We had intended on doing some climbing in North Carolina, only I succeeded in dislocating my thumb temporarily. We figured, instead, we’d do some backpacking, give it some time to heal.
We packed up enough food/clothing/supplies to be out in the boonies for at least a few days.
The Piscah National Forest is beautiful. We got an awesome view of Looking Glass, where we climbed a couple years back last time we were in Asheville.
We worked our way into Shining Rock Wilderness on the Art Loeb Trail. We had hoped to make it as far as Cold Mountain. Yes, Cold Mountain, where the novel and film are based from. I’d heard rumors Jude Law was buried up there. It’s been awhile since I’ve hiked with 50 lbs. on my back. Dave’s probably used to the weight on his back, seeing that I force him to carry me around koala bear style (marsupial, to be exact).
We had gotten around seven miles in when we heard there was some foul weather headed our way, so we figured we’d make camp. Amazingly, we received cell reception from this remote area. You’d never get cell service like this in the west. Hell, I can’t even get it at my dad’s house in rural Arizona. I like that. I don’t like having cell service when I’m in the woods. Just seems wrong.