Backpacking With Kurt Peterson Trip 46
TRIP 46 May 2005
** The Hobo Hitchhiker
** The Light Wedge Tent
** The Death Tree Falls
** Kurt Peterson's Crew Arrives
South Fork--+Eagle Camp+--South Fork--+Iron Camp+--South Fork--Cold Gap--BMT Connector--+Snow Camp+--Bob Bald--+Naked Ground+--Four Mile Ridge--South Lead--+Elysium Fields+--South Lead--+Naked Ground(2)+--Four Mile Ridge--+Saddle Tree+--Haoe Lead--Jenkins Meadow--Little Santee Trail--+Santee Middle Dog Camp+--Little Santee Trail--Naked Ground--Bob Bald--Fodderstack--North Fork and Out.
My trip begins on the South Fork Citico trail and I stop to stay at Eagle Camp which is across the major crossing.
JOURNAL TRIP 46
TRAIL South Fork
STARTING ON THE SOUTH FORK TRAIL: This trip report is for all those people like Ken from Chapel Hill, NC who took a Greyhound bus all the way to Athens, TN with a full REI backpack and hitched his way to the Cherohala Skyway where I found him walking on the paved road to Indian Boundary lake and where I gave him a ride to Warden's Field and walked him to the North Fork - South Fork turnoff where he went one way across the high footbridge and I went the other way up the South Fork Citico.
So yes, I am now preparing to cross the South Fork and I am resting with a fully loaded pack and a fully loaded dog along for the adventure. The man from Chapel Hill is planning to do a 30 day trip in this wonderful wilderness and there's a good chance I'll run into him as I also travel the trails in this same wilderness.
He is an interesting fellow and he mentioned he needed a good chunk of time to do a vision quest to get his head on right. He seems about 45 years old and is a strange fellow with peculiar ideas. I'll miss his innate wisdom and simple regard for the outdoors but we must go our separate ways. I'm about ready to stop writing and cross this creek. Wish me luck.
OVERNIGHT AT EAGLE CAMP ON THE SOUTH FORK: Right past the first crossing I decided to put up my new shelter, a Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 square dome wedge style tent here at Eagle branch camp. I've never camped here before but it is a pretty place next to the sound of the South Fork and one half mile before the Mitten site before the steep climb to the logging cut.
I will stay here tonight and if the weather is good will work my way up to Iron Camp tomorrow. I am starting this trip with the reading of "WILDERNESS WIFE" by Brad and Vena Angiers, depicting their escape from city life into the British Columbia wilds around a place called Hudson Hope and up the north bank of the Peace River in the Rocky Mt Canyon.
Dusk comes to Eagle Camp as I sit up in my wedge after an evening meal of black bean soup and rice cakes. I am ready to relax and lay down to rest, perhaps to read as the sky clouds over and hints of rain. The noseeums are busy and cause my body to itch with many bites, the citronella oil seems to help a little and the tent netting works the best.
I am up after a short late afternoon catnap and so I brushed and flossed my one tooth and lit a candle in an effort to study this new tent. It is deceptively short and will certainly keep the foot of my bag wet with moisture when it rains. I will try to move everything forward and see how that helps and try to get the 77 inch thermy tucked up to the door and then make a measured opinion on my newest addition to the long line of:
TENTS I HAVE KNOWN
** Sears canvas umbrella tent
** North Face Tuolumne A-frame
** Chouinard Pyramid tipi style
** Windy Pass dome(VE24 knockoff)
** North Face Westwind hoop modified A-frame
** 9X12 Walmart Ozark Trail modified hoop
** Eureka Timberline A-frame
** Ozark Trail 28 dollar dome
** Mountain Hardwear Muir Trail modified A-frame
** Iron Mountain 8X9 square dome
** Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3 modified wedge(square dome)
** Cabelas 12X12 Outfitter dome
** Mountain Hardwear Mountain Jet single wall wedge
** Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2
This is the complete lifetime list of tents I have used in the woods and for the most part have carried on my back. I have associated with and have knowledge of several other models such as John's old Pisgah Eureka small A-frame and his even older Kmart $16 A-frame. Amy's old North Face Junebug bivy tent, Big Don's small dome Black Ice, Bob's Eureka timberline, George and Whitney's Sierra Designs dome, John's more recent REI Taj 3 and his basecamp Sierra Design's Nomad 6, Kurt's North Face Canyonlands modified hoop and Radar's shire style tarp tent with netting body. I also remember other tents such as Robin's large Walrus dome, a man's MSR Zoid set up on the Bob, another guy's Hilleberg Akto set up at Snow Camp and many indistinct Eurekas, REI's and Sierra Designs set up during my many trips out. I love all tents.
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