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Bushlore and Outdoor Skills / Re: Tree ID -- sort of
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 09:16:31 AM »
My first thought was that somebody did that a long time back with an axe and maybe over the course of spending a winter there.  But after thinking about it I doubt it.  Could it be some kind of disease caused by a borer of some sort?
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Overnight and Camping / Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Last post by madmax on Yesterday at 09:16:23 AM »
Beautiful.

Stay right there.  I'll be there in a month.  No really.
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Overnight and Camping / Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 09:03:47 AM »
Nice photos Sarge.  Great camp and country.  I have slept outside a fair bit but have never owned a hammock.  It might be a good way to go.  I was thinking of getting one of those SOL bivvys or emergency blankets to keep in the truck for the winter travel kit.  Glad to hear it makes a difference.

Nice Kephart too.  :)

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Overnight and Camping / 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 08:30:23 AM »
Finally got out in the woods after having to cancel/re-schedule several prior attempts. Spent two nights in a backcountry campsite in the Cades Cove area of the National Park. Days were warm but night time temps got down into the 30's - the coldest nights I've slept in a hammock but I survived.


That's my hang on the right. I used a down underquilt. The second night I used an SOL Sport Utility Emergency Blanket in addition to the underquilt and it made a noticeable difference in comfort.

Friend brought along his new Sven saw. First time I've used one and it was a great addition to the Bacho saw and Fiskars hatchet. We burned more wood than usual due to the cold nights.



Gratuitous Kephart shot...

Highlight of the trip was Friday's hike up to Gregory Bald on the TN/NC state line. At 4,949', it is not the highest elevation in the park but it offers one of the best views - almost 360 degrees. Fortunately, we had clear skies and great visibility.


Leaving the woods and entering the bald.




Looking NNE down into Cades Cove


Looking south into North Carolina


Another look at Cades Cove on the hike down. Still not much foliage in the upper elevations.


Hiking out on Saturday

 
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Overnight and Camping / Re: Another Ocala NF Outing
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 07:37:45 AM »
That place looks awesome.
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Overnight and Camping / Re: Overnighter in SE Washington
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 07:35:32 AM »
Man, what a steak!
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Overnight and Camping / Re: Mannlicher and Mad Max in camp
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 07:34:31 AM »
Looks like good times - except for the gal with the gun part. Great pics, Thanks for sharing.
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General Discussion / Re: Photo Hosting
« Last post by Sarge on Yesterday at 07:30:51 AM »
I've used Imgur since the Photobucket changes. Seems ok ... so far.
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Overnight and Camping / Re: Mannlicher and Mad Max in camp
« Last post by Mannlicher on Yesterday at 07:21:26 AM »
should be a piece of cake.  We can always run some trails up in the Osceola NF also,  if you are still working up in that area.  I know the place pretty well.
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General Discussion / Re: Photo Hosting
« Last post by Mannlicher on Yesterday at 07:17:37 AM »
after Photobucket kicked the bucket,  I settled on PictureTrail.  works fine,  is free,  and easy enough for a technologically challenged individual like me to figure out and use.
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