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ccmmcc
02-06-2006, 09:41 AM
Any folks here use a push cart to get up Hazel Creek and camp? I am looking to either buy one or build one and could use any ideas you all may have.

Chris

Paula Begley
02-06-2006, 10:03 AM
Chris When Byron and I built ours, we used a metal game carrier and fitted it with bicycle tires...Heavy duty enough to carry in everything but the kitchen sink. Think we have an old picture somewhere of it loaded down for a week long trip - it was amazing - looked like a dustbowl caravan... ;D

Hope this helps!

Paula

ccmmcc
02-06-2006, 10:55 AM
I have heard of some people using a game carrier from Cabela's. It sounds similar to what you were using. I will probably end up using that unless another idea comes along. Thanks Paula.

Regards,

Chris McCarthy

hw3
02-06-2006, 06:52 PM
Game carts from Cabelas work great. If I were buying a new one, I would get dual wheel model. I would also get a big Rubber Maid box to put everything in, I think mine is 55 gal or so, and some tiedowns that can be tightened with a built-in ratchet. Cart will hold two boxes. trick is getting balance point at right height to push. Also, we have all added some sort of longer handle that goes out over each end of the handle so both can push at the same time. Be sure it is strong enough not to snap off. Ours is aluminum tube with dowell inside that is strong enough; attach with U-bolts. Make sure tie downs are fast to rails; if they slide around the entire load is at risk. Cart is great for taking on firewood hunts; as I recall, areas around campsites rather bare. Be sure not to get too wide a load, as may not fit on boat from Fontana Ramp. If water level down, rather muddy to the trailhead. Watson

hw3
02-06-2006, 07:00 PM
Forgot to add: If buying a new cart, insure wheel hubs tight and packed properly. Take tools and grease, a tube of bike water-proof grease works well. Some friends of mine took a brand new one out, and we did trail-side repairs in the first half-mile. Also be careful not to overload downhill side of the axel if going around a slope. Please report on the state of the trail and bridges, as the last time I was there the main bridge was bent and the trail above rutted badly. Have heard it is all fixed, but not from anyone who has actually been there. As a simple country lawyer I know all about double hearsay. Cart allows all sorts of luxuries: I take a cot and a chair, as well as a big tent and more food than I can usually eat. However you get there, and with whatever you take, be prepared for a great trip. Nothing in the east beats Hazel Creek. Watson

Hardy Girl
02-06-2006, 08:48 PM
Whatever you do don't rent one from the marina. Ours fell apart half way up and we had to rig it. It was also hard to pull because the handle was so low. Next time we are going to buy the game cart and modify it a little. Good advice about the mud. When we were dropped off, the water was down and it was a long trip in the mud (thick & deep) to the trailhead. We had to carry things in shifts through the mud. Yuk!

Byron Begley
02-07-2006, 10:22 AM
Paula and I would take a cooler to Hazel Creek with a big chunk of dry ice and some ice trays. You can make your own ice cubes which come in handy when the cocktail hour arrives. This system will work for days if you don't open the cooler very often.

Byron :D

RFowler
02-09-2006, 02:59 PM
Chris,

Here's a link to another board where you can take a look at several carts. You'll have to join the forum to view it.

http://www.psychofisher.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1138937816/0

canyon65
02-09-2006, 04:20 PM
OH LORDY - a link to PSYCHOFISHER.COM on the LRO Forum! :o :o :o

RFowler
02-09-2006, 08:15 PM
OH LORDY - a link to PSYCHOFISHER.COM on the LRO Forum! *:o :o :o

Huh? :-?

canyon65
02-10-2006, 10:43 AM
All in fun RFowler, but most of us know psychofisher.com to be a little "edgy and confrontational". Not for everybody, and not much to do with actual fishing.

RFowler
02-10-2006, 03:05 PM
Well, pardon me, Canyon...just trying to help Chris out. *btw, Some of the best fishermen I know are members of that forum. *One more thing, atleast you can see them coming.

canyon65
02-10-2006, 07:50 PM
:-X Uhhhhh, nevermind... :-?

RFowler
02-10-2006, 08:05 PM
Uhhhhh, nevermind...

That's what you should have done the first time. ::) Feel free to send me a PM or email.

canyon65
02-10-2006, 08:24 PM
RFouler - you have mail!

RFowler
02-10-2006, 09:40 PM
Well, canyon, since you have blocked me from your PM list I'll just give you an answer here.

First of all, I didn't see Byron or Paula getting upset about me posting a link to the psychofisher forum. Yes, they can get a little crazy on that forum but that has nothing to do with it. I simply put a direct link to the post I thought Chris would find interesting. Seems Brad (psychofisher) and a few others just got back from a trip up Hazel Creek this past weekend. Well, he posted pictures and several of those pictures are of the carts they used. To me, they looked like something Chris would be interested in.

If anyone is offended by the link I put in my reply I'd be happy to remove it. But, I was under the impression that we are all adults here and can discern things for ourselves. And, I would hope that the members of this forum are of the intelligence to know LRO's has nothing to do with that post. They simply host this forum and don't necessarily agree with everything here.

ccmmcc
02-12-2006, 01:25 PM
Rfowler,

Thanks for the link to psychofisher.com. *The info on Hazel Creek hike was good but I didn't see the photos. *Can you tell me where they are or you can email me the link so we don't offend anyone.

Justatroutbum
02-12-2006, 07:15 PM
I enjoyed the videos as well as the pics.
Think I may try some downhill sans the skis. ;)

RFowler
02-12-2006, 07:25 PM
Troutbum,
Just make sure you take strong medicine with you if you try that :D. Chris, I sent you some pictures and links, bud. I hope they help you.

dblhaul
02-15-2006, 05:22 PM
Someone was using a avatar on Brad's site that should a cart with a busted axel, gear all over the place..It was hilarious.. ;D

canyon65
02-15-2006, 08:05 PM
Someone was using a avatar on Brad's site that should a cart with a busted axel, gear all over the place..It was hilarious.. ;D


Those wacky psychofishers and their zany but good-natured antics... the old busted axle trick... good to see you on here dblhaul - you can keep me outta trouble!

dblhaul
02-16-2006, 02:53 PM
Someone was using a avatar on Brad's site that should a cart with a busted axel, gear all over the place..It was hilarious.. ;D


Those wacky psychofishers and their zany but good-natured antics... the old busted axle trick... good to see you on here dblhaul - you can keep me outta trouble!

Your going to have to pay a retainer..Cash only..Keeping you out of trouble is a tall order. ;)... ::)...... :o...... ;D