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BACKPACKING BUFORD MOUNTAIN

Beautiful fall colors with unseasonably warm weather.

Story by Brad Hill October 27th, 2014

Friday evening, October 24th, 2014, we camped at Bass Resort in Steelville, Missouri. The park campground was mostly empty except for a group of mountain bikers preparing for a race Saturday morning. This left us with the choice of several great campsites. We opted for a spot right on the water.

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Saturday morning

Breakfast and coffee over an open fire is the perfect way to kickoff our trip.

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After a short drive to Buford Mountain (about 8 miles outside of Ironton, Missouri) we were ready to start our hike.

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We began at approximately 900 feet above sea level and quickly hiked to 1700 feet. Uphill with a fully loaded pack will quickly show if your boots need to be adjusted. That is what is happening here. A little moleskin and duct-tape to stay off blisters and hot spots.

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Camaraderie and goofiness seem to go hand-in-hand when this group gets together. Matt crouched down to pose for a photo with Annie, his dog. But the combination of a less then sure footing and the weight of his pack took him all the way to the ground. He didn’t even skip a beat in turning the incident into a pterodactyl-like attack. Laughter is always not far during our adventures.

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This is the peak of bald knob on Buford Mountain. Not a bad view.

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Time to set up camp for the evening.

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SUNSET

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It was a beautiful sunset and we had the best seats.

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SUNDAY MORNING

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Footnote: Shot on a Canon 5D Mark III
Buford Mountain