Backpacking The Italian Springs Trail To Manning Camp   1 comment

Yesterday was my good friend Tom’s 80th birthday. The celebration will have to come later because of the pandemic.
In June, after completing this hike in April, Tom was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. Today, eight years later and a lot of chemotherapy, Tom remains in remission. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

With all my outdoor experiences — hiking, river canoeing/rafting, and camping, none involved backpacking. So, when one of my hiking buddies, Tom Markey,  asked if I would be interested in backpacking from Redington Pass to Manning Camp via the Italian Springs Trail, I jump at the possibility. I learned later that this is a hike Tom had talked about for ten years — guess we finally found someone willing to take it on with him — another crazy guy!

Although the road through Redington Pass is a very passable gravel road, Markey was hoping that our mutual friend, Tom truck would be able to take us down a deeply rutted cattle road in his truck, shortening the fifteen-mile hike to Manning Camp by three miles. As it turned out, the truck was not high enough to chance the old cattle road. So, strapping on our thirty-pound backpacks, we set…

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Posted May 30, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

One response to “Backpacking The Italian Springs Trail To Manning Camp

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  1. Impressive, very! See many butterflies? What large animals did you meet? Will this all be there for our grandchildren? Again, impressive.


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