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    White Rocks trip report 4-8-13

    This was a fine trip. Thanks to XTrekker for planning this one. I only knew Hickery and Cranky Bear from previous hikes, but as usual all the HF folks were great to hike with. I'm not sure which of the others were newbies because they'd clearly done their homework.

    I got there Thursday about 4 PM and reached the campsite by 6. It rained during the night, but I stayed dry, if a bit cool. My summer top quilt and underquilt, augmented with a second light UQ required some fiddling to keep my feet warm. Temp was probably about 32° F.

    Friday was clear. The others had good weather for their hike in. Friday night the temp must have been in the twenties. There was lots of ice in my water bottles, though they weren't frozen solid.

    I received the Wandering Staff from XTrekker, and it's a beautiful piece of work. We all signed the log contained in its secret compartment. I requested that each signer try it out by walking around the campfire circle, because I wanted them to feel how light it is. All complied with due seriousness and concentration, except of course Cranky Bear, who galloped around using the sacred staff as a hobby horse.

    Saturday's hike up to White Rocks was perfect. What a nice spot! Very windy Saturday night, but I'd spent some time earlier fine-tuning my hammock insulation and used the windbreak tarp effectively, so slept nice and warm. Next morning I strolled over to Hickery's setup and fixed breakfast. He had selected probably the best location up there. Note to self: in the future, follow Hickery and do what he does.

    Attached are some pics. Didn't see wildflowers in the woods yet, though there were a few Indian Poke coming up along the stream. It was nice to see the view through the trees while hiking. Saw Coltsfoot blooming along the road on the drive out.

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    David,you're destin to be lostWhat a great hike ! I was the last to wander into camp Friday around 6. Ten fine folks gathered for the hang .Easy hiking,great views ,beautiful area.I'd sure do it again.
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    Nice report and pictures Dave ... you do know Hickery's motto don't ya?

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    Nice pics dave. Glad you all had a good time. Thanks for sharing.

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    White Rocks trip report 4-8-13

    Nice pictures! Glad you folks had a good time.
    We had a similar gathering this weekend in Florida, with double the temperature, no views, and foliage in perpetual green. The similarity was the good folks around the campfire.

    BTW, I love the idea of the Wandering Staff!
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    Beautiful, Thanks for the photos.

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    Awesome Trip report and great photos Dave...Ill have all my GoPro Shots condensed into a video here in the next day or two. Trying to do school work and still find time to edit the footage is tricky. Hopefully tomorrow, I will have the first video uploaded for yall.

    Edit: Added Trip Report Video. Nothing special. Slapped together in spare time at class.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5bDV6JMSOw


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    Great report for a great trip. A special thanks to cranky for giving me some pointers in Lessing my load. I can do 65 lbs but don't want to again.....ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataris121 View Post
    Great report for a great trip. A special thanks to cranky for giving me some pointers in Lessing my load. I can do 65 lbs but don't want to again.....ever.
    Im with ya on that. My Base is around 23lbs. I want to build an ultralight kit this summer for when I go solo or for longer trips. Gonna try an get it under 17lbs if I can afford it. It may take awhile to save up.
    I can hang onto the 23lb setup that I currently have, for when my wife comes along again.

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    That looked like a great trip! I hope to see that staff sometime, only thing is I'd want two, one for each hand! HA!
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