still fuckin with climb cuz climb pays: the ILX hiking thread

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I do a lot of hiking in the GSMs.

Here is my foot on top of a waterfall:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/primrosehill/grotto4.jpg
(fuck ankle support, I guess)

I did twenty miles the other day (Cooper Road and Rabbit Creek trails). It was a bit O_O because all the black bears have just come out of hibernation. Got to campsite and saw this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/primrosehill/wherethebearsare.jpg

The bears were nuts all day! Saw more than I ever have in my life. Any of y'all ever been approached by a bear?

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Saturday, 16 May 2009 22:12 (eleven years ago) link

jesus christ are you serious?? you actually saw bears for real?? think i'd probably have a heart attack. did get pretty excited when we saw deer just a few feet away from us when hiking out at the marin headlands, but then i get excited about seeing squirrels.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:04 (eleven years ago) link

I saw a ton of bears, one ran right across my trail. Some more experienced hikers have told me not to worry about bears and that if a bear attacks you just whack it on the nose, as if you are punishing a child, and it will run from you, "probably". Shit like that makes me feel pretty amateur hour.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:06 (eleven years ago) link

what kind of bears, like how big? i got scared the first time i saw a sign warning about mountain lions, jordan couldn't understand till i explained to him that in nz the scariest animal you can encounter in the wild is a boar.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:12 (eleven years ago) link

i wld be afraid of a wild boar!

i used to be terrified of mountain lions but i never actually saw one.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:13 (eleven years ago) link

also: 20 mi sounds insane! the most i've ever done is probably 7, and i was pretty fucked afterwards.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:13 (eleven years ago) link

yeah but you don't really see them all that often xp

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:14 (eleven years ago) link

the first time i saw a snake (it was about 7") while hiking was also freaky, but i managed to get photographed with it

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:15 (eleven years ago) link

I saw a ton of bears, one ran right across my trail. Some more experienced hikers have told me not to worry about bears and that if a bear attacks you just whack it on the nose, as if you are punishing a child, and it will run from you, "probably". Shit like that makes me feel pretty amateur hour.

― (b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, May 17, 2009 12:06 AM (8 minutes ago)

what the fuuuck

k3vin k., Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:16 (eleven years ago) link

Justine, they were black bears, like this one:

http://www.shularinn-pigeonforge.com/slideshow/images/smoky_mountains_black_bear_jpg.jpg

Although tbh one of them that day looked like this:

http://ahimsablog.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/black-bear-baby.jpg

I saw some bear TRACKS that were scarier than any bear I've ever seen, though.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:18 (eleven years ago) link

See, bears don't want to fuck with you, though. If you make noise on the trail so that you don't sneak up on them, and if you don't mess with them, they're not a danger to you at all. People get really freaked out by bears but I think they've only killed maybe 2 people ever in the Smoky Mountains and one was an idiotic baby who was taunting it and its parents let it and the bear just swiped at it and it died. No one had ever been killed by a bear in the Smokies until 2000. IIRC that incident had something to do with a girl gathering blackberries and there was a bear inside the bush.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:20 (eleven years ago) link

They are mostly sweet, and want to leave you alone and be left alone, in my experience. This is why I don't bushwhack much during non-hibernation periods.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:21 (eleven years ago) link

so they're not huge, right? maybe the same height as an average person, standing up? tbh, that cub is too cute for words and i'd have to be restrained from attempting to pet it and consequently incurring the wrath of its mum

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:21 (eleven years ago) link

when we went to the zoo last year we spent aaaaaaaages hanging out talking to 'ting ting' the sun bear

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:22 (eleven years ago) link

I saw many deer while I was on the trail at night. I was under the impression that deer were diurnal, but I kept hearing all this rustling around between 10 and midnight. I'd flash my light over thinking it was a bear, and it'd be some beautiful deer just prancing through the forest.

xpost yeah most of them are about person sized or smaller that I've seen, there are some fucking huge mamas out there though. The babies are embarrassingly cute, and tumble around in trees and try to get you to pet them so that their moms can kill you, it's terrible

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:24 (eleven years ago) link

i don't like hiking but this thread title makes me really really happy

it was this or niggaz with altitude

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:38 (eleven years ago) link

lol

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:45 (eleven years ago) link

North Face backpack where I'm hold'n all the work at

umma doomie (Curt1s Stephens), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:48 (eleven years ago) link

haha the other day me and my hiking buddy were on a trail and we passed this huge lump of white animal hair and i was like "what could this possibly have come from?" i picked some up to inspect it, saying "haw, im disturbing this ecosystem." my buddy was like "yeah, and it's disturbing me"

i wish that could be our hiking club's motto somehow

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 04:50 (eleven years ago) link

I can't wait to get this:

http://www.mysigg.com/ProductImages/MYSIGG/8025.50.JPG

pretty much the most metal looking thing ever

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:05 (eleven years ago) link

On my last hike I totally ran out of water! I was only a couple miles from the endpoint, though. Next time will take two of the above.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:07 (eleven years ago) link

That is pretty metal. How many ounces?

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:10 (eleven years ago) link

it's 33 oz

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:12 (eleven years ago) link

am also considering the nalgene flask

http://www.bepreparedtosurvive.com/NalgeneFlask.jpg

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:13 (eleven years ago) link

I ran outta water on a hike in Arizona once, a day into it (which meant a day's hike out in ridic heat w/o water). It was kinda scary at first but we found a big tree, all by its lonesome, and sure enough there was a little water hole next to it.

SQUIRREL WITH A PEOPLE FACE (╓abies), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:14 (eleven years ago) link

cute! tbh i passed lots of creek (the trail was called rabbit creek for pete's sake) but i'm to chickenshit to drink much out of creeks

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

i got sigg bottle today but it is purple with pretty swirls because i like things that are purple.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

woah nalgene flask is neat!
btw i was at eastern mountain sports and EVERYTHING is 20% off!

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

i know, i am crazy about that flask

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:18 (eleven years ago) link

man, i wanna go hiking

geekquel (latebloomer), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:27 (eleven years ago) link

there are many great options nearby, lb!
jones gap :D :D :D
used to do table rock a lot when i was a kiddie.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:28 (eleven years ago) link

also the dupont forest has really cool waterfalls.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:29 (eleven years ago) link

man i miss the smokies so much. i don't think i ever did the rabbit creek/abrams loop. out of cades cove, we used to go up to gregory bald a lot. and spence field, i love that hike. also did a lot of day-hiking up from the cosby side. and from newfound gap. (charlie's bunion!) you know the whole time i was there, i never hiked the chimneys. some things to do in the future.

these days all my hiking is urban. which is fine and i like it, but it's not the same. i really loved getting up, stocking up, driving out and spending the whole day walking. then a big dinner and beer somewhere. (if we went up out of townsend we'd stop by that mexican place in maryville on the way home. los something-or-other.)

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:38 (eleven years ago) link

chimneys suck imo!!! 2 miles straight up a bunch of red clay mud and 2 miles straight back down where you just came from, and the view is great of course, but there are a lot of great views in the smokies. i dread going up there, you didn't miss anything

my favorite short hike is alum cave bluffs, nothing else like it

i'm waiting for azalea season to do gregory's bald! did andrew's bald and it was really miserable, but i picked a stupid time of year to do it.

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:41 (eleven years ago) link

oh man there is nothing better than finishing a huuuuge hike and just chowing down on the way back through townsend at the heart and kettle or something

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:42 (eleven years ago) link

*hearth

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:42 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/images/13p2s1v6.jpg

saw three of these peeking out from a tree and was just like "do not want to be eaten by the inevitable mom" and ran through a trail junction

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:44 (eleven years ago) link

yeah you want the azaleas in bloom for sure.

the contours of the chimneys is why i never did it. once i got out there i wanted something more immersive than that, i guess. i love the rhythms of a nice long hike.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:45 (eleven years ago) link

i think cucumber gap is the best short, completely easy hike

also love house mountain in south knoxville, so cool that a hike like that is just right there

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:46 (eleven years ago) link

hahaha, i must hike this!!!!

http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Haw_Ridge_3840.asp

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:49 (eleven years ago) link

house mountain is more northeast than south, isn't it? out rutledge pike? but yeah that's a nice near one. that's where i saw a whole flock of wild turkeys try to take flight. they made it up into the lower branches of the nearest tree.

i did some hikes around oak ridge, don't remember if it included HAW ridge.

also good: frozen head.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:54 (eleven years ago) link

Haw, I totally meant East Knoxville

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:56 (eleven years ago) link

and big south fork! site of my bachelor party. granted there was less hiking than drinking and whatnot involved there. but there's some great hikes too. east tenn. is really A+ for hiking.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 17 May 2009 05:57 (eleven years ago) link

hahaha

i wish i had a pic of the sign at abrams falls

"four people have died here! please do not be next"
xpost

(b)admin (roxymuzak), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:04 (eleven years ago) link

20 miles in one day? that's some serious hiking. what kind of elevation gain?

there's a million place to hike in the East, and it's good to get out there in the fresh air (smokies haw) and go up and down and such, but there's not a lot that's as interesting as most of the stuff in the other half of the country. i gotta start doing some stuff here though in preparation for out there.

"the whale saw her" (gabbneb), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:09 (eleven years ago) link

in hawaii there were massive warning signs about swimming in waterfalls and getting caught in riptides and swept out to sea. it was scary but also kind of gnarly and awesome.

ricardos montalban (tehresa), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:13 (eleven years ago) link

we've been out to the marin headlands a few times this year (san francisco), i like it because it's all open hills, beautiful views of the ocean, and this totally weird-ass old military stuff (like forts and stuff).

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:13 (eleven years ago) link

re that nalgene drink bottle: nalgene is responsible for making a lot of the equipment involved in animal testing (battery cages, immobilisers, restraints etc), fyi.

where we turn sweet dreams into remarkable realities (just1n3), Sunday, 17 May 2009 06:15 (eleven years ago) link

nice. have fun!

this has been the best year fuiud (rip van wanko), Sunday, 19 July 2020 18:51 (three months ago) link

That sounds great, Aimless. If you ever want to get into northeast California, I highly recommend hiking in the Warner Mountains outside of Alturas, in the godforsaken Modoc County. Gorgeous country, on a good day can see both Lassen and Shasta, plus the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, all from the same spot. And Eagleville, a weird little resort town with hot springs and such, is there for a nice night of RnR after backpacking with full loads for a few days.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Sunday, 19 July 2020 19:29 (three months ago) link

Enjoy your trip Aimless. Sounds amazing.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Sunday, 19 July 2020 19:31 (three months ago) link

That sounds amazing and makes my conservative plans (in the UK) for the summer seem a little daft. I might have a rethink...

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 19 July 2020 21:11 (three months ago) link

Because my conditioning is more of a question this year (lockdown-induced) I'm prepared to scale back if I get out there and don't feel like putting in the two 13 mile days I'd need to hike in order to meet my initial plan. It's a very remote area but I've been there before so I know what to expect. There's a photo of a mountain goat upthread from a 2011 trip I did on the same trail.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 19 July 2020 21:18 (three months ago) link

Wait, how are you getting water the rest of the days? Filtering standing water?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Sunday, 19 July 2020 23:15 (three months ago) link

My water will come from lakes located on side trails off the main trail. Those lakes will also provide my campsites. The side trails are from 1 to 2 miles to get to these lakes, so if I were to fetch water from them partway through the day it would require a round trip of 2 to 4 miles before resuming progress on the main trail. Yes, I'll filter it, but the lakes are sub-alpine and pretty clean.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 20 July 2020 00:35 (three months ago) link

Gotcha. I've wondered about the water logistics of long backpack trips, but I've been thinking of conditions here in the southwest where "lake" usually means a 1/4 acre depression of dried up mud.
Have fun dude!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 20 July 2020 03:50 (three months ago) link

Oh. my. goodness. She’s a rock.

I want this girl in my foxhole... pic.twitter.com/4oT67HFKPg

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 19, 2020

this has been the best year fuiud (rip van wanko), Monday, 20 July 2020 14:19 (three months ago) link

I'm back. The peak bagging was a pipe dream, but I did put in my full 57 miles of hiking.

There were so many mountain goats they were a positive nuisance. At one time I had about 15 goats, from two different herds all milling around like a traffic jam. I had to use my "voice of command" and a lot of very stern looks to keep them out of my campsite - but no aggressive moves, just strongly signaling where my territory began and not to enter it. They were very persistent and we were often only 20 feet apart as I faced them down. Very annoying and energy-consuming. Otherwise, a challenging, but excellent six days in the wilderness.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Thursday, 30 July 2020 03:58 (three months ago) link

Pix?

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 30 July 2020 04:19 (three months ago) link

Well done in the 57 miles, A!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 July 2020 04:55 (three months ago) link

I'll be in my favorite hiking grounds next week, southwestern Colorado. Sister joining me this time so have to plan hikes that aren't too strenuous.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 July 2020 04:57 (three months ago) link

Anyone spent time in the Cranberry Wilderness, one of these spots in WV that's supposedly among the quietest and most remote in the east coast?

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:15 (three months ago) link

Wow, sounds like an incredible experience, Aimless.

I got in a short but brutally hot and humid hike with my wife and Mom this past weekend in PA. I haven't exactly kept in tip-top shape but I held up better than expected.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:39 (three months ago) link

Table is that the same thing as Dolly Sods? Went skiing there over the winter and it's great. Feels super-duper remote for an east coast spot.

tobo73, Thursday, 30 July 2020 15:51 (three months ago) link

tobo, Cranberry is southwest of Dolly Sods, more or less 100 miles. Very much reported as one of the most remote places along the eastern seaboard, one has to have compass and map-reading skills since there's no cell service even from the mountain peaks, etc. Technically still in the Monongahela, though.

My partner doesn't want to go south for our next trip, though, and a friend in New York state wants to join, so i think we might try to do something in western Mass, or Vermont (if they're letting out-of-state folks in!)

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 July 2020 17:20 (three months ago) link

i should say, we're in Philadelphia, so it takes a while to get to anything worth hiking.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 July 2020 17:21 (three months ago) link

table, have you done the pinnacle or hawk mountain in Berks Co? Both worth while and about an hour and change away from Philly.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Thursday, 30 July 2020 21:51 (three months ago) link

Or maybe just hike up those steps outside of the art museum?

pplains, Thursday, 30 July 2020 23:18 (three months ago) link

PBKR, done those and also hiked around Birdsboro quarry, which is another spot in Berks. My favorite places within two hours are along the AT on the NY/NJ border and along the AT in Lehigh County....but I'm also a sucker for serious thigh burning and views, as well as a ridge hike junky, so that explains my preferences. The Sunfish Pond hike is nice in NJ/NY, and I love the Lehigh Furnace Gap hikes up in that zone

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 31 July 2020 00:14 (three months ago) link

Cool! I will check the AT spots you mentioned. My parents live 15 minutes from Hawk Mtn, so we usually go somewhere near to there.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Friday, 31 July 2020 00:32 (three months ago) link

did a hike up to santa fe baldy a few weeks ago, and it were good. big day, 14mi roundtrip and topping out at just under 13000ft

gbx, Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:25 (two months ago) link

Would dearly love to be on top of a mountain just now. Have more or less accepted that this year is going to be a write-off though because I'm reliant on public transport to get to the start of routes.
Enjoying reading about other posters' trips anyway - obviously a lot of the routes in the US are on a different scale to anything here (13000 ft would be more than treble anything I've done..)

Mr Andy M, Sunday, 2 August 2020 13:22 (two months ago) link

Was on Colorado Trail near Little Molas Lake yesterday. A young couple was passing the other direction, so I stepped off trail and pulled up my mask. They guy asked why I was doing that, was it for myself, for them, or for both. I said for both, and that it's a very easy thing to just pull up my mask. Up to that point I thought mayyyybe he was sincerely wondering why I masked up. "It's just like the flu" he said, confirming that he was somehow offended that I put a mask on and was confronting me about it. If anyone had a reason to confront someone here, it would be ME confronting him for NOT wearing a mask. Why on earth would you care that I am wearing a mask while you decided not to??
He started going into some rant but by that point I was walking away (I'm on my last day of vacation, soaking in the peaceful nature, and you fucking want to bring this idiotic "political" debate up right now you little arrogant meddlesome shit??) and couldn't make out what he was saying, so just replied "yeah that's great".

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 10 August 2020 17:17 (two months ago) link

Ugh, sorry about that.

Mom jokes are his way of showing affection (to your mom) (PBKR), Monday, 10 August 2020 17:19 (two months ago) link

I had planned an easy hike, medium hike, and difficult hike for me and my sister to do in SW CO, in that order. When she struggled with the easy one, I figured the hard one was out of the picture but hoped she could do the medium one: Highland Mary Lakes. We went very slowly but it didn't matter. We got up to 12000 feet, 98% of the uphill was done. But when we got to the small scree field she had enough. She has terrible balance and is gun-shy due to breaking an ankle a few years ago. She made one half-hearted attempt to traverse the scree and gave up. I should've insisted she try it without trekking poles, as that just made her more unbalanced, but I had already spent past 15 minutes coaxing her to just attempt it. I knew she'd regret giving up, and she did, but also knew that in that moment there was no way she was going to make it to the lakes. Was pretty frustrating since she was literally around the corner from them. She's only getting older, and I had thought this trip might be her last chance to see things you can only see via moderate to strenuous hikes.
She did say that even without seeing the lakes, that was the most scenic hike she's ever been on. And now she knows why I kept warning her that CO hikes are in a different league than AZ hikes.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 10 August 2020 17:30 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Going to be staying in Acadia National Park for a week in early Sept. We are hiking with friends who are hiking novices so probably don't want to do 6+ hours at a clip. I've done basic research and planned some hikes, but would welcome any recommendations from personal experience. Is Schoodic worth the drive from Mt. Desert Island?

trunk's full of pearl and lonestar (PBKR), Tuesday, 25 August 2020 14:08 (two months ago) link

My partner & I walked on the Via Regia (also a Way of St James) from Görlitz to Vacha across former East Germany. The 450 km took us 19 days. As always it was great. We met some nice people, the landscape especially during the last three days when we walked through the Hörselberge and the Thüringer Wald was very nice and we were mainly on our own. The first week was a little hot though. Interesting cities on the way, esp. in the second half: Görlitz, Bautzen, Leipzig, Merseburg, Freyburg (great light & fresh mainly white wine from the Unstrut, part of the most Northern quality wine region in Germany), Naumburg, Erfurt, Gotha, Eisenach. Only caveat: too many paved roads especially during the first half.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 31 August 2020 13:39 (two months ago) link

Sounds great. Was this continuously? Did you camp when you stopped or stay in towns/hotels?

trunk's full of pearl and lonestar (PBKR), Monday, 31 August 2020 18:05 (two months ago) link

Yes this was in one go, from August, 12th to August, 30th. We didn't camp. Most of the time we stayed in hostels/hotels. But as it is a Way of St James there is also a network of pilgrim hostels where you sleep in dormitories and you pay what you want to pay. Once we slept in a parish house, just the two of us, once we slept in a monastery and another time we even slept on the first floor of a church, another couple slept on the second floor below the ceiling.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 31 August 2020 19:13 (two months ago) link

That sounds incredible. Did you carry your gear or was there something arranged to assist you?

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 31 August 2020 19:17 (two months ago) link

We carried the gear. But we always minimise. Including 3 liters of water and maybe a kg of food I still didn't have more than 10 kg on my back. We only have two sets of underwear, socks, shirts & trousers. That's why we wash every day.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 31 August 2020 19:54 (two months ago) link

Once we slept in a parish house, just the two of us, once we slept in a monastery and another time we even slept on the first floor of a church, another couple slept on the second floor below the ceiling.

I don't know if I have it in me to do this, but it sounds like an incredible experience.

trunk's full of pearl and lonestar (PBKR), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 00:24 (one month ago) link

I got out for a real hike today (as opposed to a stroll on a trail with my wife). I hiked 12 miles, 3150 ft of elevation gain, in nice cool, cloudy weather, and the bonus was... I did not meet one other hiker on the trail all day! This is getting to be a great rarity, as hiking has really exploded in popularity in recent years. Sweet!

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 02:31 (one month ago) link

ilx hikers are killing it

tobo73, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 04:34 (one month ago) link

On our last stage on Sunday in the Thüringer Wald, we did not meet anybody in the forest for about 20 km.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 04:42 (one month ago) link

I've been walking the Pilgrim's Way (Winchester to Canterbury) and despite this being a busy area, you could be forgiven for thinking England is empty. I regularly go whole days barely seeing anyone. After a day of such solitude, I walked into a tiny church. I'm not religious but churches entrance me. Somehow all those years of accumulated belief, all that sodden stone bowed and bevelled by human heat, induce a peculiar calm. This day, as I entered the knave a tiny voice said 'are you a pilgrim?'. I nearly shat myself but I looked left and it was just a little old lady (more air than substance), kneeling in a pew - offering me a stamp for the guidebook some people carry for the walk.

Her question is still bouncing around in my head and I'm no nearer an answer.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 10:37 (one month ago) link

great story, chinaski. those are the encounters that make a pilgrim's day!

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 11:43 (one month ago) link

During the first week it was extremely hot on our hike, more than 30 degrees celsius. In a village we went into the small church mainly looking for shadow. It was better than I had imagined. It was deliciously cool and fresh in there. Suddenly we heard a deep but low- key sound. We asked ourselves what could it be. After a minute or so of intense listening it dawned on me. It was the clockwork of the church clock slowly turning around. I don't believe in God but when I realised that I immediately thought this is God's heartbeat. I had to write about this experience into the note-book for pilgrims and visitors, I had to get this idea out of my system into the world.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 21:32 (one month ago) link

Going on a hike today up near the Lehigh Furnace Gap section of the AT with the pup and husband. Have done sections of this trail before, but never this exact link-up. Will report back.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 5 September 2020 11:52 (one month ago) link

Nice hike yesterday, gradual start then led to some more serious (as serious as it can get in the Mid-Atlantic) climbing, then a lovely ridge trail with views of the Lehigh river and small cities like Palmerton. After some miles stop the ridge, we circled around to the AT for a slow, rocky, and knee-crunching ascent. About 7 miles altogether-- the pup's need for water and her walking pace keep us from going too fast, which is both a good and bad thing.

Looking forward to doing it again sometime, perhaps in the fall. We're pondering getting up there with some packs and camping for a night.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 6 September 2020 19:18 (one month ago) link

AT section was descent, not ascent. I always forget how rocky the AT is in this area.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 6 September 2020 19:19 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Spent a few days last week backpacking around the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest in the Catskills. Gorgeous time. Didn't rack up heavy miles but got some good elevation gains and excellent camp spots into the trip.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 16:40 (two weeks ago) link

Sounds lovely. We're going to be spending the week of Thanksgiving near Woodstock. I am hoping to get in a good hike or two while in the area.

Quiet Storm Thorgerson (PBKR), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 17:08 (two weeks ago) link

Nice. some great stuff in those parts!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:03 (two weeks ago) link

I am hoping to take my 8-year-old daughter for her first 1 or 2 night backpacking trip next weekend. We've done huts up in the White Mtns and decent day hikes but this will be her first time backcountry camping. I live in Western Mass. I was thinking we'd be messing around on the AT near or on Mt Greylock but apparently all Massachusetts backcountry camping is closed for COVID and the person I talked to in the parks office said they'll ticket cars left at trailheads overnight. Anyone have any good recs in Southern VT/NH, NW CT, or the Taconics? Looking to do something like a 2-4 mile hike to reach a campsite or lean-to...

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:15 (two weeks ago) link

I can't help you, but that sounds like an amazing experience for you and her. Hope you find something suitable.

Quiet Storm Thorgerson (PBKR), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 23:03 (two weeks ago) link

Have fun y'all!
I'm leaving tomorrow for Grand Canyon North Rim. Been to South Rim a bunch. Twice as long as a drive for me to get to North than South. Don't have a plan really! Boondock just outside of the park. Can't have fires whatsoever and it'll be down near freezing overnight. Can't use charcoal grill so will have to make do with a tiny msr white gas backpacker stove, plus whatever I can find at the one cafeteria in the park that's open. Guess I won't shower til I get home Tuesday.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks PBKR. I'll let y'all know what we end up with.

Have fun Granny D!

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 15 October 2020 03:22 (two weeks ago) link


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