After reading Mac's post my wife and I decided to make our backpaking trip on Deep Creek and camp at #55. We set out across the mountain from Walland, Tn at about 5:30 a.m. on May 22. The drive was not bad and the scenery was nice. The road construction slowed us down some, however it was not a horrible delay.
We found our way through Bryson City and parked. We started up the mountain about 9:15 a.m. We knew the trip was about 7 miles and had heard the description that the trail went "up and down some hills".
Whomever described this hike as that needs to be beaten. For this fat man the extreme up and downs were killers.
We made it to CS#55 at about 2:00p.m. and set camp. I was not impressed with the trail or the site. I have nothing against the horseback campers but the trail was trashed and the camp site was not much better.
I was able to start fishing that afternoon and for the next couple of days did not do to bad. I used drys and nymphs fishing with duns and bead head zug bugs.
Several other fish were caught but I did not get enough photos. I caught the largest on Nymphs.
On the morning of the second day I told my wife I was surprised we had not seen bear sign so she took care of that ...
She also decided that she could make camp biscuits and gravy, and did a stellar job with what we had. No extra weight and a great start to the day.
So on Tuesday we began our hike out. At about the 2 mile mark I rolled my ankle. I heard a pop and a rip and knew that it was bad. I forced myself to walk out the last five miles with pack and all. When I got to the trail head I went straight for the water to soak my foot.
After a short drive we headed to the Leconte Emergency room in Sevierville.
The result of the trip was that I was told I backpacked out the 5 miles on a bimalleolar fracture (both sides of my ankle broken).
I am now out of service for the rest of the season, and most likely will have to have surgery when I return home.
I had purchased Korker Torrents for the trip and really did not care for the shoe at all. That is not the reason I hurt my ankle, I just did not think they were that good. I think their boots would be better.
Anyway this is our report. I was not that impressed with the trip for fishing. It was good, but not worth the hike in my opinion.