Well the trip was amazing. We ended up having 6 people. Eric, Landon and Richard met me at the parking lot and we hiked out Friday night. Leigh met us at the parking lot for Little Missouri Falls the next day and James caught up to us after that.
It was a great trip and I'd be happy to hike with you folks again some day.
From left to right, Richard, Landon, Eric and me.
Eric (in front) and Richard.
Eric in his Six Moons Designs Scout.
Richard's MYOG tarptent. If I recall this is his first MYOG project like this. Very impressive.
I was a bit more creative in my meals on this trip. For dinner I ate a Mtn. House and apple slices dipped in Nutella. It doesn't get much better then that.
After dinner we hung around the fire till late in the evening.
That morning it was freezing cold. We'd expected a low of 40 but it felt a bit lower then that (it probably was and camping next to a river in the bottom of a valley didn't help).
Little Missouri Falls was nice. Leigh met us in the parking lot at the falls.
Shortly after Leigh joined us James caught up too us.
We stopped for lunch after hiking down a side trail to check out a vista. This time I had a granola bar with my Nutela. The rest of the group pitched in to lighten my load a bit by helping me eat my large bag of Peanut M&Ms.
It was great having guys along who knew the trail. If I'd been on my own I might have missed the side trail to all these great views.
The trail led over a series of ridges (6 if I recall). Leigh was having a knee issue so she camped early by FR 106 and hiked down the road to the trailhead the next day. We went on a bit farther (mostly because there were no good campsites for a group our size).
James' Gatewood Cape.
Eric in his hammock.
We had another fire and I ate the last of my Nutela.
My alcohol stove worked very well on the trip. I didn't get a good picture of Eric's MYOG version of a Caldera Cone. He'd cut a pie pan up and wrapped it around a ebsit stove for greater efficiency.
I set my tarp up with two logs on either side. My plan was for them to block the wind although this was not really necessary.
The next day we woke up to a drizzle of rain(not in the weather forecast by the way).
James got a chance to use his cape.
The hike down the valley was cool
We stopped to take some pictures then Landon noticed a spider.
I think we spent about 30 minutes playing with various camera settings. It was tricky getting a picture because of the lighting and the clouds.
After the trip most of us met up at a Mexican restaurant for a post trip meal.