My journey takes me down from Big Fat to Slickrock Creek where I spend the night at Wildcat Falls and then on Day 5 I start my 9th climb up the Nutbuster trail. Along the way I run into Doug on the left, an Iraq War vet who lost his right eye in a grenade attack. We hiked together up the Nutbuster trail until I veered off to set up at Buckeye Camp.
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I hear the infrequent patter of raindrops hitting my shelter but it isn't raining, it hasn't rained in 7 hours so it must be the q-tip treetops catching the low valley fog and in saturation loosening its load one drop by one. It is very dark in this place and first light won't be here for 5 hours so why am I up? Mr Bladder poked me in the medulla and so here I sit listening to the creek and penning thoughts in yet another Citico/Slickrock trip report.
Ken Jones told me he saw ATV tracks running from Beech Gap and along the Cold Spring Gap trail and up the BMT connection a ways and he reported the violation to the Ranger station in Tellico. God I hope I never run into those motorized meatheaded gas-addicted fellows!
First or second light has come to the dark Slickrock valley as I slowly prepare to cook and gear up for my backpack up the Holy Nutbuster, perhaps to see the Savannah boys, perhaps to camp at Buckeye, perhaps to wait a while and survey the sky, cloudy or otherwise?
Ok, I left Wildcat Camp and crossed Slickrock twice and started up the Nutbuster trail when I saw soldier Doug and his friend Robert so I depacked and rock hopped the creek to their Slicnic site and invited myself to share their hike up the Nutbuster where I peeled away to Buckeye Camp as they continued their sweaty trip up section 4 of the You Weep -- We All Weep Trail.
OVERNIGHT AT BUCKEYE CAMP: Incense is lit and I'm about ready for an incomplete swim in Hangover creek which is 10 yards and flowing loudy by my camp which is exactly the reason this place is so nice. I pray that Grandfather spirit blesses soldier Doug and keeps him healthy and safe for not only this trip but for afterwards, too.
All right, Day 5 slowly comes to an end as darkness creeps up on Buckeye Camp and leaves Shunka and me preparing for the prone position. The rain came to us on section 3 today but it wasn't much, just a slight drizzle and some leaf drops, nobody got wet. Tomorrow I will follow in the footsteps of Doug and Robert and climb the 7 remaining sections of the Nutbuster trail. Wish me luck and clear skies on my 9th challenge to enjoy this trail.
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