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ELK PREP: Jocassee Gorges Solo Trip (SC)

MrTumnus

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Last weekend I managed to get away for a quick overnighter to put my new pack (MR Selway 60) and garmin Inreach mini to the test as elk season approaches. Hiked in Saturday afternoon set up camp and hiked out Sunday morning. Used my 3 man tent (ALPS) as my bivy sack that I bought had not arrived yet. Inreach worke fairly well but due to the THICK timber and steep gorges I was in it was fairly hit or miss on messaging at times.

Nonetheless, it was super nice to find some solitude and get some miles in. Walk in to campsite was 8.1 then back out the same way. Site was on top of Laurel Fork Falls overlooking the lake.

Highlight was finding an American Chestnut that was growing from the root stock of one of the old giants that used to dominate the landscape LONG before my time pre-Chestnut Blight.

Also ran into a nice size timber rattler
 

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MedicineMan15

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Awesome. Looks Like a great time! It'll be here before we know it

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MrTumnus

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Just thru hiked that trail last summer love the gorgeous, I do a lot of bear/deer hunting up there.
That's awesome! Yeah if I could carve out the time I'd love to thru hike the foothills. Super interested in doing combo deer/bear hunts there but have not committed to hunting that landscape yet. Seems like a fun adventure! I like in the duncan area but mostly hunt union co. Reach out to me sometime
 

Hardly_Hangin

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Last weekend I managed to get away for a quick overnighter to put my new pack (MR Selway 60) and garmin Inreach mini to the test as elk season approaches. Hiked in Saturday afternoon set up camp and hiked out Sunday morning. Used my 3 man tent (ALPS) as my bivy sack that I bought had not arrived yet. Inreach worke fairly well but due to the THICK timber and steep gorges I was in it was fairly hit or miss on messaging at times.

Nonetheless, it was super nice to find some solitude and get some miles in. Walk in to campsite was 8.1 then back out the same way. Site was on top of Laurel Fork Falls overlooking the lake.

Highlight was finding an American Chestnut that was growing from the root stock of one of the old giants that used to dominate the landscape LONG before my time pre-Chestnut Blight.

Also ran into a nice size timber rattler
Id love to go back in time and see one of those giants in person. They were huge. My grandpa said his mother is to tell stories about pulling a mule and wagon up the mountain to gather chestnuts
 
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