23 miles from Friday afternoon though Sunday.
This time I decided to spend an extra night in the woods. Took off from Mt. Algo lean-to and rolled into Stewart Hollow brook lean-to. Started late and the terrain plus a few hours of a night hike made for a slow first leg. Didn’t get into camp until 9 pm. I used the headlamp plus a flashlight to see markers down the trail. After that took off past the Stony brook campsite site and headed to a higher camp called Silver hill.
Stewart Hollow Brook lean-to which is maybe 6 miles from Mt. Algo.
Has a nice AT above ground Privy.
Hanging around camp doing my thing. Late night hot tea take the chill out of the air.
Sometimes the AT is very wide. Other times not so much.
Silver Hill campsite. This was kind of unexpected for being ½ way up a mountain. This was about 5.5 miles from the last camp.
Took off down the mountain as didn’t want to do 11.5 miles in one day hiking out and camped near the river. I like to hang stuff out if there is some good sun.
LuxuryLite V Bag, the red one on the left.http://www.luxurylite.com/bagindex.html
The LuxuryLite® "V" Bag is an ultralight down sleeping bag with one major improvement over other sleeping bags... a full-length zipper over your chest, not down the side. This style of zipper delivers a much wider temperature range so you need only one sleeping bag for all your 3-season camping. When totally un-zipped it makes a great quilt with a warm footbox and the hood in the middle for your head. To keep the weight under 2 lbs, the “V” bag shifts down from the torso into the leg/foot section because, in cold weather, most hikers carry a warm jacket for day use and plan to use it inside their sleeping bag at night. This will make the torso plenty warm, but reduces important heat convection currents to the legs and feet, making them feet feel cold and waking you up. The relatively more down in the lower section of the “V” Bag will compensate and keep your legs and feet warm when you wear a down jacket. The LuxuryLite PillowPad fits just right inside the hood.
The Benefits of the Full-length Chest Zipper:
1 - Wide temperature range from 20F to 60F because you can easily control heat leakage.
2 - For a little cooling - keep zipped and push the zipper baffle aside.
3 - For more cooling - unzip a few feet and fold out one side.
4 - For warm weather - unzip several feet and fold out both sides of the zipper.
5 - No cold zipper draft at your side and shoulder from a zipper at ground level
6 - The fiberfill zipper baffle does not get crushed so you stay warmer.
7 - Zipper never gets wet/dirty/jammed from laying at ground level.
8 - The zipper tab is always easy to find in the middle of the night, no arm twisting.
9 - When unzipped, the bag flaps stay on top of you for both side and back sleeping.
10 - Zipper has a thick webbing along both sides so no midnight zipper jams.
11 - The hood is in the middle when totally unzipped to make a quilt.
12 - The LuxuryLite PillowPad (not included) fits easily inside the roomy hood..
Why such bright colors? The bright colors won't compromise stealth camping, because the bag is inside your shelter. The yellow stripes show up easily in the darkest tent so you know the bag is right-side up and the zipper is centered. The red color makes a huge emergency flag that a rescue team or aircraft can see from far away.
A great bag that I got on sale some time ago for cheap. Sub 2 lbs and the center zip makes for a good quilt inside the hammock. I have used this with fleece paints and down vest in the 20’s without much discomfort.
EMS bandanna:http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_deta ... 4488769409
I like this bandanna because of the cheap price at 3 bucks plus it is larger than most standard sizes. So I can wear it wrapped on my head easier. This was used for a sponge bath. Best to keep clean as monkey butt sucks. Just warm some water in your mess kit and add a few drops of soap. Dump the water on the bandanna and work your way down. Once done clean bandanna with fresh water and hang out to dry overnight.
I did a little foraging along the way. Found some wild apples which are old abandoned farm trees. Ran into a corn field. The corn was beyond even a possible 3rd picking and would be left to frost so didn’t feel any shame in taking a few ears. Was old but boiled up fine, tossed some olive oil from the food stocks and salt into the mix. Worked out ok. None of these would qualify as bushcraft given anyone knows what apples and corn looks like however Hickory nuts are in season.
They are ready when nearly falling out of the black husk or already free of the protective covering. The nuts should have a gray color. If the husk is green or the nuts have an almost greenish tint than they are not ready and very bitter. When edible these are one of the best bush foods for the fall season. Just crack the shell between two rocks and enjoy. Lots of fun around the fire. I would imagine these could be roasted but never found the need. Like all nuts they are packed with calories and general goodness. Your primary competitors are squirrels and a worm that can drill into the nut. If anyone is looking for squirrels then a hickory tree in fall is like a magnet. On a side note don't eat anything just becasue I claim it is good. Do you own research.
I used the white birch bark trick to start my fire on the first night and hobo stove on the second. There is a photo of burning white birch bark earlier in this thread under Bushcraft tricks. Don’t remove the bark off living trees. Best to get it off deadfalls or if forced to use live tress carefully remove the bark that is free hanging in strips and don’t tear past into the tree itself unless it is a total survival situation and there is no hanging bark. No need to kill a tree just to start a camp fire.
That is about it for this installment.