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Offline Sarge

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2-nighter in the Smokies
« on: April 24, 2018, 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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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2018, 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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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2018, 09:16:23 AM »
Beautiful.

Stay right there.  I'll be there in a month.  No really.
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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2018, 11:12:07 AM »
Thanks, guys.

Tony, I'll be back there for sure. You're heading to the lake just South of there, right? Beautiful country!
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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2018, 11:47:22 AM »
Yeah Sarge.  I might be able to hike into some creeks this summer.
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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2018, 06:34:32 PM »
That looks like a very useful camping knife......do you know where can I get one? :shrug: :lol:
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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2018, 08:48:31 PM »
Great looking trip. Beautiful country and weather. Glad you had some fun
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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2018, 07:03:11 AM »
Great time Sarge!  That all looked really good!  Especially the scenery views and the Kephart!
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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2018, 06:50:48 PM »
Looks like an awesome camp and outing.

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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2018, 08:37:49 PM »
thanks so much for posting this thread.  I have not been to Cade's Cove in YEARS.  Way to long.
I second the choice of a Sven Saw.  I carry one on every camping trip. 

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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2018, 03:25:35 PM »
Glad you got in some woods time. Looks like you guys had a great time. My kin folks use to live in the cades cove area before it was a park. Nice blade
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Re: 2-nighter in the Smokies
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2018, 03:50:36 PM »
The last time I was there was early Spring when I visited Grinder's Stand near Hohenwald, TN where Capt. Merriwether Lewis was either killed or committed suicide.  It was a very dismal, gray day and it was almost 'spooky' in a way.  When I got to Cade's Cove the sun broke through the mist & clouds and it turned out to be a real nice day.....still no leaves out and the grass was just beginning to green up, but a very pretty area.  I need to go back again! :thumbsup:
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