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Rasty’s Blog 2

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  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the trail-head parking lot made me think I was in trouble when it was time to go home.

    Views going north along the rim and a view of Table Rock maountain

    The trail goes along this very steep section. The trail is about 2 feet wide in some spots with nothing to the one side except air.

    Early the next morning I was able to get out as the ice was still very hard on the road. That Honda has been places that an Accord has no reason to be. [Read More]
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park

    On February 25th and 26th I did a nice loop in the Smokies from Big Creek Ranger Station parking lot to Deep Gap along the AT south of Mt. Cammerer fire tower. There was about 6 to 8 inches of snow while going up. I stealth camped due to the amount of snow coming in and the next day went down the Big Creek trail. Overnight there was another 6 to 8 inches of snow and freezing fog.

    Heading south on the AT towards Mt. Cammerer

    At Mt. Cammerer fire tower and the storm approaching from the west.

    About 6 to 8 inches of snow overnight

    Heading down the Big Creek Trail

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