Location: Red River Gorge Geological Area - Slade, KY
General Rules and Regulations: Overnight permits are required (available at gas stations in Slade or Gladie Visitor Center). No camping within 300' of a marked trail or road. No camping or fires within 100' of rock structures. Fires are permitted unless there s a fire ban in place - No cutting standing timber (dead or alive). Bear precautions are required.
Please see the USDA website, which is over Red River Gorge, for details on the rules.
Trip Highlights: 2 days/1 night; temps ranged from upper 20s to mid 50s; approximately 10 miles.
The area was very crowded with people trying to catch the fall colors. But, I think we were a week or so early for the best color.
Menu: Oatmeal, Gold Star Chili, Chinese chicken & rice and Snacks.
Shelter: Two man tent, Thermarest pads (Prolite & Neolite), Kelty 20 Cosmic Down bag and Underground Quilts top quilt.
Carrying most of the gear I was still able to come in at about 22 pounds without water. Jacob used a day pack and carried is clothes, sleep pad, sleeping bag and personal items like a head lamp, gloves & such - about 11 pounds without water.
We would be hunting for a waterfall and some arches. But, when we got in the area it was clear that finding a spot to park and camp would be the first hunt. The place was hoppin'. People were literally parked everywhere. Fortunately, most people seemed to be day hikers and hiking the marked trails (we would be staying on unmarked trails)
Once at the trailhead we organized our gear, suited up and headed off to Copperas Creek.
We didn't find the falls but, we did find a suitable campsite. We started gathering what firewood we could find and got a campfire going. With a fire going we turned to setting up shelter.
The temps were dropping fast. We got our evening snacks and hung our bear bag before eating. Time to eat and relax by the fire!
If you were wondering, Max has a down vest as well as a down blanket (my summer top quilt for hammock camping).
The plan today would be to drop our gear at the truck and day hike in search of arches.
Dishonorably Discharged: Nothing from this trip that didn't work as planned.