Jun 04, 2021Gary & Ginger at the Pole Hollow Cairn

Gary and Ginger at the Pole Hollow Cairn. Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

I know how to treat Ginger to a good time, 🙂 I made sure she had plenty of exercise, time to relax, and her own room with a forest view.

Gary and Ginger at the Pole Hollow Cairn. Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to show Ginger her rock on the Pole Hollow Cairn, and of course, there’s the Pole Hollow selfie that must be taken. Ginger is never one to miss the chance to ham things up, and there are several outtakes.

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It’s been a long time since we last went backpacking together, just over three years. In that time the fabric in our now ten-plus-year-old tents has started to degrade and get sticky. I did a lot of research seeking a replacement that would work as a single or two-person tent, and one that hopefully would last a lot longer than our deteriorating MSR Mutha Hubba and Sierra Designs Lightning XT 1 tents have.

The girls have indicated that they’d like to come out backpacking with me, and Ginger wants to get out more. The time was right, and we bought an ultralight Zpacks Duplex tent that weighs in at a minuscule 24oz. Much lighter than my hammock set-up. I might have to try ground-dwelling again.

Our plan for the weekend is very simple. Hike in around three-and-a-half miles, set up camp, do nothing for a day and a half, and then hike back out. The weather should be good, 80°F daytime temps and 66°F nighttime. There’s some rain forecast for Saturday night and Sunday. No problem, and I’m certainly no stranger to hiking out in the rain.

The only problem I had on the hike in, was lending Ginger my pair of carbon fiber trekking poles to try out. I never got them back!

Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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