Logo Late 2017 Explorations
Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area
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Copyright (2017)

Some more explorations in the Wilderness Area:

Dec 2017 - Images from a hike with Molly to check out a satellite image indication...


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This was the indication that piqued my curiosity...


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Tree gall


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Huge boulder
I had marked the coordinates for the satellite indication on my PC, but somehow neglected to add it to my phone GPS app.
I knew the approximate location, and as I gained elevation, I noticed some large boulders across a steep cove from a ridge.



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Folds in the rocks...


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Another boulder on the steep slope
But I didn't really think that these boulders were what I was seeing in the satellite view...



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Tree lichens


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Dried, but colorful, bracket fungi


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While looking down the cove, I noticed a huge boulder-ledge on the STEEP side of the far ridge.   Aha, THIS was the landform
in the satellite indication.   Climbing down, then up, I saw that the hole on the right side went back a ways into darkness.



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Cave-hole
With hibernation underway, but a warm day, I didn't look to see if there was a bear in there...



Boulders
Vague old logging road along ridge top...



Another late December 2017 exploration:
A climb up to Shooting Creek Bald on the High Cove Ridge, from the south


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A high elevation creek gorge


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Closer view of some frozen water.
This was a few days before the frigid temperatures that moved in with the New Year.



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Two of 8 or 9 rock mounds, plus a stone circle, in a stone pile complex of about 1/4 acre.
This high elevation site may or may not have Native American origins.
{The lighting was horrible (late afternoon sun through the trees) so I didn't take many photos here.   I need to return.}


Rock_Mound



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View south from Shooting Creek Bald


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View SW from Shooting Creek Bald.
Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest mountain, is visible to right of the tree near the center.



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Bracket Fungi



Misc. Explr. Index S. Nantahala Index
Hiawassee Index NE GA - NC Index