The Crazy Chapmans
Jordan, Emily, Natalie, and Zachary

Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Buffalo River Camping

Wed ,04/05/2011

On March 11-12, Emily and I went camping by the Buffalo River in Arkansas.  We got there late in the day as usual on a weekend camping trip since we had to leave after I got back from work.  We camped at the Ozark campground which is by the Pruitt Ranger Station.  We had an awesome meal in the dark.  I made reuben sandwiches and then had creme brulee that Emily had made earlier in the day.  It was delicious.  We woke up in the morning and go to the ranger station when they opened.  We bought a few maps that are really good so we could find a few trails to hike on.  We ended up hiking to the Hemmed-in Hollow waterfall from the Compton Trailhead.  The trail was 5 miles round trip but it had almost a 1200 feet decline (and consequent incline) so it was a tough hike, especially for a pregnant wife :)  At the end of the hike, we headed home because I think we had to go to something that night.

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Roaring River State Park

Tue ,03/05/2011

Back on January 28-29th, Emily and I went camping to Roaring River State Park.  I had heard good things about it from coworkers and such.  It was nice weather, cold obviously, but otherwise good.  We got there the night of the 28th which was a Friday when it was dark.  We managed to find a campsite at the campground there and set up tent and fell asleep after eating a good dinner.  We brought a map with us I printed off online and we were going around to the different trails and came across a fish hatchery.  It was really awesome.  We thought it would be some sort of dinky thing but it was a lot of fun.  You can walk right up to the fish and feed them.  We couldn’t stay too long because there was some sort of church activity I think Emily had to go to.  But it was a fun trip.

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Backpacking Swan Creek with Mike Jan 2011

Fri ,11/03/2011

So Mike Armstrong and I had been planning a good backpacking trip for a couple of weeks.  I was going to take a half day off work so we could do some long backpacking trip.  However, I had a work meeting planned in the afternoon so I ended up not being able to take the half day so we just were going to go to Hercules Glade Wilderness Area instead.  Well, on the way to Hercules, I drove off the road and did some damage to my car (1000$ to be exact, which we’ll post on later).  So we drove all the way home, got Emily’s car, and we ended up going to Swan Creek Area instead since it’s closer.  We still had a lot of fun.  We ended up hiking 13.2 miles.  You can check out the trails we hiked on on my backpacking site, www.backpackingmissouri.com (although give me a bit to put it on there).  It was so cold at night but we stayed warm enough.  I’m glad we went despite the traumatizing car accident on the way :)

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Hercules Glade with the Armstrongs (Oct ’10)

Mon ,28/02/2011

It was a pretty Saturday the 16th of October in 2010.   Emily and I were going to go to Silver Dollar City but since it was a nice day and we wanted to get outside in nature, we called up the Armstrong’s to go hiking with us.  We went 4.7 miles which was pretty impressive for the kids to go that far.  Hercules is a fun place to go backpacking in; usually very isolated, in fact, I don’t remember seeing anyone else there.  And it’s not too far away either.  I think Bree must have gotten tired near the end (or somewhere in the middle) because Mike had to give her some piggyback rides.  It only took us just under 3 hours and since I had my trusty GPS, I have geotagged the pictures that we took (click on the one below) so you know where the trail is.  It was a good afternoon.

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Camping with the Kershaw’s

Wed ,22/09/2010

Ok, so as we are looking through things we haven’t posted on yet, I found that we haven’t written about our camping trip with the Kershaw’s.  I can’t believe it.  We went camping with them way back in May (21st to the 22nd).  That must have not been too long after they had gotten here to Missouri.  Sheesh, I was already hard at work at making them be our friends even back then!  :)

Well, we went car camping at the tower trailhead at Hercules Glade Wilderness area.  We had a lot of fun with them.  We brought lots of yummy food.  The weather was great and I think we all slept really well.  We lent them our sierra designs tent which I like a lot as a backpacking tent but Emily doesn’t like it too much because it’s hard to sit up in.  It was the first tent I had as a teenager.  Anyway, we just played some games with them at night.  The next morning, we did some hiking.  Melissa starting developing some rashes on her arms so the girls took the shorter loop back to the car while they were brave enough to let Jonathan and I do the longer route which ended up being ~10 miles.  We ran some of the time.  Anyway, we went along at a pretty good pace and got to the car just 30 minutes or so after the womenfolk got there.  We had a fun time with them.

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Ridge Runner with Jonathan

Mon ,20/09/2010

We’ve gotten so far behind on writing blog posts.  Expect a lot to come out the next couple of days.

We’ve written some about our new friends, the Kershaw’s, and the stuff we did with them while they were out in Missouri while Jonathan did an internship with Dairiconcepts.  One thing I did with Jonathan was we did a 20 mile backpacking trip on July 30th to the 31st.  Let’s just say that it was one of the hardest backpacking trips I’ve gone on; not necessarily just physically but mentally as well.  Let me explain.

We went on a trail called the Ridge Runner trail.  It goes from Noblett Lake to the North Fork Recreation Area (or vice versa).  The long Ozark trail joins the ridge runner trail for a few miles before going it’s own way.  The trail, we don’t think, is frequented by people very much.  It is very narrow with the forest growth literally surrounding you as you walked on most of the trail.  We hiked in poison ivy on a few sections of the trail.  Jonathan had rashes on his legs for at least a week after the hike.  We probably ran into 1500 spider webs that had been strategically placed by thousands of spiders to cause us mental anguish.  We were picking spiders out of our hair and flicking them off of us all the time.  Whoever was in front (and Jonathan was the good friend who probably took a larger than fair share of the time in front) had to wave the walking stick in front of them which helped alleviate the number of spider webs that were ran into.  It helped to a degree but really not much.  A few miles, or so we thought, before the end, we ran out of water.  Being a hot July day, that wasn’t such a good thing.  We drank way more water than we thought we would.  It’s funny because I’m one that always ends up with way too much water at the end of a hike, but not this time.  As it turned out, I had accidently reset my GPS trip data and so we were within a mile of the end.

When we reached our destination which was the North Fork Recreation Area, we quickly scurried (would have run if we weren’t sore) to a water pump in which we drank way too much and doused ourselves in the fresh water.  One other thing of note happened at night when we set up our tent.  We both had headlights.  Off to the side of our lights we noticed thousands of little lights on the forest ground.  We suspected, and turned out later that we were right, that there were thousands of spiders literally blanketing the forest floor.  I’m sure glad we actually had a tent instead of trying to be real men and sleep out underneath the stars or something.  We probably would have been eaten alive… ok, probably not really.  It was a hot and humid night but I think we both slept fairly well considering the circumstances.

After everything was said and done, it was a lot of fun and I’m glad Jonathan did it with me.  I think we both had a good experience proving to the trail that we overcame it (we yelled at the trail at the end to “step your game up!”, an inside joke that perhaps only Dairiconcepts workers would understand…).  Thanks Jonathan!

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Talbot Conservation Area

Fri ,21/05/2010

March 5th to 6th, we went to the Talbot Conservation area on the Spring River Nature Trail that is there.  We hiked the trail which was really pretty.  There were overlook areas to the river which were pretty.  After hiking, we camped in the conservation area’s camping area.  We were the only ones there.  We ended up forgetting our stove’s fuel so we couldn’t cook anything but fortunately we also brought Emily’s homemade crackers and cheeseball so we were fine.  We ended up sleeping in the car and probably didn’t get the best night’s sleep ever.  But it was a fun time.

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Elevation Profile

# Distance Time Movingtime Speed Max Speed Climb Up Climb Down
1 0.000 mi 0s 0s
2 1.000 mi 30m 08s 29m 19s 1.99 mph 6.29 mph 896 ft 712 ft
3 2.011 mi 1h 14m 08s 1h 12m 21s 1.63 mph 9.40 mph 1394 ft 1240 ft
4 2.081 mi 1h 16m 00s 1h 13m 50s 1.64 mph 9.40 mph 1503 ft 1362 ft
Summary 2.081 mi 1h 16m 00s 1h 13m 50s

Spring River Nature Trail

Busiek State Forest

Mon ,22/03/2010

On Feb 20, 2010, we went hiking in the Busiek State Forest. It is only about 15 minutes south of where we live. There are tons of loop trails that makes for a close source of fun hiking. We did the Red Loop this day.

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Elevation Profile

# Distance Time Movingtime Speed Max Speed Climb Up Climb Down
1 0.000 mi 0s 0s
2 1.002 mi 27m 32s 26m 53s 2.18 mph 5.25 mph 269 ft 318 ft
3 2.002 mi 59m 56s 59m 05s 2.00 mph 5.86 mph 666 ft 587 ft
4 3.004 mi 1h 29m 50s 1h 27m 52s 2.01 mph 7.04 mph 912 ft 896 ft
5 3.574 mi 1h 48m 26s 1h 46m 13s 1.98 mph 7.04 mph 1020 ft 1115 ft
Summary 3.574 mi 1h 48m 26s 1h 46m 13s

Busiek State Forest

Pee’s Holler Again

Fri ,22/01/2010

So, in order to redeem myself for the ill fated Christmas Eve trip, Jordan and I went hiking in New Year’s Eve. We got a comment on our smugmug gallery about a specific waterfall that we had been too before. The guy wanted to know the latitude and longitude of the waterfall. We hadn’t been back to Pee’s Holler since Jordan got his new GPS, so we decided to go back so we could tell the guy about it. It is also nice because Jordan wants to put things like that on his new website.

So we drove to Hercules Glade and started hiking. You’ll notice that pretty much ever picture with Jordan has him looking at his GPS and setting a waypoint.

I really like going to places during different seasons. The last time we hiked Pee’s Holler, it was late summer and the leaves were all still on the trees. This time we went and the trees were mostly bare. It felt like a totally different place. Anyway, we had fun hiking and came back home and spent New Year’s Eve with Heidi and Ryan.

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Elevation Profile

# Distance Time Movingtime Speed Max Speed Climb Up Climb Down
1 0.000 mi 0s 0s
2 1.006 mi 35m 41s 34m 59s 1.69 mph 5.02 mph 190 ft 482 ft
3 2.001 mi 1h 11m 13s 1h 09m 30s 1.69 mph 7.16 mph 486 ft 942 ft
4 3.002 mi 1h 47m 50s 1h 45m 22s 1.67 mph 7.16 mph 787 ft 1266 ft
5 4.006 mi 2h 12m 24s 2h 09m 33s 1.82 mph 7.16 mph 1053 ft 1444 ft
6 5.007 mi 2h 37m 15s 2h 33m 44s 1.91 mph 7.16 mph 1407 ft 1634 ft
7 6.000 mi 3h 07m 35s 3h 03m 31s 1.92 mph 7.62 mph 1765 ft 1847 ft
8 6.064 mi 3h 09m 24s 3h 05m 18s 1.92 mph 7.62 mph 1808 ft 1850 ft
Summary 6.064 mi 3h 09m 24s 3h 05m 18s

Pees Holler

Hiking McGarr Trail

Thu ,14/01/2010

The day after Christmas Emily and I went back to the Devil’s Backbone wilderness that we went on Christmas Eve. This time, we hiked the whole McGarr trail loop. It was so much fun (Emily probably didn’t think it was as much fun as I did but she still enjoyed it deep down, I’m sure). It wasn’t raining this time which was good. Part of the trail comes really close to the white fork river and you can actually go into it. There is a good spot to set up a tent by the river so it would make a fun backpacking trip in the summer because you can go swimming and stuff since the river is big enough. I tried to get her to go camping this trip but we decided to make it into a day hike (with the promise that we could hike Pees Holler in the Hercules Glade wilderness area, post to come). I’ll post a map soon enough so you can see where we went.

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Elevation Profile

# Distance Time Movingtime Speed Max Speed Climb Up Climb Down
1 0.000 mi 0s 0s
2 1.002 mi 24m 22s 24m 03s 2.47 mph 4.61 mph 781 ft 482 ft
3 2.001 mi 47m 42s 47m 20s 2.52 mph 5.09 mph 1001 ft 741 ft
4 3.005 mi 1h 14m 22s 1h 11m 33s 2.42 mph 10.46 mph 1332 ft 1299 ft
5 4.006 mi 1h 50m 42s 1h 46m 18s 2.17 mph 10.46 mph 1824 ft 1732 ft
6 5.003 mi 2h 29m 33s 2h 23m 48s 2.01 mph 10.46 mph 2185 ft 2087 ft
7 6.001 mi 2h 59m 40s 2h 53m 45s 2.00 mph 10.46 mph 2644 ft 2612 ft
8 7.007 mi 3h 23m 13s 3h 16m 35s 2.07 mph 10.46 mph 2966 ft 2828 ft
9 8.001 mi 3h 47m 34s 3h 40m 54s 2.11 mph 10.46 mph 3317 ft 3002 ft
10 9.004 mi 4h 11m 39s 4h 04m 55s 2.15 mph 10.46 mph 3596 ft 3235 ft
11 9.025 mi 4h 12m 46s 4h 06m 01s 2.14 mph 10.46 mph 3615 ft 3255 ft
Summary 9.025 mi 4h 12m 46s 4h 06m 01s

McGarr Trail Loop