Getting ready for the next weekend’s winter backpack to/on Tar Jacket Ridge, on the AT. However the weather’s predicted to be not-so-cold, maybe low 20’s, at least no rain is predicted yet. This will be TJR hike number 5 or 6? I got sick just after the last trip, ‘gastro’ thing (’nuff said), thought I had giardia. Went to the doctor’s about a week or two after the trip and did have a gut infection. Had to take cipro for 10 days, this was in Jun/Jul, but I got rid of it the day before our trip to Grayson Highlands. We’ll camp at wiggens spring and take the AT 7 miles to the seely shelter, camp, then hike back, eat and go home.
Then, I need to ship my pack to Las Vegas, where 8 of us will meet at the LV airport and drive to the Grand Canyon for 6 days, 5 nights on an easy out and back, easy if you don’t count the 3000′ hike out from indian garden on the last day, then it’s 1 night at one of the lodges followed by a drive to Vegas on Saturday with flights back to Virginia that same day.
But, on the way to the GC, Red Baron and I will meet in Denver, drive to Dillon and stay a week to ski at Keystone, probably for me only 3 days, before driving back to Denver and flying to LV to pick up that backpack I shipped earlier. (Don’t break a leg!).
Then back to planning another trip to the Winds in August. This will probably be a ‘by invitation only’ hike, not posting it on our meetup group, need to avoid the ‘first timers’ and hiking with strangers thing. Not that I mind hiking with strangers and making new friends, but that needs to happen on the weekend trips where we can get past the ‘group dynamic stuff’ in an easier, less remote scenario.
I need to put this away and get on the treadmill.