Jan 25, 2020Loading up with water at the end of the Devil's Backbone Trail

Pool – time to filter some water – This pool is filled with water seeping down and through the rock shelf. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Gone are the days when I carry loads of water. The Sawyer Squeeze filter is so quick and easy to use, often I only have the one-and-a-half pints that my water bottle holds, filtering water as I find it. Having boiled water for lunch, and being quite thirsty from all the salt in the ramen noodles, I’d run out of water by the time I got to Mary Hollow and the end of the Devil’s Backbone Trail.

Opposite where the trails join is a rock shelf with water pooling beneath it. It’s one of the few places where I’ll take water from a standing source — I prefer running water.

There’s none to little water in Mary Hollow, so I filtered over a gallon to last me through the night and until I (hopefully) arrive at McGarr Spring, lunchtime on Day Two. That’s an extra 8lbs I’m going to have to carry on the trail.

The end of the Devil’s Backbone Trail. This is where it joins the Mary Hollow Trail. I’m going to turn right. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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