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Piney Creek Wilderness

Hammock camping near Table Rock Lake, Piney Creek Wilderness.

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. An idyllic and tranquil view later to be interrupted by the arrival of a bear. [1 picture and a few words]

Still – Day two. Fantastic view in the morning. [1 picture]

Gary Allman in a Dutchware Gear Chameleon Hammock with winter cover.

Waking Up in the Wilderness. Gary in the hammock with the winter cover on. [1 picture]

Sunset at Table Rock Lake. [1 picture]

Table Rock Lake, Piney Creek Wilderness – The view of the lake from near where I camped. [1 picture]

Gary Allman, self protrait by table rock lake, January 2019.

Down by the Lake – Gary by Table Rock Lake. [1 picture]

Table Rock Lake at Piney Creek – Day one of three days backpacking in Piney Creek Wilderness. [1 picture]

Back at the Lake – I’ve not been here since July. It’s good to be back. [1 picture]

Last Leg to the Lake – It opens up into a flood plain. Easy going in the winter. Not so easy in the summer. [3 pictures]

Crossing Piney Creek – I crossed the creek around five times… [2 pictures]

Feeder Creek on the Tower Trail (Hollow route) [2 pictures and a few words]

Color photograph of Gary Allman enjoying the Sunset at Table Rock Missouri (Piney Creek Wilderness).

R&R – Rest and Recuperation. Gary looks out over the Piney Creek Arm of Table Rock Lake. [2 pictures]

Photograph of the Piney Creek Arm of Table Rock Lake, Piney Creek Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest

Three Days Summer Backpacking at Piney Creek Wilderness. I decided to take on my aversion to summer backpacking, face the heat, and see if I could get some wilderness rest and recuperation. [49 pictures and a short video]

Sunset at Piney Creek Wilderness

Sunset at Piney Creek Wilderness. Tonight I cooked and ate my dinner down by the lake so I could watch the sunset. [1 picture]

Solo Backpacking at Piney Creek Wilderness — After a busy week, I made a snap decision to go backpacking. [35 Pictures and lots of words]

The Unknown Joys of Cartography. Several years ago we made a map … [Words only]

gary Allman in the Mark Twain National Forest at Piney Creek Wilderness Missouri.

Do You Know Pete Best? — A chance meeting with locals looking for directions on a remote Ozarks farm road. [Two-minute read and 1 picture]

Resting on the trail out from Piney Creek Wilderness

It was hot and record temperatures were predicted. So, after filtering enough water to last us our hike back to the trailhead I decided that I’d lie in the creek a while and get soaked before we started climbing the 600+ feet out of the wilderness.

Sunshine on Table Rock Lake, seen from Piney Creek Wilderness

Sunshine on Table Rock lake from Piney Creek Wilderness.

Today we sunbathed and went on a short exploratory hike. Yes, that’s right, sunbathed on the 31 December in the Northern hemisphere – I was impressed. Though to make up for this there was ice on the inside of our tent when we woke up.

My sunbathing was interrupted by a pack of horses crossing the creek, which confirmed my suspicion that there was a trail on the other side.

Penultimate campfire of 2011 – We were in two minds where to go backpacking this weekend. Piney Creek Wilderness, or the similarly sounding Paddy Creek Wilderness. Piney creek has around twelve miles of ‘official’ trails, and Paddy Creek has a twenty mile loop. [1 picture]

Gary by Piney Creek, Piney Creek Wilderness, Missouri – We took the girls with us on a scouting trip down to Piney Creek Wilderness. [8 pictures]

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