Panthertown Valley

In February 2004 we took a really cold backpacking trip into Panthertown.  We had spent the past couple of years braving the Colorado winters, and I figured we wouldn’t have any problems backpacking in North Carolina in February.  But, man, humidity makes it feel so much colder.  And it snowed a little on us overnight.  The biggest problem we’re learning about camping in the winter, though, is just that it stays dark for so long.  You end up spending literally 13 hours in the tent…and that can get pretty miserable.  But we did it anyway.  The wind was horrendous at night.  We managed to find a fairly sheltered camp site, but the wind howling up through the ravine was pretty bad.  I kept being worried that trees were going to get blown over on us…but we survived.

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