Sioux Hustler Trail - Survey Trip

Sioux Hustler Trail (SxHT)... about 30 miles long, rerouted several times for good and not so good reasons - saved in 1992 by volunteers who spoke up and a receptive district ranger.  Twenty five years later, the SxHT is the only surviving long distance trail in the BWCAW that has been largely untouched by forest fires and massive blowdowns.  It remains a pristine rendition of BWCAW hiking trails 30 years ago.  Here you will walk through stands of 200 year (or more, but who is counting?) old white and red pine, oak stands you will seldom see elsewhere, and more exposed rock bed than anywhere else except for the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail in Ontario.  With limited vacation time, the candidates will attempt to circumnavigate the SxHT loop in three days.   That will require some night time travel,... but not to worry, thanks to exempt electronic devices.  Experience on the Pow Wow Trail has taught us to ask the question, "Would you go on this trip if you knew you might not come out?"  I can't promise it will be that kind of an adventure, but I am running out of people who think that "The Good News is, There is no Good News," is funny.  Nevertheless NOT having the Spot Radio safety device works wonders for personal motivation to succeed.  We will attempt to get information about treefalls ahead of time, but a storm could toss a lot of falls across the path.  Having said that, the SxHT is a beautiful trail, and I cherish that we can hike it and marvel at the scenic views.  Here is the small print:  You need a crew leader permission to register based upon your qualifications and gullibility.  This trip is pet, tobacco, alcohol, drug and SPOT device free. Some electronic devices are not allowed.  Your pack needs to be less than 30 lbs. including food, and you need to be in excellent physical condition.  You will need to participate in a pre-trip hike TBD.  Novices welcome.  Contact crew leader for details.  

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