Backpacking FDR state park 7/2019

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    We did a two nighter. First night we stay at Whiskey still campsite. It’s probably my favorite I’ve camped at so far in the park. It’s a 1 mile hike from the parking lot and we needed a short hike since we arrived pretty late with me working that Friday. The campsite itself was kind of in a bowl between two hills and there were flat areas for tents.

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    You can see from the map the water source seems close, but it actually took some walking. It turned out to be a spring that was really a puddle of water the size of a manhole. It was filled with silverfish. I was happy to have my katadyn hiker to filter with. We brought in water, but we drank most of it setting up camp. It was hotter than I don’t know what. I of course managed to overpack my backpack refusing to use freeze dried meals. My pack is the one on the right with stuff hanging all over it. It’s a ULA OHM 2.0 custom made in multicam that I bought a few years ago.

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    Luckily we brought our pack saws with some downed trees near the campsite. I wonder how many people miss out on easy firewood when they don’t bring them. We had no problem getting the fire going. We cooked some brauts on the fire that I packed in. I managed to forget the buns at home, but we were so hungry we could care less. It was almost midnight by the time we were eating since we got there so late.

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    My knife for the trip was my fiddleback Leuku. I brought a SAL farmer, but I really only used it as a firescraper for my ferro rod. Probably would leave that next time. In the morning there was a beautiful mist in the trees you could see from just outside your tent. I cooked up some oatmeal on my alc stove with my canteen cup and that was all the fuel I needed. It was so hot the night before I barely ate. I noticed I gave less of an appetite backpacking usually.

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    We hiked back to the car and drove to our next trail. We picked what campsites we could get since it was packed 4th of July weekend. Or so they say. We only saw a handful of people on the trails. The next campsite is Sawmill. I’ve stayed there once before, it keeps cool with it being lowland and having a creek. We spotted a lot of neat mushrooms along the way. The hiking was straightforward. There was one nice creek crossing. It poured rain so we detoured from our 5 mile route to a 3 mile one and put on our ponchos. My buddies shoes were not equip to deal with rain. He had soaked feet quickly.

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    When we got to sawmill we set up our tarps first. The rain had stopped, but we were worried it might return. There was no firewood readily available so we went up a nearby hill where most people would probably avoid. Sure enough there was a few good hauls of firewood. We kept a small fire since it was hot just to keep the bugs away. I still got eaten alive by chiggers that I’m scratching as I post this. We used tarps instead of rainflies to have more airflow. I aslept with only a shemagh as a blanket and was pretty comfy. We packed up real early skipping breakfast until we got to the car so we could get back to civilization. We hiked pretty hard on the way out and paced a guy who was without a pack. All in all a great trip. Like every backpacking trip I’ll say I need to pack lighter. Or at least as light as my buddy. I’ll also say we tried he Indian star firelay and we’re not fans for using it with smaller wood. It made it more difficult to control the fire, but I would use it with big logs.

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    You've got to love chiggers. Looks like a good trip brother. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Even with the bugs, it looks like a great adventure. Thanks for sharing. :)
     
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    Appreciate it! Yeah I usually have a pretty bad reaction to those bites. I’m just shocked how much they got me even with wearing pants and my hiking boots that come up to my shin.
     
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    I don't know if it is a true fact or not, but I was told years ago that if a person ate food with onions and garlic in it, such as spaghetti, that when you are sweating, bugs won't bite you. I eat a fair amount of spicy food and I can say that I rarely get bitten by a bug. They do swarm on me, and some will land on me, but rarely do I get bitten. A couple of nights back I was out in our woods rounding up our horses. I was wearing shorts and no shirt or hat. It was dark and I had my head lamp on. I got bit on the back by a black fly. That's the first time I remember getting bit this year.
     
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    Nice outing, I need to visit that area soon.
    And you know what they say about chiggers...if a chigger was 10 times bigger it'd ruin yer figure!
     
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    We love the Wolfden Loop too.
     
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    I’ve done that one before I really like it.
     
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    Thanks! They are my arch nemesis at this point.
     
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    You really should it’s a great park. Lots of history too. I want to hike every trail eventually.
     
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    Funny you say that o brought Brussels sprouts with garlic but I burned it instead. The heat took my appetite. I wonder if I ate it if I would have been saved.
     
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    Maybe next time?
     
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    Looked like a nice trip and I feel your struggle with the chiggers. They have been my arch nemesis for many years too...every year. Chigger bites affect everyone differently and I’m sensitive to them as well. The only thing that really works is permethrin. No amount of bug spray will keep all of them from finding a way in. But permethrin treated clothes (especially socks) really does work and fresh treated clothes feels like a suit of armor in the woods
     
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    I’ll have to give that a shot. I’ve considered permethrin before. I need to learn more about it so I can feel more confident using it. Im typically wary of chemicals. The bites are actually itching less now 2-3 days later. They aren’t easy on the eyes though.
     
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    There is always next time. I’ll be back at that park and also hopefully at whiskey still again. I’ve stayed at 4 other campsites at FDR and that one is my favorite so far. I wish I would have taken pictures of it before the sun went down.
     
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    Might not work in this scenario but on day trips I shower immediately when I get out of the woods or get home and it works very well. I imagine a dip in a creek would help. I’m also considering carrying a ultralight hammock just to sit in off the ground for day trips.
     
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    I was thinking about that. I used a ground chair by helinox. It’s very low to the ground. The majority of my bites are on my legs though.
     
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    Hey brother is that a evernew ti dx stove in your last photo ?
     
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    Sure is goes with me every trip. I feed it golden grain alc.
     
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    I've been looking at them. How are you liking yours ? More to the point how well does it work in the field ?
    I've been looking at the evernew appellation set that comes with that stove. Id love to hear your thoughts on yours.
     
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    I’ve used it quite a bit. I haven’t tested any other fuels. So far 2 oz of golden grain burns about 10m in it. It’s cooked everything I’ve tried so far. This trip I’ve used it for oatmeal and shell/cheese pasta. The burner plate warps easy so I keep flipping it after every use. Best way to light it for me is with a firesteel.
     
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