Thursday, June 09, 2011

Yellow River Forest

A friend and I went backpacking in the Yellow River Forest in North East Iowa this past weekend. Here are some pics.
And here are a couple Youtube videos.
‬‏http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqzGCMPX640
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DSmsd1SJo0‬‏
The weather was in the upper eighties with no wind. Bugs were thick and a little breeze would have helped that. We had about a 3 mile hike into camp on Saturday and a 4 mile hike out Sunday.
I used a heavily loaded Maxpedition Condor II pack, which is a fine day pack, but not suited for long hikes in rough terrain when loaded to 40 pounds. All the weight is hanging from the shoulders instead of on the hips. Live and learn.
For shelter, I used a BCUSA tarp and Grand Trunk Ultralight hammock. Love the hammock but with the mosquitoes, I was wishing I had a bug net. I see a WBBB in my near future.
Later....

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