Went on a location scouting trip for a group camping event…
Found a beautiful location, beautiful site….although if I had driven a bit further, I might’ve found another site near Gordon Lakes….
Campsite area, it is big enough for a few vehicles, tents, and kitchen site.
View of entrance of trail into the woods
Looking downhill on one side of trail
Another view of the woods
Downhill on different part of trail, several sites in the interior of the woods could be good for smaller tents and so on.
Such beautiful view of the mountains from the trail
Looking up into the clear blue skies.. Yes that tree is still there, It is NOT falling down!
Nice little Madrona shrub growing.
A view of the mountain ranges…Consider that this is not as high an elevation as it could have been from the road….. I am impressed.
Another view of the surrounding mountains
Looking back East towards the campsite trails
Another shot of the forest and its underbrush developing.
Hammock test set up with small tarp, bugnet, underpad 🙂
Looking at the hammock site from a fair distance away, around 50 yards…it blends in OKAY in this terrain, from a helicopter or other mountains, probably not noticeable.
Another view of the hammock tarp set up; I only used 3 stakes, tying mostly to the trees.
A different angle showing the “beak” of one side.
Another growing Madrona tree
Twig fire! I picked up the trash after the fire, since previous occupants left some trash in the firepit.
My dinner for the day; Idahoan instant taters in a canteen cup!
My Hellcat pack system and day trip belt kit; I am a believer in being armed when walking the woods alone.
Other side of pack.
The Open cell foam pad, hammock, Kelty top quilt, straps and bugnet are all in the black MSS bag, while the tarp is in the very top pocket of the small “Recon” pack, which also holds my foods, water in 3 1 qt canteens, fire kit, stakes and ropes. My clothes are in the MOLLE Sustainment pouches on the sides, with one holding just fleece pull over and fleece throw blanket for additional insulation if needed, and the other holding the rest of my clothes.
I also have a small tube sack stuffed with left over open cell foam to use as a pillow for either neck or knees in the hammock.
My first aid kit is in the top flap’s bottom pocket, while I have another quart of water on the waist belt, and a pouch holding my compass, along with a medic pocket holding my trail snacks and granola bars.