Category Archives: Hammock Camping

What I wished I knew before I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 4: Shelter

This is the fourth part of a series. The second “Big Four” item is shelter. You should NOT go build yourself a shelter out of tree branches except in survival situations. It devastates the environment, is time consuming, and takes … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 3: Backpack

This is the third part of a series. If you have been out of backpacking or hiking for several years, when you think of a backpack, you probably think of the ones with the external metal frame. Times have drastically … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 2: Clothes

This is the second part of a series. What do you wear? You may think a visit to the local outfitter store is needed before you can go backpacking or camping. If you go that route, the chances are they … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 1: How to get started

I’ve been told to write a book.  I’m not sure why.  I didn’t invent anything and I don’t have knowledge that’s not available to the general public.  I HAVE spent a considerable amount of time in the woods and I … Continue reading

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My LAST (official trail) hike in the Sipsey Wilderness!

​Well,  I finally did it! After a couple of years in the process (I’m slow, I know) I have finally hiked every step of every official trail in the Sipsey Wilderness.  That’s just over 50 miles of trail.  I have … Continue reading

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Four Horseman and My Little Pony trip in the Sipsey Wilderness: Turkey Foot Falls, Trail 200 and part of Trail 209

A couple of friends have been planning a winter backpacking trip in the Sipsey Wilderness since earlier this fall. In the beginning, the trip was planned to be four of us that have spent a lot of time in the … Continue reading

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Improved water filter system

​I wanted to provide an update to my water filtration system.  The main reason I changed my system was twofold: Higher rate flow of filtered water and ease of collecting unfiltered water.  While this system works great for me, it … Continue reading

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Sipsey Wilderness/Thompson Creek area exploration 

My hiking buddy (Wayne) and I had plans to go and explore a new to us portion in Bankhead National Forest this past weekend. I was excited to get back to my favorite area and find some new things now … Continue reading

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Sipsey Wilderness/Bankhead Forest Group Hang Trip Report

    The week before this hang I was a bit bummed just to be honest. It was unseasonably warm, there was a burn ban, and quite a few people that normally attend weren’t able to make it this year. … Continue reading

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Sipsey Wilderness Adventure: Trails 208, 224, 204, 204A, partial 209, partial 206, 201

  I had been looking forward to this trip for a couple of reasons. First, it had been too long since I have done an overnight trip in the Sipsey Wilderness. Second, our group contained a great mix of people … Continue reading

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