Decided to complete the section of the Appalachian Trail between Gathland State Park at Crampton Gap, South Mountain in Maryland to Rocky Run shelter near Boonsboro, Maryland. The total section distance was 5.4 miles. We hiked this as an in and out with some blue blaze for a total of 11 miles and one night at Rocky Run shelter. Gathland State Park is a beautiful park with public restrooms, piped water available in winter, and a picnic pavilion.
April 16 - Dropped at Springer Mtn (yes, I skipped the approoach trail...) 1 mile up, pics, 1 mile down. Only went as far as Stover Creek. Not enough cell signal to call in for church :-(
April 17 - Great weather. Got water at Hawk Mtn Campsite at noon but didn't check for next water site so only got camelback full. I had to make it 7 more miles to Justus for water. Couple of college-looking kids took pity on me after 5 miles and gave me their water because
Updated 04-25-2016 at 15:51 by ElizabethClose
Originally Posted by Dogwood
Originally Posted by Coffee
Apologies for resurrecting an old thread but Dogwood's comment on a virtual frame for the CDT caught my attention when I did a search. So I figured I'd comment on this thread rather than starting a new one. I just received a custom CDT (specified a rolltop like the Circuit vs. the draw string closure) and I'm experimenting with various ways of packing it. I carry both a regular Neoair xlite and a cut down piece of blue foam that I use as a sit pad. I removed the standard foam that ULA ships with
Originally Posted by Tipi Walter
Originally Posted by Marcovee
Um, external frame packs were "just a phase" in the 1970's/1980's. Hardly anyone using them anymore, for good reason: they're heavy and bulky.
Very light kits were available 50 years ago and old Kelty packs with the sparse hipbelts and shoulder straps were very light. Indeed.
Here is Andrew Giger's kit from 1969 and shows a very light external frame pack, along with his whole
Originally Posted by Tennessee Viking
The Falls Lake Trail has now 3 primitive campsites and 2 state campgrounds. This will give hikers 60+miles of hiking with camping opportunities.
1. Ward Site is Pennys Bend to Redmill Road
2. Panther Creek site is Redwood to Hereford Road
3. Rolling View State Campground
4. Shinleaf State Campground
5. Possum Track Site is Bayleaf Church Road to Possum Track Road
Other campsites are
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