Getting Buck Wild ... In nature anyway

Camp Area: Elizabeth Furnace Campground, VA

Time: Friday March 29th to Sunday March 31st.

Camping: Campside Style

Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate

 

Carpool Sheet

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Camping Update 3

March 25, 2013

Alright everyone, the day is upon us soon!

Are you prepared yet?

If you are unsure if you're ready, please ask me or post below.

 

Directions:

The Park: Elizabeth Furnace State Park Campground Area.


♦ From the beltway, head into Northern Virgina going west on I-495.

♦ Find I-66 and go west for about 60 miles.

♦ Exit on to US-340 Winchester Road South/West (exit 6)

♦ Go across the bridge (it's a short distance) and turn right at West Strasburg Road (Route 55).

♦ Take this road for about 5 miles.

♦ Turn left at Fort Valley Road and proceed for about 5 miles. The camp site will be on your left.

 


It's along Fort Valley Road. If you leave the tree canopy along Fort Valley Road and come to a very wide open clearing, you've gone too far from the site.


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Frost Advisory: Temperatures will be hovering in the mid 30s for overnight lows. Camping is doable in this weather, but please be prepared.

Day time temps will be mid 50s to mid 60s.

A jacket will be your best friend at night. Unless you want to use your friend, that's cool too, just make sure your friend is also cool with it.

Bring gloves if you have them.  Wear socks at night.

Also I recommend some hand warmers, you'll love these on a cold night.

 

Plans:

This is a two day two night event.

Not everyone has to come at once! There are options.

If you can only come Friday night for the star party and have to leave right away, that's cool.

If you can't show up Friday and can only come Saturday, that's cool too!

If you only want to show up to hike with us for Saturday and don't want to camp, you can do that as well!

We'll welcome all visitors both days.

I'd like to keep track of who's coming and going though so we don't lose anyone.  I really don't want anyone getting lost trying to get to the place or getting lost in the woods. You shouldn't get lost getting here though since there's only one main road in and out of the valley.

Friday

I was planning on heading out to the site by 11 and get there by 1PM.

We can meet there, the site shouldn't be hard to miss. It will be the second camping entrance. The first one is for group sites. the second one will be on the left and for tent pads. This is a first come first serve site, but for this time of year, we shouldn't have trouble finding spots.

We'll set up the tents as we get to the site.  If you need help, I'll be happy to help show you how to set up a tent.

Daylight will last until 7PM

Stargazing portion: OPTIONAL

If you want to join Seeker's star party, we'll head out in carpools around 6:30PM. Seeker and I are joining the trips since they're both out door themed and he's pretty close by (about half an hour). This will also be his last weekend with us for a while so I thought to make it count by staging this as a sort of farewell for him as well.

Those who wish to stay at the campsite may.

After our star party, for those who wish to return to the camping site, we will return around midnight. You can stay at his house, but he will be outdoors all night and he will come to our site in the morning.


Saturday

With base camp set up, we'll spend most of the day milling around the campsite. For those that want to go hiking, we'll begin around 10:00AM.

The trail map is located here if you haven't already seen it. We're at the right end of the Purple line (Mudhole Gap Trail).

If you decide to come hiking with us, please have some light provisions on hand.  We'll probably eat lunch while on the hike, so bring whatever snacks you wish to eat for the day.

We'll try to return to the campsite by 4PM give or take an hour.

At night we'll make sure whoever isn't set up with a tent yet (for new arrivals) is set up. 

We'll get the wood going and stories roaring.

 

Sunday

Sunday I plan to have everything packed up and ready to leave by 10:00AM.

If you're comfortable with the camp area, you're welcome to stay longer however, I have plans that afternoon with family for Easter so I really can't stay much longer than that.

 

Camping Update 2

 

Okay, slight change of plans.

We will now be camping in Virginia at the Elizabeth Furnace State Park.

My Reasons

1-Campsite can accommodate our larger numbers.

2-Easier for us to park near our campsite allowing us to carry more food and gear.

3-I've invited Tavi and his Star Party to join our ranks because this will be his last weekend with us for a while and this location would be more convenient for him to get to.

4-This park is pretty awesome.

 

I apologize if this move inconveniences anyone.

The Park

It's pretty nice.  Base camp is located right in the valley and there are trails galore that climb these steep old mountains. It's the best of all worlds, we can set up camp near our cars and spend the rest of the day hiking great mountain trails!

I'll discuss how we're going to meet in a day or two once I get one or two more answers from the Park Ranger.

Size Logistics / Costs

Since we have a lot more people than I anticipated, I wanted to pick an area somewhat more familiar for mobility and could easily handle our numbers.  This state forest can accommodate 25 people on their group campground if we so desire.

There are smaller campgrounds on the hill to choose from, however they're limited to 6 people per site I believe.  We can split us up 3 ways, but each pad costs $10 a night. (We would have had to pay similar fees in PA).

If we do a unified group camp, we can only reserve on Saturday Night.  (Friday was already booked).  It's $40, but split among us, that's about $2 a person.

I want to confirm something with the Park Ranger once more, I'll get back with details of the costs later, but I guarantee no one here will be expected to pay amounts more than $5 out of pocket. (Getting your own essential supplies is going to be up to you though)

Provisions and Supplies

Here is my masterlist. Go ahead and help flesh it out too! [Click]

Please fill out the appropriate sections if you are willing to share.

Feel free to add any new items to the list.

Below are some essentials that we should all carry with us to the trip (also included in masterlist):

FOR TRAVELING

Light breathable clothing for travel.
Thick, sturdy shoes. NO FLIP FLOPS OR HIGH HEALS
Emergency change of light clothing (underwear/socks)
Emergency Edilbe Boots

Light backpack with some provisions

Travel Provisions:

1 or 2 bottles of water
Light Dry Snacks (Granola Bars, Fruit Roll ups, etc.)
Matches
Map (Click)
Repellent
Personal Medication (if you need it)

FOR SLEEPING

Warm, thick sleeping clothes
Sleeping Bag Flash Light (check it's batteries)
Warm Socks
Optional: Pillow
Optional: Lantern


Prep for these items should begin now. Simply make sure you have them so you don't have to worry about where/how you're going to sleep!

If you don't have any of these items, go ahead and talk to me about it, I can coordinate something with you, no probs.

 

Swftkat

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Let's go Camping!

---Introduction


It's camping. With you guys. Let's do it!

I've been gauging opinion's from fellow bronies for a while and there is a unanimous YES to this idea that we should all go camping. I for one would be happy to get out there with you all.

The pace of the journey is dependent on the crowd. The larger the group, the more likely it is we'll probably want to just do a simple campside thing. This would be a laid back option where little camping experience is required as, ideally, we'll park next to our campsite and have our supplies at our disposal from our cars.

If we have a smaller and more experienced group, we can go for longer treks and do some deepwoods/primitive style camping. If this is your first time, I warn this is not for the faint of heart. You will be carrying all your supplies and belongings with you (20-50lbs) for several miles at a time (don't worry, we'll stop and rest) and you need to prepare well in advance. That said, we're more than ready to help you with whatever you need.

If we get planning early enough, we can designate supplies (ie one person holds food, one holds equipment, one holds the weather gear, etc.) This distribution I found makes carrying the load easier since we don't have to get all fancy about packing.

Once we get settled, I'm open for doing short day hikes with a lighter load. We could do this no matter the size of our group.

I haven't settled on the campground yet, but Dolly Sods (WV) is a favorite and I'm also looking at Green Ridge State Park (MD). My friend recommended Lost River. I may even get him to tag along for this.

For this particular camping trip in the Spring I would recommend some of the more experienced campers since things will still be thawing and the nights will be cold. Those not used to the elements may have a harder time adjusting.

However if you do have reservations and you wanted to take an easier trip outdoors, I was planning for another camping trip in mid to late summer. I'd highly recommend many more to join that one since the weather is warmer, we can stay up later and it's much easier to coordinate then.

Just let me know how you feel about a spring camping trip and I'll get something more solid together.

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  • TruckerPony

    damn i reget not getting in that group photo.

    April 1, 2013

    • JenniSue

      Told ya - next time I'll tale the group photo! Can we Photoshop you in??

      April 1, 2013

    • TruckerPony

      sure you can

      April 1, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    very nice park. good friends and crazy campfire stories.

    April 1, 2013

  • Prism

    I heard there was a huge collision in Virginia around 1pm today....
    I really do hope that nopony from the meetup was caught in that.

    March 31, 2013

  • JenniSue

    Couldn't RSVP, so I'll just let you know that Randy and I plan to join everyone for the Saturday hike. We will be as close to 10:00 as possible!

    1 · March 29, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      We'd love to have you! My number is[masked] if you need me though reception is dicey out here

      March 30, 2013

  • Speed F.

    got some bottled water, a portable 5 gallon jug we can fill at the camp site, some snacks and trail mix. I found pony fruit snacks.

    1 · March 29, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      We'll canabalize those suckers

      March 29, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    just hit Walmart got sleeping bag. flashlight chair. case of water.

    1 · March 29, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Awesome! those will definitely be useful.

      March 29, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    noticed there is a walmart superstore nearby so if were missing anything we can always make a run

    2 · March 28, 2013

    • Prism

      THAT WILL MAKE FOR SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!

      March 29, 2013

  • Ganey

    Hmmm... nerf or airsoft anyone?

    2 · March 28, 2013

  • Ganey

    So would anyone be able to give old uncle Ganey a ride to this?

    March 28, 2013

    • TekFaux

      Give me a call, we could figure it out[masked]

      March 28, 2013

    • Ganey

      Thanks bro

      March 28, 2013

  • Ariel "Tricks" P.

    I'm still in need of a ride. :( Is anyone able to pick me up in Woodbridge, VA or perhaps Springfield, VA?

    March 28, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      I can swing by

      March 28, 2013

    • Ariel "Tricks" P.

      Thanks!!! Can I get your number then? That way I can send you my address.

      March 28, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    well updated ride sheet. have appointment around 11am then hope to be rolling before rush hour traffic gets going

    March 28, 2013

  • Spicermedic

    Sorry guys, I've got too much going on this weekend so can't make the trip now :(

    If I can make things fit this weekend I might come down for a visit.

    Have fun, and stay warm!!!

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • TruckerPony

      noooooo

      March 28, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Understood, though since it is running 2days and nearby you're more than welcome to drop by to say hi!

      March 28, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    looks like I can go are the 2 guys in Columbia still looking for a ride?

    March 28, 2013

    • Speed F.

      Yes, I am.

      March 28, 2013

    • TruckerPony

      ok will talk to you when I get home later

      March 28, 2013

  • Speed F.

    I'll be bringing a nice 4 person dome tent.

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • David

    Hi guys, I read your group's latest write-up on EQD, and thought it sounded like a lot of fun! Looking forward to meeting you all Friday

    March 27, 2013

    • Prism

      There's a thing on EQD for this?!

      March 27, 2013

    • David

      Not for this event specifically, but for the big Brony Shoot thing last weekend. Looked awesome!

      March 28, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    So I've got a whole bunch of logistical messes going on the next few days, two job interviews tomorrow, selling some stuff, shipping things out, etc, so I apologize if I missed something. And with that comes the fact that I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it, what days I'll be able to make it, or what time I'll be able to leave on those days. So anyway:

    On the share list, is "#Occupants" the amount they /can/ accommodate, or is that the number of people that are already planning to sleep in that tent? It seems like a "Capacity" and "# Of Occupants" column would be more clear.

    I can get everything else that I need, and even provide some stuff for the group, but a tent is pretty much out of my reach unless by some miracle I find one in the attack, so I'd just feel safer knowing for sure if I'd have a spot to sleep for the night. Just that if I'm driving two hours I want to be sure I've come up with a solid plan.

    March 26, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Yeah, I was making occupancy synonymous with capacity. Among us right now we can have 14 people with room to share with 11 others (not including myself, Max or Tom. I do have one spare tent but I'm already letting Darkpony and Hero share that.

      March 26, 2013

    • Thomas S.

      Not gonna be able to make this one, anyway. Got a lot going on this weekend all of a sudden.

      March 27, 2013

  • Scott F (.

    Family Emergency came up, so I have to head back to Richmond this weekend. =(

    Hope y'all have a great time and I'll be sure to make Dolly Sods.

    March 27, 2013

  • TekFaux

    So, some other things have come up with my weekend, and now it's filled with "if's" so I removed my things from the rideshare and tent share for prudence...

    Anyway, I might only be able to make Friday night.. and in that case are there two separate locations involved here? "If you want to join Seeker's star party, we'll head out in carpools around 6:30PM. ~ for those who wish to return to the camping site, we will return around midnight."

    If I can only make friday night it might be roundabout to go to the campsite at all if this is two different places, but the star party also lists the campsite as the place... so...

    March 26, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      The reason we're doing it via carpool now is to alleviate the parking situation at Steven's house. He says he can probably fit at most 5 cars in his driveway. Any more spills out on to the main road.

      March 26, 2013

    • TekFaux

      I see, I see.

      March 26, 2013

  • Prism

    Okay, this is a super sexy idea. I am totally interested.
    First though, I need to know two things:
    • Is there still room for somepony else?
    • Is anypony able and willing to drive by Howard County anywhere to grant me ride bumming privileges?

    March 20, 2013

    • Prism

      This would be Columbia MD.

      March 22, 2013

    • Prism

      Any info on willing drivers?

      March 26, 2013

  • Dillon J. B.

    7:00 am is the time to be at the park?

    March 25, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Changed, expect to go midday Friday. We don't want to get caught in rush hour traffic heading out there.

      1 · March 26, 2013

    • Prism

      Good idea.

      March 26, 2013

  • TekFaux

    So wait, is this Friday night or Saturday night? Or..both? The header indicates Friday night (Friday to Saturday) but the update indicates Saturday night ("Friday was already booked")... sooo...?

    March 25, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Updated! It's both days if you want it to be or one night if you can only do one. I'm flexible.

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    are the miles of hike to camp still going to happen with the new location?

    March 25, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Hiking is optional

      March 25, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Oh I read this wrong from my phone. We'll be able to park right next to our camp site. No heavy hiking needed. Bring what you need in your car with you and we can set up near by. We'll do some day hiking for those that wish to join us.

      March 26, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    I should know by tomorrow if I am going. I may be able to help those looking for rides too. since I'm in Baltimore

    March 26, 2013

  • Swftkat (Andrew) changed the time from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    March 26, 2013

  • Christian H.

    Superseding the no ride thing for me, I was just called in to work that day. Fun! One of these days I will go to one of these, damn it! OOONE OF THEEESE DAAAAAAYS!

    March 25, 2013

    • Prism

      Keep your eyes hopeful, bro!
      The day will come!

      March 25, 2013

  • Swftkat (.

    If you need a ride, please fill in the ride share/carpool sheet. Please please please please please. I want to make sure you all can get there, I just need to work logistics with your info first.

    March 21, 2013

  • Swftkat (.

    Expect an update when I get home. Sorry for the radio silence, I was away all weekend.

    3 · March 25, 2013

  • Christian H.

    Man I'd totally love to go to this, but I live out of the way in friggin' Cockeysville and the guy who's typically fine driving me to weird places out of the blue can't do that anymore (his car broke :c) but if somebody's willing to be extra awesome and give this poor man who's never been to one of these and for whatever reason doesn't have a license a ride I could share whatever camping supplies I have. I typically go camping at least once a month so I have a lot of supplies.

    March 21, 2013

  • Ariel "Tricks" P.

    I don't have a sleeping bag and will need to share a tent with somepony. :( May I stay in somepony's tent and is it possible I can borrow a sleeping bag as well? I'll try and bring extra foods and stuffs.

    And is there room available for me to ride with somepony?

    March 20, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      They're not too bad, usually $15-20 at Target or Walmart.

      March 21, 2013

    • Spicermedic

      If you want a good (real) one it will cost about $150 :)

      March 21, 2013

  • Max S.

    The map wasn't working, so I think I fixed it. Is it right?
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Washington+Naitonal+Forest,+Strasburg,+VA

    March 20, 2013

  • Dillon J. B.

    Any news on car pooling?

    March 19, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      I added a spreadsheet, but I have some rendezvous points to make some things easier.

      March 20, 2013

  • March 20, 2013

  • DarkPony

    theres a high probability that i am coming to this but me and andrew need to have a chat and see what im gonna need for supplies.

    March 18, 2013

  • Chris

    Unfortunately, it turns out I won't be able to make it. I was really looking forward to this meetup. I haven't been camping in years, but my grandmother, who lives in Alabama, is dying and my family is going down to visit with her. This, sadly, takes priority for me, but have fun for me!

    March 14, 2013

  • Swftkat (.

    Sorry for lack of updates, con business has been top priority. After that I'll be sure to help get you all organized.

    March 3, 2013

  • Scott F (.

    I love backpacking. It would be great to get a carpool organized as the date approaches.

    February 6, 2013

  • Max S.

    So are we actually expected to get to Michaux at 7:00 in the morning Friday?

    February 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hope not! I won't get off work till 1600 that day.

      February 4, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      We wouldn't meet up at 7:00AM at the park, oh no, that's merely a place holder. However, I was still hoping we could do a two night stay, get there Friday pitch tents and then scout the area Saturday spend one more night and wrap it up Sunday. Only one night makes it go really really quick. I can set a waypoint so we can all meet up around here before hand (like a store parkinglot in Gaithersburg) and go over our gear to make sure we're not forgetting anything and then we could head up in a caravan together so we don't get lost.

      February 4, 2013

  • Andrew

    Also, will there be people willing/able to help rideshare there? I'm what we call a nondriver, but still will want to be there.

    January 16, 2013

    • Spicermedic

      I should be able to give you a lift. I'll connect with you when time gets closer.

      January 16, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Same here. I'll put that together.

      January 31, 2013

  • Drax

    Man I love camping. Working on tech for a living creates a need to get away from it and enjoy some nature from time to time. However, I am getting too old for cold weather camping. Maybe if we do another of these in the warmer months, I'll be down. I'll bring Rarity, err.. I mean Marshmallows. Otherwise, see you all at Bronycon!

    January 17, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Actually Spicer is doing another of these in late May. It should definitely be much toastier for that one. I'd highly recommend coming to that if you can't make this!

      January 31, 2013

  • Ariel "Tricks" P.

    *facehoofs* So I totally don't have a tent! >.< I might be able to afford one my March, but if anypony is willing to share a tent with me... ^^"

    January 21, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Don't worry, we'll have room. I think we may need to work out a sleeping arrangement for those willing to share tent space.

      January 31, 2013

  • Christian H.

    If I'm able to attend, I have a giant 6 person tent that my parents never use I could probably bring along. The bought it, like, four years ago and haven't used it once.

    1 · January 21, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Could be useful. Just remember, we'll potentially need to carry it so make sure you don't mind having it on your back for a mile or two. The alternative is to do a single base camp and do day hikes from there so we don't have to be all weighted down. I'll let you know how this works when I finish the trail itinerary.

      January 31, 2013

  • Ariel "Tricks" P.

    This will be my second camping experience honestly. Do you think it'll be a problem?

    Last time was late fall anyway and we slept outside in the cold before as well so I'm not worried about that. And I'm absolutely thrilled about the hike.

    How many days do you think we'll be out? Thats right around spring break and the earlier I request it off the better.

    January 25, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      If you did a fall trip, you'll totally be fine. When I started camping I got straight into the rough of it. You just work your way up with more experienced campers and learn the tricks of the trade. One camping experience is usually enough to get you familiar with all the basics. I'm planning on a 3 day trip.

      January 31, 2013

  • Swftkat (Andrew) changed the date and time from Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM to Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    January 31, 2013

  • Swftkat (Andrew) changed the location to Michaux State Forest

    January 31, 2013

  • Andrew

    Sadly short on equipment, but I bring 20+ years of experience to spending time out-of-doors.

    1 · January 10, 2013

    • Andrew

      @Swiftkat, can you confirm your ability to offer me tent space? I'd like to know for certain what things I actually need to acquire before the trip

      January 21, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      Absolutely! I still need to work out a prelim list on recommendations for what people need to bring.

      January 22, 2013

  • Jenna "Spring H.

    Awww. I was hoping to attend my first event with you guys. But I'm going to be out of town from March 20th til April 8th. =(

    January 17, 2013

  • Christian H.

    I haven't really met up with you guys at all (in fact to be honest I've only to one of the Otakon meetups), but a camp out sounds awesome. I'm an assistant scout master thing right now, which means I go camping a lot, but a camp out with some bronies is instantly 20% cooler.

    2 · January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    duh

    January 17, 2013

  • Angela

    For the “beginner” option: would a leashed, (mostly) well-behaved dog be allowed? She sleeps fine in a tent but can be a bit hyper around other dogs.

    1 · January 14, 2013

    • Swftkat (.

      It depends on the park honestly, but in most cases, she's definitely welcome. I certainly don't mind having dogs along, camping with dogs is fun! If my sister comes she'll bring her beagle too. When we settle on the park I'll let everyone know about the dog policy.

      1 · January 16, 2013

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