Backpacking

Gary and the Truck Cab on the Pees Hollow Trail. [3 pictures]

‘Cab Creek’ [1 picture]

That’s One Way to Get Ginger to Laugh. [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]

Pees Hollow Backpacking Trip – My new Hammock arrived last week and I couldn’t wait any longer to try it out. [54 pictures and lots of words]

Glades and Knobs – You cannot be a Brit (well this Brit anyway) and not snigger occasionally at the local term for a pointy hill – ‘knob’. [6 knob(ish) pictures]

Dodge Truck Hood [1 picture]

Brushy Creek [1 picture]

Gary Modestly Posing at Brushy Creek. [2 Pictures]

The Confluence of Brushy Creek and ‘Cab Creek’ [1 (big) picture]

Brushy Creek – The name is very well deserved, it is brushy almost to the point of being impassable. [6 pictures]

Black and White image of the Pees Hollow Trail , Hercules Glades, running through a wooded area.

A Clear Path – The trail through the woods was very clear here. [2 pictures]

Watch Your Head – fragile looking tree by the trail. [1 picture]

View From The Ridge at the Start of the Pees Hollow Trail. One reason why I prefer fall, winter, and spring to summer is that you can see the views and the ‘bones’ of the land… [1 picture]

Following a successful field test with our old lounging hammock, I decided I could afford to buy a light-weight backpacking hammock, tarp, and under-quilt …

Four hours later the dishwasher died and we were mopping up a quarter inch of water from the kitchen floor.

It was time to go out on my long awaited backpacking trip with a hammock. Plan ‘A’ was for us to go on a quick, one-night visit to Hercules Glades Wilderness. When Ginger decided she wasn’t going, I quickly came up with Plan ‘B’ which transformed the quick one-nighter into a solo three-day, Friday through Sunday trip. [55 Pictures and lots of words]

Trial Run With The Hammock. I’ve been wanting to try hammock camping for quite a while. I’m reluctant to purchase all the necessary gear unless it’s something I’m sure I will be comfortable with — and in. [2 pictures, 5-minute read]

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

Photograph of Ginger and Gary Allman on the Coy Bald Trail

In 2010 we went from car camping to hiking and backpacking in six months. I reflect on what instigated that change, and how we are going to keep on getting out. [8 pictures]

Photograph of the 2017 total solar eclipse seen through the trees of the Mark Twain National Forest near the Berryman / Ozark trail in MIssouri

Our plans for viewing the eclipse were to go backpacking and watch the eclipse from the Mark Twain National Forest [17 pictures]

Beretta PX4 Storm Compact 9mm semiautomatic handgun in a BLACKHAWK! Serpa CQC Carbon Fiber Appliqué Finish Concealment Holster

A quick look at my current holsters plus some thoughts on handgun ownership. [3 pictures]

This truck cab is a bit of a landmark on the trail – it’s just to the south of a spring – so there is water nearby. There is also a fire ring close by.

We had a little navigational problem getting started. The beginning of the western half of the Pees Hollow trail isn’t marked, and the trail isn’t much used. With all the fallen leaves we went past the start of the trail and had to backtrack. The views were well worth the effort.

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Gary and Lanie tending the campfire – Photo by Ginger

Teenage Girl crossing Long Creek at Hercules Glades - www.ozarkswalkabout.com

Taking advantage of a long weekend, we took Lanie with us on a three-day backpacking trip to Hercules Glades. [15 Pictures]

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]

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