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“Spent a great weekend with Dayhiker, Coco, and DH’s friend Scott (Steve) crawling and scouting and swimming and sliding, and falling, and jumping down a wonderful creek in the Smokies. It took me about 8 hours to make it there and then another 2 ½ hours to do the 3 mile hike in (2 miles up 1,500’ and then 1 mile down 750). The hike in was a bltch. Two miles straight up. Welcome to the Smokies Flatlander!
Got into camp about 6:30 pm and had heard the boys hoopin’ it up on upstream so I set up camp and ate dinner. It was so great getting to finally meet Dayhiker. It was like meeting a long lost brother. LOL! CoCo and Scott were great too and we all seemed to have the same mental mentality. Scary, I know! We sat around camp with no fire due to our high level of commitment to leaving a small footprint on the back country. Had a few cocktails and went to bed.
When we got up the second day we loaded some lunches and water in DH’s pack, which he so kindly carried all day, and lost both his nipples for it. We headed downstream in the creek and just explored and swam and climbed until we were all so tired we had rubber legs. It was a very tiring day but also satisfying. We sat around camp, again sans campfire for moral reasons, and ate and had some good libations before going to bed early.
I was up at 7 AM to get a head start on my trip back home. I had slept with my tent door open and in the morning my sinuses and chest were so congested I couldn’t get my breath at all for the first mile out (uphill). Made the top of the hill and cruised down the last two. It was an awesome trip with some awesome guys and I had so much fun.
OK, I’m off to shave, shower and sleep before work.”
“sounds fun! I'll have to make it down thata way sometime.”
“And just how do you KNOW DH lost his nipples?????!
lol... sounds like fun (although the brain trust on hand would worry many a person)
“What creek were you playing in?”
“Hey Chili told me yall were here! Sorry I missed yall! Maybe next time. Hope yall had a good time.”
“Great to meet Nigal finally. This was just a great, all around trip.
My nipples were only chaffed. This was because no one, Nigal excepted, wore a shirt during the day. We were in east TN and when in Rome,..... I did wear shoes tho. No problem getting seated at the local 5 star either.
This was basically an off trail swimming trip. No one broke an ankle either. I'll have my pics up later in the day and will report back then.”
“"....no campfire for moral reasons...."
Nigal, you're a real card!!
Was the water chili??”
“Think scared turtle.”
“I can't find my stinkin card reader. Maybe when I go home for lunch it'll reappear.”
“For my camera's memory card.”
“Ah......all this high-tech stuff is over my head!
I'm into the trailing edge of technology.
Vacuum tubes have a nice warm glow.”
“Hell, MarkO still has ice delivered to his house every other day! LOL!
I always forget just how big the Smokies are and how beautiful it is there. I really was surprised no one got hurt worse than we did. My ass was sore and my back ached but that was it. Dayhiker took a nice digger from a 4-5' rock and busted his ass before splashin' in the water.”
“I'm still waiting for my rating on that fall. I was hoping for at least a 9.6.”
“"My ass was sore and my back ached but that was it."
Too much information!!
There ain't no ice wagon but there is a dude with a horse-drawn produce wagon comes 'round every Tuesday.”
““I'm still waiting for my rating on that fall. I was hoping for at least a 9.6.”
Sorry, the French judge only gave ya a 5.9.”
The only thing that's really sore is my arm where I fell.
It's Karma, I was getting a nerf out of my pack to try and hit cocoa williams with, fell, and landed on my right forearm.”
““"My ass was sore and my back ached but that was it."
Too much information!!"
No, from falling down! To tell ya the truth, half the time in oder to get down off a rock ya had to scoot down on your butt and the old gooch took a beating!”
“"It's Karma, I was getting a nerf out of my pack to try and hit cocoa williams with, fell, and landed on my right forearm.”
You'da killed the boy with that 10 pound nerf!”
“Damn, sorry I missed this one.”
“Killed him, hell, I'd have added 10 IQ points.”
“Which he would have promptly killed in camp that evening doing shots!”
“HPM - you were missed.”
“I'll have pics up after lunch.”
“MY CARD READER IS MISSING, TOO, at home....
And the one at work is making my Mac lock up.
WTF??!? (cue Twilight Zone music)”
What shots? I don't remember any shots
“Had a great time. Very awesome place. Great weather and cool people. Couldn't ask for much more.”
“It's a wonder you flatlander's didn't break every bone you have on those slick rocks.”
“where in the park were you guys?...i was there in may and we found a pretty good slide around campsite 74(i think) but the landing area looked pretty hurty so none of us tried it”
“I did come home with 4 less teef!”
“We basecamped out of #47.”
“"And the one at work is making my Mac lock up."
“The picture of Nigal in mid air is a classic!”
“If he'd only done an air guitar.
If I'd have waited a split second he full extended all limbs while in the air. Homeboy can elevate.”
“The big man can defy gravity now. Ya might not think so but I can. LOL!”
“Me and a girlfriend of mine were at McGhee Spring #44 right across Hyatt Ridge from you all!!! Saturday night - we hiked out down to Straight Fork and drove out at about 11:00. I saw two cars there at Enloe Creek/Hyatt Trailhead. How funny! We took the spring drainage down to Raven Fork and were splashing around trying to find Three Forks...”
“Well I'll be damned. I was in the PT Cruiser. Those must have been your prints I saw on the way out. One skid mark looked like someone almost busted their ass.”
“Nigal, I have some other pics I need to email to ya.”
“Here is the theme for everytime we hit the cold water:
“Here's a few pictures I took. I really didn't have too many because I didn't take my camera swimming.
““Nigal, I have some other pics I need to email to ya.”
Gotcha chief! Those pictures? [wink wink]”
“Man, now I wish I'd gone! That water looks fantastic! The 96 degree high with a humiditure of 109 sucked today!”
“It was in the 70s most of the time and the hollow we were in was shaded most of the day. The wayer was painful at first. No way was it over 70 degrees.”
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