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Returning by popular demand, the highly acclaimed beginner's backpacking trip. This event will entail hiking in with all of our camping gear, camping overnight, and hiking back out. The total mileage will be about 11 miles split over the 2 days.
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4 Notch Loop is a beautiful section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail that will take us to the camp among the large meadows at Hidden Lake. This trip will give you the opportunity to try out backpacking without breaking your back on a high mileage hike. You will get the chance to practice carrying some weight without getting weighed down.
If you have ever considered doing any kind of extended hiking trail or backpacking, this is the trip to start with. If you do not have backpacking gear, do not worry, there are options. Some of us have extra gear to loan out, and you can buddy up with someone to share a tent. REI rents backpacks for 3 days for $15. The packs are their Quest series. They do not rent tents, pads, hydration, etc. There will be plenty of people with stoves that can boil water for rehydrating food and we normally build a nice fire.
Please be accurate in your RSVP's for this trip because some of us will be making a water drop at the campsite ahead of time. There is no water available for us on the trail, so it will be very important that we account for this accurately.
Basic Supplies: Backpack (not the kind you take to school), sleeping bag, tent, clothing layers, plenty of water, headlamp, food & snacks, earplugs (in case of snorers), toothbrush and toiletries
These are the very basics. You can go through the complete backpacking list by REI at http://www.rei.com/learn/expert... for additional ideas. Keep your weight in mind. Collect all of your supplies and weigh them to get a realistic idea of the weight you will carry. Then go for a walk with that much weight in a backpack. With a little care, weight will not be a problem for most people because of the short hike, but trying to stuff a big sleeping bag and tent into the pack will be more difficult than you think. So do some planning.
We look forward to seeing you all there!