Backpacking

Wandering Rocky Fork area

I haven’t got any backpacking in lately. Just wandering/exploring here and their. Last weekend was the Rocky Fork area and downstream scouting pull offs and portages. I got a chance to check out the 7 caves park. Apparently it used to be a private park that let you explore the Read more…

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Nordhouse Dunes

I took a trip to Michigan in a second failed attempt to get a case of Kentucky Breakfast Stout on the release date. I drank a ton of good beer at Hopcat Friday night. Woke up and headed to Founders at 8am hoping to be in front of the line Read more…

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Zaleski North Loop

Tried the north loop for the first time.  It measures 14 miles and does a figure 8 back to the parking lot. I planned on passing the parking lot and hitting the first camp. Within 2 miles I noticed my shoes were a little loose and rubbing a little on Read more…

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Cold Weather Gear

Being in the deep freeze of winter only leaves me one choice. More gear. I’ve been hoping to increase the temperature rating of my Montbell UL Super Stretch # 3 30 Degree bag by utilizing down clothing. I’ll use clothing I’d probably need in winter camp anyway. I’m really trying Read more…

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Shawnee backpack trail

Located west of Portsmouth Ohio this 45 mile loop or 60 mile figure 8 promised a challenging hike. I started out , kinda late @ 10:00am at the trail head on Saturday. There was one other car their , with space for 50. At Zaleski I wouldn’t have a parking Read more…

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Zaleski South Loop

I took a quick day-hike to take advantage of the cool morning and changing leaves. I took a challenging shortcut that ended up not being any shorter. 10.4 miles in 4.5 hours. 2.3 mph moving average. Taking a slower pace allowed me to hear some deer over a ridge and Read more…

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Wildcat Hollow Northern Loop

I’ve hit Wildcats northern loop a few times , Notably a year ago after a large blow-down. Hiking over trees in freezing temperatures , a heavy pack , and a 6 pound rifle was torture. Looking over reviews on the internet , you’d think this trail as impassable to the Read more…

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Tar Hollow Fall Hike

Located east of Chillicothe, Ohio this 20+ mile figure 8 offers a challenging day hike/ car camping trip. Unfortunately I thought it was a nice overnighter with a backpacking camp on the ODNR website. About 2 miles in; the backpacking camp had a parking lot and the campsites needed reservations Read more…

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Zaleski South Loop

Took an overnight trip for the first hike of the summer. I only managed 12 miles in about 8 hours between the 2 days. The second day I abandoned the planned hike of the north loop due to sore calves and heat. An overlook about 4 miles in. The same Read more…

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Tarp Tent Squall 2

I’ve been beating the heat by staying inside , but figured I’d shake out , and clean out my favorite tent. I did some research before buying the Squall 2. It’s a non-freestanding single wall tent. Non-freestanding tents have a disadvantage of needing a place to stake. Sand , rocks Read more…