Devil’s Backbone Wilderness

Icicles. 3 pictures

Loading up with water at the end of the Devil’s Backbone Trail – Gone are the days when I carry loads of water. The Sawyer Squeeze filter is so quick and easy to use, often I only have the one-and-a-half pints that my water bottle holds, filtering water as I find it. 2 pictures

Gear change – new backpack. Zpacks Arc Haul. One-minute read

Lunch on the trail – Ramen Noodles. 3 pictures

Another empty trailhead – Here I am parked up, ready to start a three-day hike around the Devil’s Backbone Wilderness

January 2020, Three Days At Devil’s Backbone Wilderness – I visited old haunts and hiked the last of my un-trod trails in this wilderness. Trip write-up: 17-minute read. 48 pictures

One down and one to go – This isn’t an ordinary trip. I wanted to get a few more miles under my belt, so I came up with the idea for my ‘Four Days, Three Nights, Two Wildernesses’ hike. Here I am back at the trailhead at the end of the first part. 2 pictures

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

North Fork River – The North Fork River was my destination for the day.
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McGarr Ridge Trail – This sums up hiking in the Ozarks at the moment. Bare trees and fallen leaves.

The trails of the Ozarks are starting to look similar. 2 pictures

Devil's Backbone Wilderness. Mary Hollow to the left, and an unnamed hollow to the right.

Nemesis – Mary Hollow to the left, and the unnamed hollow I followed on my last visit to the right.

Devil's Backbone Wilderness - a picture of the Devil's Backbone ridge.

The Devil’s Backbone – It’s impressively narrow with a 160′ drop off on either side. 3 pictures

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

Wedding anniversary backpacking at Devils Backbone Wilderness by Gary Allman

Near the end of the hike (365:052) – Wedding anniversary backpacking at Devils Backbone Wilderness. 5 pictures

Morning coffee in Mary Hollow - Devils Backbone Wilderness by Gary Allman

Morning coffee in Crooked Hollow – Devils Backbone Wilderness (365:051) – It’s our second wedding anniversary, and what better way to celebrate it than backpacking? I sure do know how to show a girl a good time! One-minute read, 6 pictures

Wedding anniversary backpacking at Devils Backbone Wilderness by Gary Allman

Wedding anniversary backpacking at Devils Backbone Wilderness (365:050) – Tonight we get to sleep in the woods and tomorrow it’s our It’s our second wedding anniversary. One-minute read, +3

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