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Accompanied a friend who was finishing a mapping project of the AL Pinhoti, the remainder of which was the 45 miles between Adam's Gap at Cheaha to the USFS 603A trailhead below Rebecca Mountain at the south end of Talladega National Forest. Didn't take a huge amount of pics, as we were under heavy tree cover the vast majority of the time.
We started late morning on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and finished around lunchtime on Friday, Oct. 26.
Trailhead to trailhead in 73 hours. I slept about 12 hours per night, so literally spent half the trip on a Big Agnes Air Core. Backpacking is rough stuff...







We will follow this line, generally skirting the ridgelines just below or along the tops.









This tree is on borrowed time...


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We camped by a retired fire tower the second night.



First use of the Osprey Exos 58 I bought for a canceled trip to CO. I like it even more than my beloved Exos 46!

The TT Notch may have a bigger footprint than my bivy, but it's not too greedy.
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I'd been complaining for several years of not seeing a rattler in the wild, and finally got my wish.
Pretty good camo!






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These are from a very short overnighter I did at the last minute on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 10. Just including them because it was on the Pinhoti, as well.

Just 2-3 miles in from the Cheaha TH to the Blue Mountain shelter. I went a little further, but came back and camped opposite where the trail to the shelter splits off.



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Lots of streams that could form waterfalls and cascades between these ridgelines that are dry or just trickles right now, and that I'd like to see again in the spring with some water flowing.










The palatial Blue Mountain shelter:

Wish the Tarptent was a little more earth-colored, so I could feel all stealthy and stuff...

The Inertia X-Lite pad was comfy enough, but I got off of it, and twisted it around several times. Still slept for my usual 12hrs or so, so it's obviously not *that* bad.

Even made a little fire for a change, but only messed with it for about 20mins.

It beat staying home!
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Cool pics.  Rattler wasn't very happy to see you.
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I have just seen some places that I'd rather be with those pics. Nice!
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. I slept about 12 hours per night, so literally spent half the trip on a Big Agnes Air Core




did it stay inflated?


nice pictures......
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Thanks; I've had no problems with either the regular or insulated Air Cores.
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Im reading this as i am packing my 2nd air core to go back to big agnes to repair a leaking valve.......
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Ouch. That sucks. Sorry to hear you're having continuing problems. I know that's a confidence killer, and I can relate. Taking my 6 week old mountain bike to the shop(a different shop!) for the third time in the morning, after two trips to the shop I bought it from, and working on it myself. With tools, parts, and accessories, I'm into it for about $1500, and have nothing to ride. Very frustrating...
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