I like the hallucination reference, I agree. This was such an incredible weekend. In hindsight, I think I liked cowboy camping the best! It was a fantastic group and very well planned, thank you Michael! I hope to see all of you out again soon! Today we can still eat as much as we want right?! I know one more McDonald's I can try for a Shamrock Shake :) Cheers Everyone!!
0 · March 25
A quick note on the water situation. Thursday night, we'll be camping at the Little Crease Shelter, which has water, and Friday, as we near the southern end of the trail, there are a number of reliable sources. We may end up camping by one of them. Saturday morning, we'll need to start tanked up, as the western half of the trail is quite dry. Hopefully, the unreliable sources will have water in them (the mountains shouldn't be that dry now); if they do not, we will detour to the reliable spring at Edinburg Gap and tank up there. That should get us through to Passage Creek on Sunday. So Saturday will definitely be the water crux for the trip. Since several of us walked Assateague (28 miles in about 24 hours) with 4-5L, I think that capacity is about right. Please adjust based on your own understanding of your water needs.
0 · March 20
We'll be keeping our eyes on the weather the next few days, but right now it looks fairly good, if cool. There could be a little snow underfoot.
Brian, Shelby, Dan, and Holger ... You guys all need rides to the trailhead?
0 · March 17
So after the gear swap yesterday, I decided to explore the food component, as I always have some left at the end of the trail. I know that each person has their own individual requirements, but my initial spreadsheet has me carrying 5 pounds of food (2900/2900/1700 for a total of 7500 calories) for Fri/Sat/Sun. Does that seem reasonable? High/Low? I figure that a big meal before hitting the trail will eliminate the necessity of eating too much on Thurs, and the reward of a pub on Sunday should also mitigate my needs somewhat. It's not like I can't hike hungry, but food on the trail does make me happy :).
0 · March 17
Just an FYI that I'm mulling over doing this CW. The splits line up a little more evenly (8.8-19.5-21.5-21.3). We'd be walking a bit later on Thursday night, but the moon is fairly bright. Might be pleasant. Also, we'd have the Signal Knob views in the daylight. Thoughts? http://files.meetup.com/1502009...
0 · March 13
@ Anyone who's paying attention. Yes, I'm granting exceptions to Travis and Shelby, two members who've not yet had a chance to do a 20-mile day with us. Shelby is an Ironman triathlete, and Travis is a sub-3h marathoner. I've hiked and backpacked with both. :) They're both up to the challenge.
0 · March 12
Hey everyone, since people are asking, here is how I'm thinking we'll do this loop.
Thursday night, we'll walk in from the Signal Knob parking lot about 5.7 miles and camp at the intersection of the Tuscarora Trail, where there should be water. The next morning, we'll have out biggest day, walking south to where the trail passes Edinburgh Gap Road, which is mile 29.7. We'll cram our tents into the available spots. Saturday we'll walk until about 50.2 where there is a flat ridge line we can camp along. Sunday, we'll hike the remaining miles to the cars.
So, the splits should look like 5.7-24-20.5-20.9. We'll be camping dry Friday and Saturday nights, so you'll definitely need plenty of capacity (4-5 liters). However, I do not believe the March water situation should be too desperate (we should be able to fill up a few miles before camp). I'll be able to scout a few things the weekend of 3/15-3/17, so I'll know more then.
0 · February 28
But, Max, you could do 3/21-3/24, Thursday night-Sunday night? Carrie, if you could, please try to get that Friday off. If we could do the trip with the Friday off, then I think everyone could go--that would be my preference. If it's a problem, we'll have to re-evaluate. I did start this trip with those dates to be friendly to teachers' spring breaks. We won't change weekends (I'll be doing another trip the following weekend, anyway.)
0 · December 17
I think the following weekend is tougher with Easter on the 31st this year. I might still be able to do it either way, but think the first weekend is easier overall. Also, I was looking at Evan's old trail guide for the clockwise circuit; it seems that 15 miles between reliable water refills is the norm rather than the exception. Does this sound off to you?
0 · December 17