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Old 02-09-2008, 03:54 PM
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Default The most stupid decision I've done in about 14 years

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I just have to share this story which is funny now but was close to becoming a real nightmare. I met up with my fishing buddy Neal today and we decided to do a hike thru a section of park land where there's no maintained trail. I began my morning with a Banana Nut muffin and a coffee. We managed to get ready for the hike and I immediately felt the effects of one too many muffins. This is also my first fishing trip this year although I've done some hiking this winter.

Anyway, I couldn't do the hill as fast and efficient as my friend. I'm just not in the shape as should be. I looked to the left and noticed a pathway where some fishermen had gone before me. I thought I was going to be a real smarty pant and beat Neal by going where it looked easy instead of crossing the ridge. It went alright for the first twenty minutes or so. I don't really know how this happened but all of a sudden I couldn't find any kind of path or any way back out of there. The ridge was literally straight up and I was tumbling fast. I fell twice and ripped my arm and blood was coming, thirst was setting in and I started to pray to the good Lord above that my Vertigo wouldn't start. Neal was hollering on top of the ridge, come up this way. I told him there's just no way without climbing gear. It's straight up the hill and leaves like a water slide. My feet was hurting, my arm twisted in directions I didn't even know it could. I spotted a gentleman in a canoe who kindly told me you just can't get there from here. LOL. I decided to go back the way I came. The only problem was my shoes was not holding up and it was twice as hard to get back since I was now getting tired.

I got back to my truck exhausted and Neal was gone. I figure he would try to go for help and I waited about twenty minutes. I then decide to drive home to see if I spotted him on the road. Neal had turned around after not finding anyone who could help him and we just missed each other with a few minutes. Anyway, when he got back he noticed my truck was gone so he knew I was out of there.

Moral of the story:

1. Never take a shortcut you are not familiar with.
2. Don't eat too many muffins and get some exercise.
3. Wear proper footwear for the terrain you are in. Not 14 year old worn out hiking boots.
4. Always stay with your party.
5. If you get separated have a back up way of communicating with each other.

I can laugh about this now, but it was a close call today. I knew better and I have never done an error in the Smokies like that before. My wife is going to send me to the dog house for awhile now. In the end everything came out alright. I only managed to screw up my friends fishing day, which I'm sure I'm going to have to live with for a while. Lol.
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:39 PM
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where the heck were you?
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:42 PM
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Glad you made it back OK, Hans. We'd hate to lose you.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:11 PM
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Where you down near the mouth of Abrams/Panther chasing trout running up from the lake?
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:12 PM
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I think I was there this past week... Glad you made it out ok...
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:19 PM
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Let me put it this way, I was vertically hanging from a hill or as a flatlander from southern sweden would call it a "mountain".

I was only 300 yards from my buddy but couldn't reach him.

I was observing the mouth of Panther.

I will make it another time, but this time I will follow my friends advice on staying on top of the hill.

At least I can laugh at myself.

I'll be back as they say.
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i thought that was it! once you get over the ridge, it's not too bad.........i've been hunting a single/double grave on panther as far as the falls without finding it for 5 years. even the park doesn't have gps for it....i'll find it someday.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:26 AM
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PA, I read your blog post. It was very entertaining, and I think everyone here would enjoy reading it, if you haven't yet. It reminded me so much of an incident I've had on Bald River. You can really tell from a story like that just how crazy some of us are.
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