Sat, Oct 13 2007 - Backpacking Lost Cove in the Smokies (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Jon Miner, Michelle Spence, Stuart Armour, Phil 'Foz' Parkerson, Udo Licht, Benjamin Serio, Kelly Harris, Tom Collins, Stan P, Lee Harris, Rob Garner, Jessica|
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Thank you everybody for a spectacular weekend! I know we're suffering from a drought,
but the weather has been superb for backpacking. The trail started off with quite a climb
up the AT to the Shuckstack Firetower, but the views were incredibly rewarding, especially
down below at Fontana Lake. We ate lunch there and then headed due East along the Lost
Cove Trail to the now infamous Lost Cove campsite No. 90. It was a bit crowded there and
we had to "settle" for the wooded campsite, but we managed to forage for enough wood to
have a pretty good bonfire Saturday evening. The temperatures dropped a bit which was
typical for Fall weather, but nothing close to the low 30's that had been predicted. We
woke up to sunshine on Sunday morning, ate breakfast, and broke camp around 10:30.
The lead pack sprinted for the parking lot and covered about 6 miles in well under 2:00
I've included some pictures from our hike and I've also included some old ones from
Spring 2006 so you can contrast the water levels from back then.
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!