Great weather. No rain till 9pm Saturday. Too bad More people didn't show/RSVP. Still learned a lot from the experienced Backpackers(Kyle,John) Kyle's fire starting skills are impeccable,2nd only to maybe John L. :)
As usual Indy backpackers put on a great event. See you guys at 2 lakes loop.
1 · April 28
I just checked out the horse camp today. It looks like it will work for us. The only issues we may have is parking, but that shouldn't be too bad and there is no water source. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you. We can probably arrange some carpooling for Fri night for those who are going with backpacking gear instead of car camping gear. Google maps would have you take I65 south to IN 58. I recommend dragging that route over to IN37 (just click on the purple/blue route and drag it over to IN37). IN58 is slow and boring. It's just like going to Deam Wilderness, just a little further south of Fire Tower Road. FYI, this will be a fairly laid back event. I think we will just go with the flow so the only thing I have as far as an agenda goes is the Ruck part of the weekend will start 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (for those who plan on coming only for Saturday). Other than that, just a relaxing weekend with others who have the same interests.
1 · April 21
Ok, so the group has become bigger than we can have in Deam. The group size limit in Deam is 10. So I am thinking we are going to move it to Hickory Ridge Hose camp. It's very similar to Blackwell Horse Camp in Deam but with more trees and a pond. I assume the horses drink from this pond and don't follow the "300 feet" rule so you should bring water with you. I have never been to Hickory Ridge. I am going to the Deam trip this weekend and will stop by there to check it out before heading back. Also please remember you can suggest topics for us to cover.
0 · March 26
Kyle, if you keep it on the weekend of the 13th, you can hit Delaney Park (top of the KT), have shelter, electricity, videos, beer, cooking, tables and floors and lights to go well after dark, for less than $20/pp., AND there will be other runners/hikers there, who would all enjoy rucking around. Friday night-Sunday. Great times, cheap times, good food, EXCELLENT trail, beer. Beer. And beer. And trail.
Angela: I have a record of maybe 12/12 of going through people's pack/gear, and then having them finish the entire AT. If you'd like to be #13, lemme know. And I'm sure last year's winner (who's now working at REI) would be happy to join us -- his info will be that much fresher than mine. Google "Friar tuckerize my pack" for a fine tradition...
0 · February 12
What you are describing is a "ruck" -- if you google Appalachian Trail Ruck , you'll get the general idea. Making the trip to the Southern Ruck or the PA Ruck (now, No. VA.) is definitely worth the trip, but rucks happen whenever/where ever hikers decide to get together just as you've described above. Great for learning, great for sharing, (great for eating!).... FWIW, every fall, I try to post about the ALDHA Gathering, every winter about the eastern Rucks, and every spring about Trail Days....
1 · December 28