike of the Appalachian Trail from Delaware Water Gap to Culvers Gap in NJ. It had been a decade since my last multi day backpacking trip, although I had done a few overnighters, and plenty of car camping.

    We took off from the Dunnsfield Parking Area on the NJ side of the Gap. I believe the official AT distance between the DWG Dunnfield parking area and Culvers Gap Sunrise Moutnain parking area is just under 30 miles. We probably could have done it over 2 days but opted for an easier 3rd and exit day. Thank you to all who gave me some info from my thread here: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=60357

    Friday night was cold with a frost warning and temps to 27* per the local forecast. When we registered the car at the exit point in Stokes Forest the attendant warned us of the cold. We knew what we were getting into. We hiked about 11 miles to the Mohican Outdoor Center and decided to camp there since the Lodge was always open in case of emergency. They did not allow fires at the campsites but there was a chimney that we could start a fire that was just off the lake. It was a great spot with a ton of benches and we had a great fire before retireing at about 9pm.

    Vendor endorsement time...I used the Jarbridge River underquilt for the first time under my ENO Doublenest and also used a blue CCF pad and a synth sleeping bag rated at +20* and I was warm all night dressed in wool socks, REI Polartec Flees pants, and UnderArmour Coldgear top. I also had a fleece hooded gaiter and a 750 fill down puffy vest. The only thing that was cold at all was my nose so I pulled the gaiter on and off the schnoz as needed. I probably didn't need the puffy vest and lost it and the gaiter on the second night which was only in the high 40's at night.

    Left Mohican Saturday Morning at 9am and toold the Rattlesnake Swamp Trail to the AT and the Kittantiny Ridge. Wow what a view. Camped just beyond the trail for the Buttermilk Falls trailhead off the AT which left about 7 miles for our last day.

    Well here are some pics. The foilage was stunning, and my Cannon A480 point an shoot really does not do the area justice:

    Start of our trek at the Dunnfield Parking Area at Delaware Water Gap in NJ. My car was the only one in the lot at the time.








    These guys were everywhere on the first day..


    First Vista overlooking Delaware River




    Me


    Lower Yards Reservoir


    Raccoon Ridge/Mt Mohican




    Mohican Outdoor Center/Appalahaian Mountain Club Lodge




    ENO Doublenest with AHE Jardrige River, CCF pad and Ledge +20 bag






    The Chimney At Mohican Outdoor Center




    Cold night - 30 degrees at 8 AM




    Kittantiny Ridge at Rattlesnake Swamp Trail and AT intersection






    Catfish Fire Tower




    Break time...recharging




    Water Pump just off Blue Mountain Lakes Rd


    Saturday Night Campsite






    Top of Rattlesnake Mountain




    Culvers Lake


    Another of Culver's Lake...I tried to get the hawk in the pic...there were a ton of hawk here...migrating time?


    End of the journey at Culvers's Gap


    Last edited by Chris K; 10-16-2012 at 10:59.

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    Nice trip report. I can't wait to do the rest of the AT in NJ.

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    This report reminds me of a hike we took with the Boy Scouts two springs ago, (2011?). We hiked out of Camp NoBeBoSco. We hit Rattlesnake Swamp trail, the AT, and had lunch at the fire tower. Great pics, and report.
    Scout Master Troop 303, Carneys Point, NJ

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    Thanks for the pictures, Chris. I really miss the AT!!

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    Great pics, thanks for sharing them!!! Looks like the hike was a lot of fun.

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    Thanks for sharing your adventure, great pics.
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    I did that same section not so long ago. Thank you for the memories. We camped on a small plataue just over from that fire tower and woke up to those wonderfull views.

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    Thanks for the great report and pics. I need to get out more. This is so close to me that I really have no excuse.
    Syb
    Enjoy the elevation

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    Just wanted to add that of all the maps and copies of thru hikers companion and such the two best sources of info I had were the official ATC NY->NJ Maps 3&4, a photocopy of a section from the book "The best of the Appalachian Trail Overnight Hikes," and the pamphlet from the National Park Service:

    http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisi...&PageID=241735

    I attached a pdf file of the "Overnight Hikes" photocopy that I brought and I think I referred to this the most.

    I will need to plan to finish up the remainder of the state of NJ AT some time soon, perhaps with better insoles for my boots.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    This little guy is a wooly worm. There's a wooly worm festival in Banner Elk, NC THIS WEEKEND. The wooly worm races are always great fun!

    Old timers look at the proportion of red to black stripes to predict the severity of the coming winter. More red: mild winter. More black: severe winter.

    Loved the pictures and the report! Thanks for posting!
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