[at-l] I love/hate when this happens... Foothills trail?

Frank Looper nightwalker.at at gmail.com
Sun Nov 21 21:16:53 CST 2010


Start next weekend? Plan on Saturday to the next Sunday? Slow is best,
especially with me limping and you guys back to starting over. Get two .50
cal ammo boxes and we'll cache food. You guys will love this trail.

On Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM, <rcli4 at comcast.net> wrote:

>
> I'm ready.  But Frank can't make me talk polotics :>))
>
> Clyde
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jan Lite <liteshoe at gmail.com>
> To: Frank Looper <nightwalker.at at gmail.com>
> Cc: hopeful 2003 <hopeful_2003 at comcast.net>, at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>,
> rcli4 at comcast.net, rcli4 at aol.com
> Sent: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:46:31 -0000 (UTC)
> Subject: Re: [at-l] I love/hate when this happens... Foothills trail?
>
>
> Ol' "Fred" (Thee Fred) might be up for a stroll.
> Especially if it involved goat cheese.
>
> On Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM, Frank Looper <nightwalker.at at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Looks like just me and you, Hot Foot.
>>
>>   On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Jan Lite <liteshoe at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>  Thought this was worth a second read.
>>> Thanks for the fine report, Hopeful, and I relived my first "distance"
>>> hike, also in an unexpected snow.
>>> Wish I'd a been there with you!
>>> Barring that, thanks for writing about it. I miss the vivid trip reports
>>> that used to pepper the list.
>>> This was a good 'in.
>>> (Next time, take me with you! As a fellow '03-er, I respectfully request
>>> notice! ;-) )
>>>
>>> Missing the trail adventures and fellowship,
>>> Ms. Shoe
>>>
>>> PS Why don't we get up a group to piddle down the Foothills Trail, in
>>> part or all?
>>>  I believe Frank could guide us well.
>>>
>>> On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 7:41 PM, <hopeful_2003 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>>
>>> >
>>> > Hey y?all, Mrs Hopeful and I just returned from doing some trail magic
>>> for
>>> > the sobos at the Fontana Hilton. The first week of November Lastminute
>>> > (GAME03), a mother and daughter from our church and I hiked Newfound
>>> Gap to
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > Davenport Gap. There were 2 goals. One was to leave word in the logs
>>> about
>>> > the hiker feed and the other was to help the mom and daughter get their
>>> > first real taste of long distance hiking. Well, I know there are those
>>> who
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > don?t see 32 miles as long distance but for newbess it is. They were
>>> both
>>> > trooper and never complained about anything. The first day out was 11
>>> miles
>>> > which was enormous for the newbees. Among their first tastes was hiking
>>> into
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > the shelter well after dark. They were clearly anxious when it became
>>> > certain that the sun would be well down before we made camp. Anxious or
>>> not,
>>> > they pushed through showing no real fear. I guess Lastminute kept them
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > encouraged. Another first was the snow we woke up to on the second
>>> morning.
>>> > Actually, it snowed lightly but none stop for 3 days. By the time we
>>> got out
>>> > there was a foot down with drifts deeper. On the second day I began
>>> worrying
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > whether I needed to form Plan B in the event the snow got bad. I knew
>>> we had
>>> > no immediate option but to press on that day and then consider bailing
>>> on
>>> > day 3. I told them that Plan B had merit because if we bailed to the
>>> Cosby
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > campground, they?d get to sleep a night on the restroom floor while I
>>> hiked
>>> > on to contact Ox (GAME99) to give us a ride back to my car. They missed
>>> out
>>> > on that first :) As it turned out, they were heart set on hiking on to
>>> the
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > end. Somewhere along the trail on day 3, the daughter turned to me with
>>> a
>>> > smile wide as sunset and bubbled out, "I can?t believe I?m living this
>>> > adventure!" From that point on I stopped worrying whether I had got
>>> them in
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > over their heads. They learned a lot: hiking after dark is not the same
>>> as
>>> > being lost, you can keep warm even while hiking in the snow with damp
>>> > clothes, damp clothes can be dried in your sleeping bad, nalgenes full
>>> of
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > hot water down in you sleeping bag keep the chills at bay, mice don?t
>>> ambush
>>> > hikers. It was a wonderful trip and all the more enjoyable watching
>>> newbees
>>> > get trail broke and reliving my early hikes through their questions and
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > revelations.
>>> >
>>> > Last week we took grub to the hilton and enjoyed some time with both
>>> sobos
>>> > and section hikers. The brother and sister in law of a sobo came to
>>> visit
>>> > him. The sister in law could hardly believe that we were there to do a
>>> feed.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > She was really taken aback when she learned how many folks who were not
>>> in
>>> > attendance had contributed stuff to make the feed possible. They gave
>>> > everything from plates and forks, to soft drinks, to fire wood, to
>>> veggies
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > for stir frying. A trailer was loaned so we could haul in a rick and
>>> have a
>>> > big fire several nights. There was plenty of wood left for hikers to
>>> come.
>>> > One of my most enjoyable moment was watching the notion sink into her
>>> that
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > there are lots of folks in and out of the community who care about the
>>> > community. I can?t speak for anybody else but I had a great time. If
>>> all
>>> > that wasn?t enough, Codygirl stopped by and we got to meet face to
>>> face.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > I?ll let her tell about her adventures. Hopeful
>>> >
>>>
>>> --
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>
>
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