This will be an Intermediate to Advanced level trip to Charles Deam Wilderness just south of Bloomington Indiana.
Friday: Drive down (after work) and do around 3 miles of night hiking into a campsite.
Saturday: Hike approximately 10 miles to our Saturday night site.
Sunday: Hike approximately 6 miles back to the cars, stop in Bloomington for lunch and head home.
It is very important to understand that winter camping involves serious risks and requires special gear. This trip is open to anyone who has completed a bootcamp or has significant prior backpacking experience; especially in cold weather. Average lows for this area in the first week of December are below freezing. You should be very comfortable with your skills and your ability to hike. Attendance is at the discretion of the organizers. Also, please note that this trip might have to be canceled at the last minute if weather and/or road conditions become hazardous.
Another note of caution: Saturday, December 7th is the start of muzzleloading deer season in Indiana. While not as dangerous as the shotgun season, all participants will be required to have and wear at least one major article of clothing that is blaze orange (do not wear white).
◦ We practice Leave No Trace and expect that everyone attending is also committed to these principles. http://lnt.org/
◦ This is an intermediate to advanced trip due to the rugged terrain, short daylight hours, and potential for cold weather.
◦ No add-ons. If your friend wants to attend, please ask him/her to sign up for the meetup site and join the trip through normal procedures.
◦ No pets, children, or other dependents.
Organizers will make the car pool arrangements, within reason, so that everyone may attend. They will plan the route of the trip, coordinate any needed logistics, and facilitate any details of the trip related to requirements of the park location. Details on carpool arrangements, directions and contact information will be determined about a week before the trip. Cost is $5.00 per person payable at the time of sign up.