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New Meetup: Banning State Park Training Hike

From: Martin K.
Sent on: Saturday, February 6, 2010 7:39 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Friends of BWCA Trails!

What: Banning State Park Training Hike

When: Saturday, February 13,[masked]:00 PM

Banning State Park
P.O. Box 643 turn right , park entrance is 1/2 mile east of freeway exit
Sandstone, MN 55072

Check Your Endurance and Winter Camping Gear (or just come hiking)
Want to get out of the city and get into shape? Join us for a training hike and prep up for our winter BWCA "Plain of Jars" trip. Training hikes are a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other, check out the gear, test stoves, get tips on gear and have fun. Group members will exercise perseverance, self awareness and self leadership in a supportive setting. Personal training with a map and compass will be included during the outing.

Location and getting there
Banning State Park is quite scenic (photos), with a Kettle River running in a sandstone valley. Trail passes through a historic quarry. Wildlife includes beaver, bald eagle, bear, porcupine and deer (but don't set your hopes up, bears are hibernating). State Park sticker or day permit required. Carpooling will be arranged whenever possible. Driving time from north burbs is 1 hr 15 minutes.

Level of difficulty: Moderate to demanding depending on participants? physical condition. We will follow the shore of the Kettle River, scrambling up and down rocks and icy ledges. Later, our group will explore and climb up on rocks to top of the ridge above the river and follow a path to Wolf Creek Waterfall. We will heat up soup or drinks and return to parking lot after dark ? bring a head lamp. Duration: 4-5 hours. Optional dinner at Banning Junction before driving back to Twin Cities. Participants are advised not to plan another event in the evening.

Bring backpack with 30 lbs of clothing, mess kit, cocoa packets, ramen soup, jello (black cherry is the best), and a stove (or use ours). Plan B: Participants can come with a day pack only, but be sure to include sorel boots or sturdy hiking shoes with gaiters (!), 2 qts. of water, snacks, bowl, cup and a spoon, TP, appropriate clothing and leather gloves, compass, and a whistle. Bring a head lamp for this hike as we will return to parking lot in dark of the evening. Detailed gear list is here.

Notices and Fine Print:
This event is pet and tobacco free. Some think that our trip descriptions sound hard core. That?s because we would rather have participants poop out during training than half way in the BWCA wilderness at 10 degrees below. Most participants return from our trips with feeling of accomplishment and personal growth. Hopefully, you will too.
Is this trip for me? For answers to questions like this and others contact the organizer.

Learn more here:

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