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Tumble Lake Camping Trip!

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Just sharing the weekend camping trip I took at tumble lake

Lessons Learned:

1. Expand tackle options to include smaller fish
2. Usnea is an incredible soap substitute
3. Mountain food forage is slim
4. What Garmin identifies as a trail is not always a trail
5. I don't need many pine boughs to effectively insulate me from the ground (many more are needed to be comfortable).
6. Use different types of wood for different fire applications, like saving the hardwood to burn while sleeping because it lasts longer, saving a stack of pine needles if a quick ammount of light or heat is needed, and burning pine for a tall flame.
7. Brook Trout are unbelievably smart
8. I can sustainably engage rigorous physical activity on 1000 calories a day.

Here are a selection of pictures!

Looking East from tumble mountain

From left to right: Mt. Jefferson, Coffin Rock, Mr. Bachelor, and 3 Sisters.

Still lots of snow and precarious snow difts that are hollow on the inside (which became the brunt of many jokes when my friends and I fell in waist deep)

Great vista!

Bushwhacking across mountains aint no joke!

Bushwhacking back up the mountain after the trip was over, we finally stumble across the trail. Haha.

Really neat stream that has eroded its way through a fallen tree

The Lord of the Fungus (our impromptu spiritual leader)

East side of Lake Tumble looking North at dawn

East side of Lake Tumble looking South at dawn

My primitive camp that worked remarkably well on those 40 degree nights.

Ain't no cookin' like slow roastin'.

2nd twisting of cordage. Didn't snap a photo of the first length of cordage. This cordage is made from the bark of a alder tree sapling (which was used as the spit in the picture above)

3rd twisting of cordage, which took an estimated 50lbs of strength to break.

Post-mountain conquering. I've found a position to wear my knife that I absolutely love. I hang it by a binding from my belt, and then use another loose binding right above the knee. Binding tensions can be adjusted to preference. It never gets in the way, is always ready, easily accessable, and won't get in the way of a hip-holster mountain sidearm. That's Detroit Resorvoir in the background.

The best part about these tracks is that they weren't there on the hike in :eek::D:

Next time, I will catch one of those crafty brook trout. :thumb:

When I get around to synthesizing video of the trip, which includes a pine-bough/550 cord tee-pee, it will be found here:
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