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Re: [backpackers-182] Meetup details changed: Tuxedo to Lake Skemonto Loop

From: John D
Sent on: Friday, July 2, 2010 8:52 AM
Hi Dale,

Thanks for posting the trip. It looks like there a people signing up that have never been on an overnight and some currently do not have any gear for overnight camping.  A few words of advice:

1) be clear about gear list eg:
- min. rating for  sleeping bag
- min. size of pack
- what a bear bag is, length of rope required
2) no matter how many emails you send about food/toiletries people will bring too much- this will be a challenge when trying to bear bag everything, so bring extra rope and bags. show people how to bear bag for themselves so they learn why to be minimal on a back-country trip
3) have back-up for all essentials - cooking/water filter

This is a link to a sample interactive google doc that I used to help plan a trip. You may find a similar doc will help - I found it drastically reduced the number of emails I had to send around.

These are lessons I've learned organizing  backcountry trips for gay men over the last two years.

I hope you have great weather - Good luck!

BLAZE>> founder

On Jul 1, 2010, at 11:16 PM, Dale Corvino wrote:

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Saturday, July 24,[masked]:00 AM

Tuxedo Train Station
240 Route 17 Coordinate +41? 11' 37.54", -74? 11' 4.31" [masked], [masked])
Tuxedo, NY 10987
(845) 351- 2265

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If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Yes".)

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