Monday, August 10, 2009

Trip 5 Bald River Wilderness TN

April 2002 Trip 5
Trails: Cow Camp/Bald River
Little Mitten's Bald River Trip with the Yellow Tent

My girlfriend Little Mitten and I head up the Tellico River in Tennessee and park at Baby Falls to gear up and walk into the Bald River gorge by way of an upper trail called the Cow Camp trail. Bald River wilderness is a 4,000 acre wilderness feeding into the Tellico River in the Cherokee National Forest in east Tennessee. It's a perfect place to go backpacking when you want to be by a wonderful creek on an easy trail. The above fotog shows us with our new packs, Mitten's fancy Kelty pack and my replacement to the old North Face BackMagic, a Kelty Ultra Tioga.

Here I am holding up my new pack for the world to see.

At our campsite by the river there's this rock ledge wall and we set up the tent next to it and pose in front of Mitten's new pack.

Little Mitten likes her new pack.

Here's Little Mitten standing by the big 9x10 foot tent, the yellow Iron Mountain. Behind her is the mighty Bald River. Mitten is standing in front of her brand new North Face Blue Igloo down bag which she returned to Campmor after this trip since it didn't come close to keeping her warm at around 35F night time temperatures.

Little Mitten helping to set up camp and getting things arranged.

Shunka dog wants to be part of the festivities and contributes to getting camp set up properly.

Here I am posing for a shot and getting the Thermarests arranged and all else. The sleeping bag on the right is my fairly new Marmot Couloir zero degree down bag.

Doggiebag(trailnamed fellow from me on to a website that configures these posters so I added a picture of the trip with the appropriate message. On the last day of the trip we pack it up and head out to the car.

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