In 2018, after eight years of intermittent tent camping, I stopped being a ‘ground dweller’ and moved up to hammock camping. The advantages are increased comfort and the flexibility of camping site choices. The disadvantages are the time it takes setting up and breaking down camp. But it is worth it.

Day Three – view from my hammock

Day Three – view from my hammock.

Contemplating

Contemplating – nothing of great import, and I don’t think I wrote more than half a dozen words. 2 pictures

Camped by Table Rock Lake

Camped by Table Rock Lake – The astute will notice that this is not my regular camping spot by the lake. The reason is quite simple; some expletive deleted hunter decided that a good place to leave the carcass of a deer they’d dressed would be right by the fire ring of my usual camping spot. One-minute read, 5 pictures

Piney Creek Wilderness – January 2020

Piney Creek Wilderness – January 2020 – A three day, two night, relaxing stay by the lakeside in Piney Creek Wilderness. Trip write-up: 11-minute read. 54 pictures.

This can only mean one thing …

This can only mean one thing … After a seven-month break, I’m finally back on the trail with my last hike of 2019. Trip write-up: 11-minute read, 31 pictures

Camped behind the Bluff at Hercules Glades

Camped behind the Bluff at Hercules Glades. 5 pictures

Hercules Glades – Visiting the Bluffs, Exploring Long Creek, and a Visit to ER

Despite my best intentions, I’ve been too busy to get out on the trails since my last trip in March. This weekend I decided to fix that with three days hiking at Hercules Glades. My plan was to catch a sunset from the bluffs and do some exploring down Long Creek. Things didn’t quite end up how I’d planned though. Trip write-up: 10-minute read. 1 short video & 23 pictures.

Camped in the Devil’s Den

Camped in the Devil’s Den. Video: 21 seconds & 5 pictures

Another Frosty Night

Another Frosty Night – It dropped to 23°F (-5°C). Camped near ‘Cab Creek’. 2 pictures

A Tad Chilly

A Tad Chilly – I stayed in bed waiting for things to warm up before venturing out. I don’t have an insulated hood, so I improvised with my shemagh. Very elegant, very old lady. I’m also looking a bit chubby around the chops too.

Cold and Frosty Morning

Cold and Frosty Morning – The lowest predicted temperature was around 29°F. It actually dropped to 21°F (-6°C) overnight. 3 pictures

My home from home

My home from home – Tucked up on the side of a hollow to keep out of the wind. 2 pictures

There ought to be a coyote in this picture …

There ought to be a coyote in this picture … but I can’t find it. I was sitting here drinking a nice hot cup of chocolate when some movement in the ravine opposite caught my eye.

A Backpacking Trip Goes Wrong

A Backpacking Trip Goes Wrong – I was lost and didn’t even know it. And then I was taken violently ill.Trip write-up: Five-minute read. 13 pictures

Three Days Solo Backpacking in Late January

Three Days Solo Backpacking in Late January – The weather had turned warm, and the recent snow had disappeared, so I headed off to Hercules Glades with the intention of spending some more time contemplating Life, The Universe, and Everything. Trip write-up: Five-minute read. 16 pictures

Winter Backpacking / Hammock Camping Gear

Winter Backpacking / Hammock Camping Gear.

Hammock Camping By Table Rock Lake

Hammock Camping By Table Rock Lake – My plan was simple. Hike down to the lake, set up camp, sit here for a day and then hike back out. 5 pictures

Buck Hollow

Buck Hollow. An idyllic and tranquil view later to be interrupted by the arrival of a bear. One-minute read

Waking Up in the Wilderness

Waking Up in the Wilderness. Gary in the hammock with the winter cover on.

Sunday – Time to head back

Sunday – Time to head back. 2 pictures

Saturday Morning – Packing up Camp

Saturday Morning – Packing up Camp 5 pictures

Camped on a Hillside

Camped on a Hillside.

Friday Morning

Friday Morning – And not a soul for miles around.

Hercules Glades Backpacking in November

Hercules Glades Backpacking, November 2018 – Van problems forced me to select a nearby trail for a late fall break. Another visit to Hercules Glades was on the cards. Trip write-up: 10-minute read, +52

Back Yard Bad Weather Hammock Testing

Back Yard Bad Weather Hammock Testing. I took advantage of some heavy rain to check out a couple of new items of gear. Five-minute read