Backpacking

Everything backpacking: our gear, trip write-ups, and individual pictures.

Waiting for our return – some slightly cooler weather has enticed us out for a couple of days. Strangely, there was only one other vehicle parked at the trailhead. Tower Trailhead, Hercules Glades Wilderness.

Three days backpacking in Hercules Glades, August 2022. Trip write-up: Six-minute read, +20

Backpacking goodies in the gear closet — there must be over 100 mini Snickers bars there. I won’t be taking any on our next trip. It will be too hot, and melted Snickers are very messy. I know, I’ve tried.

Day Three – Trail Buddies and the end of the trip – It had been a good night, but I woke up feeling very unsettled and a quick check of my pulse confirmed what I thought. I was in AFIB again. One-minute read, +1

Mini campfire – I left a full fuel bottle with Ginger, and while I had enough alcohol for dinner and breakfast, I decided to save fuel and get out my Nano Firebox.

Bath time — I’m looking pleased with myself. That’s probably because I have warmed up after my wilderness bath.

Bathing Pool in ‘Deep Hollow.’

Inaccessible — Well, almost inaccessible. Looking downstream from the Bathing Pool in ‘Deep Hollow.’

Meanwhile, back at basecamp – While I’m off hiking Ginger’s enjoying her spot in the woods.

Day Two – Back at the Pole Hollow cairn – Here I am, back at the Pole Hollow cairn in Hercules Glades, but this trip is a little bit different.

Three days at Hercules Glades Wilderness. Trip write-up: Two-minute read, +10

Hike Over – Now to get back to Springfield and pick up a rental car and drive to Kansas City this afternoon.

‘That’ cairn. Hercules Glades, Cairn at the junction of the Pilot and Pole Hollow trails (and a selfie). +1

Wet trail conditions.

Pilot (Tower) Trail – the trail was a little wet.

Day Three, and the start of the spring turkey hunting season – All ready to hit the trail again at ‘Twin Falls Hollow’

Day Two. Camped at ‘Deep Hollow’ – It rained through most of the night and into the morning. +3

Looking down ‘Spring Hollow’ – A new (for me) Scenic Overlook. +1

Ready for the day’s hike – Midday, and just about to leave ‘Twin Falls Hollow.’

Day One – Camped in ‘Twin Falls Hollow’ – I arrived at 9:40 p.m. yesterday after hiking in on a dark and foggy night.

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