This will be a strenuous, self-sufficient trip. You will be required to pack everything you'd need for the duration of the trip. Discussion about items that could be shared along the way, to minimize redundancy, will be encouraged.
Recent long distance (10 mile +) hiking experience is necessary to be able to complete this trail.
We'd start in Morgan Monroe and head east/southeast; ending at the southern part of Yellowwood State Forest, almost to the Hoosier National Forest boundry.
The two sources I referenced indicated it's between 41.5 and 42.5 miles, with a total hike of approx. 43.3 miles by the time we made it to the end and backtracked 1.8 miles back to a vehicle(s) upon completion.
The average distance of travel would be approx. 10.8 miles. The shortest day would be approx. 8 miles; the longest day would be approx. 12.6 miles.
This will require spending 3 nights on the trail.
I set the date for this to start on a Thursday. It's feasible to start at the end of the workday and still get in the mileage we need to finish on Sunday. If none in the group have a Thursday work conflict, we'd start early to mid-day on Thursday, March 20th, 2014.
On any club related trip, including Meetup outings, please be prepared to sign the club waiver (release of liability) and provide emergency contact information. The information would be use to make contact with someone, on your behalf, should an unexpected emergency arise while enjoying a club activity.
For those of you that might be a member of The Central Indiana Wilderness Club through Meetup.com, but not a paying member of the club, you might find it interesting to also visit www.ciwclub.org. There, you’ll find details pertaining to the formal club, past trips, future club trips and member discounts on club trips.
You DO NOT have to be a member to go on a club trip.
Benefits of being a club member go beyond just the cost of the trip. Members enjoy a quarterly newsletter, early notice of trips, seasonal “socials” and the benefit of being involved in one of Indiana’s longest-established, formal non-profit clubs for the enjoyment of all things “outdoors”.