This will be a basic backpacking trip for those new to the group. We will meet at the State Park Headquarters at 10:00 am. For those interested, I will also lead a group out on Friday night with a night time hike out to camp.
It is dear and turkey season for archery so we will keep to the backcountry and avoid the active hunting areas. Hunting at Sand Ridge is not allowed near the backcountry camp sites as they are often used by hunters themselves. Don't worry, we have done this before and we will be ok, hunters tend to be very safe minded in Illinois as there is no alcohol allowed in the park and it's heavily patrolled. As a precaution, we will have bright orange hats for all.
If your new to the group and want to go but do not have gear, now worries, we will help you out with plenty of gear we can loan you. I will have a new member meeting to discuss gear needs in the very near future.