The Winds: Cirque of Towers, Texas Pass, East Fork

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgGZ4Y67IAQ

This 7 day backpacking trip with my son started at the Big Sandy Lake Trail Head and followed Trail 099 to Big Sandy Lake and then Trail 098 up to Clear Lake. On day 3 we backtracked to Trail 099 and climbed over Jackass Pass down to Lonesome Lake in the Cirque of Towers. The next day we took an unofficial trail over Texas Pass and down to Billy’s Lake, the third lake from Texas Pass. On day 5 we continue down Washakie Creek and then up to May’s Lake on Trail 111. Next we go off trail over a small ridge and drop into the East Fork River drainage and downstream to the CDT, then go south on the CDT to Dad’s Lake. Our final day we continue south on the CDT to Trail 099 and back to Big Sandy Trail Head.

Naked Ground, Hangover & Haoe Lead: Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Creek Wilderness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lq6-WVuv5Y

A three night backpacking trip in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Creek Wilderness commencing at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and hiking up Naked Ground Trail. On day two the trip continues up Naked Ground Trail then out to Hangover where my son meets me. Tipi Walter comes by our camp on day three and we talk for a couple of hours. After Tipi leaves my son and I decide to camp at Hangover for another night. On day four we take Haoe Lead Trail to the Maple Springs Trailhead and my son drives me back to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

Smoky Mountains: Bradley Fork, Cabin Flats And Rain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hosSEnKTMBo

A one night backpacking trip with Jennifer Lupine in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The out and back trip starts at Smokemont Campground and follows the Bradley Fork Trail and then Cabin Flats Trail up to Campsite #49. Please check out Jennifer Lupine’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/JenniferLupine Thanks for watching and hope you enjoyed the video. Backpacking With Bryan DeLay webpage: https://bryandelay.com/https://youtu.be/hosSEnKTMBo

Mt Rogers: Lewis Fork, Grayson Highlands, Cabin Ridge Loop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hffjTbQrIMk

A three night backpacking trip with my son beginning at the Lewis Fork Trailhead and camping along Cliffside Trail the first night. On day 2 we continue up Cliffside Trail to Pine Mountain Trail to Crest Trail to Scales. Then we take the AT over Stone Mountain and camp along Wilson Creek. My son leaves on the morning of day 3 and I continue along the AT through Grayson Highlands State Park then take the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail to Cabin Ridge, where I camp. On day 4 I continue on the VHHT to Deep Gap and cut over to the AT briefly to the Mt. Rogers Trail. Next I take the Lewis Fork Spur Trail to the Lewis Fork Trail and then Cliffside Trail back to the Lewis Fork Trail to the trailhead.

Smoky Mountains Backpacking – Anthony Creek Loop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9LBJ97pYQc

A two night backpacking trip with Shawn Nichols in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park beginning at the Anthony Creek Trail Head, and then hiking up Anthony Creek to Russell Field Trail to Campsite #10. On day 2 we continue up Russell Field Trail to the Appalachian Trail, then north on the AT. At Spence Field we do an out and back on the AT up to Rocky Top. After returning to Spence Field, we take Bote Mountain Trail to Anthony Creek Trail to Campsite #9. With a long drive home Shawn left at 7:30 AM on the third day, while I stayed at camp. Later I continued down Anthony Creek Trail back to the trail head. Thanks for watching and hope you enjoyed the video. Backpacking With Bryan DeLay webpage: https://bryandelay.com/https://youtu.be/y9LBJ97pYQc

AT – Rocky Fork Loop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VVLnPGw3p4

A three night backpacking trip beginning at Devil’s Fork Gap and hiking south on the Appalachian Trail to Flint Gap. On day two I leave the AT and hike down Flint Creek through Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park to upper Rocky Fork Creek and camp on a ridge line above the headwaters. Day three I continue along the ridge up to the Big Butt Trail and take it to the AT. Then it’s north on the AT to a small flat area next to a branch where I make a camp. The final day I continue north on the AT back to Devil’s Fork Gap.

NF & SF Citico Creek Wilderness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0kEKRG0Ss4

A three night backpacking trip in Citico Creek Wilderness. My first campsite is on South Fork Citico Creek just upstream from the confluence with the North Fork. On day two it’s about half the way up North Fork Citico Creek to an old, existing campsite. The next day backtracks down North Fork to South Fork and then up South Fork to a campsite upstream from Ike Camp Branch. Finally on day three it’s the South Fork Citico Trail back to the trail head.

Snow In The Smoky’s – Bote Mountain to Elkmont

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqSBcDDakUg

A three night backpacking trip with my son in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For me the trip started at the Bote Mountain Trailhead on Laurel Fork Road, with a 1.9 mile hike to campsite #18. On day two we woke up to an unexpected six inches of snow. So we stayed and camped at #18 on night 2. On day 3 we hiked 8 miles to campsite #19 and then on day 4 we hiked out to Elkmont. Thanks for watching and hope you enjoyed the video. Backpacking With Bryan DeLay webpage: https://bryandelay.com/https://youtu.be/pqSBcDDakUg

Big South Fork: Ranse Boyatt Farm, John Muir Overlook, Maudes’s Crack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjoS4Amrcj4

A two night backpacking trip in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area starting at the Terry Cemetery Trail Head and taking Longfield Branch Trail down to No Business Creek. On day 2 it’s a visit to Ranse Boyatt Farm, a climb up to John Muir Overlook and back down to camp along No Business again. My son joins me at camp on day 2 and then on day 3 we continue south on the John Muir Trail until we reach the base of Maude’s Crack, at which point we climb up the crack to the overlook. Finally we take the Maude’s Crack Overlook Trail back to the Terry Cemetery Trail Head.

Smoky Mountains: Road To Nowhere Loop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wLopgIJnMU

This is a four night solo backpacking trip in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park beginning at the Noland Creek Trail Head. The first day is a short hike up Noland Creek Trail to Campsite #65 and the second day continues up Noland Creek Trail to Campsite #64. Day three follows the Springhouse Branch Trail over Forney Ridge and drops down to Campsite #71. On the fourth day I hike down Forney Creek Trail then up Bear Creek Trail to Campsite #75. The fifth and final day backtracks down the Bear Creek Trail to Lakeshore Trail with a short road walk back to the Noland Creek Trail Head. Thanks for watching and hope you enjoy the video. Backpacking With Bryan DeLay webpage: https://bryandelay.com/https://youtu.be/6wLopgIJnMU

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