Sat, Jun 7 2008 - Panthertown Valley (View Original Event Details)|
Michael Johnson, Bob Bunner
|Participants:||Bob Bunner, Michael Johnson, Ty Williams, Kim Williams, Jon Miner, Connie Weber, Marissa M, Megan H, Ann, Ralph Howard, Ale, James Manfull|
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This was an eventful backpacking trip: we had sun, we had a pretty severe injury, we had
beautiful scenery and a nice waterfall to cool off in. After hiking down into the Valley and
setting up camp, Kim and Ty joined us for our fateful hike up Cold Mountain. We spent
some time near the bottom of a waterfall, crossed a stream and then began an arduous
journey through overgrown rhododendrons, ducking limbs and climbing over fallen limbs.
Ty lost his footing during our ascent and severely twisted his knee. Then he lost
consciousness. Oh, shit! But, here comes the good part. Collectively, we kept our heads,
raised Ty's legs so that blood would flow back to his head. We were about 4 miles from
our cars. James and Mike gave Ty support as we slowly made it back down through the
rhodies and onto an old road that eventually led to our cars. Ty did the rest. It turns out
that Ty walked under his own power for several miles with a broken knee. He gritted it
out. Kim says that after he recovers, he's looking forward to joining us again on a trail.
That evening we had a great fire that Marissa stoked, despite the lack of encouragement
from the peanut gallery (that would be me), and everyone gathered around and swapped
The next day we were treated to the summit of Little Green Mountain, in the shadow of
Cold Mountain, and the beautiful views from the rock outcroppings along the top of the
mountain. We saw some wild azaleas in bloom, but the real scenic feature was the valley
and the surrounding mountains. Then we tromped back down the mountain toward our
campsite and stopped off at Schoolhouse Falls, where nearly everyone went for a swim and
a brief shower in the falls. The temperature was probably in the 90's, but a whole lot
cooler in the water.
On the way home, we discovered a delicious lunch spot in Cashiers, the Lamplighter Cafe.
Try the crunchy Reuben, which they make with Grouper, the Stacker (a more traditional
Reuben), or the veggie something or other (ask Marissa).
It was a great and exciting trip. Glad everyone enjoyed themselves. And everyone wishes
Ty a speedy recovery.