New Meetup: AUTUMN CATSKILL ADVENTURE

From: John D
Sent on: Sunday, October 5, 2008 5:43 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for BLAZE > > Backpacking Gay Men of NYC!

What: AUTUMN CATSKILL ADVENTURE

When: October 31,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Meetup Description: AUTUMN CATSKILL ADVENTURE
November is THE month for intrepid BLAZE >> members to head into the woods before winter hits hard.
As the date draws near I will choose a specific mountain trail, but I guarantee it will be beautiful, remote, serene and more than likely very crisp. We will pack all gear to backcountry camp. The trek in is usually at least 4 miles from parked car and requires at least one elevation climb of 1000 feet or more. Average pack weight will be 35lb - 50lbs. Heavy rain/snow cancels trip.

** Please do not be discouraged if you don't feel quite ready for this trip. There will be plenty of events held in the city throughout the winter and many more hikes to join in on when the weather start getting warm again in the spring.

DIFFICULTY
Participants must have the following to qualify for this MeetUp:
- full gear kit for backcountry camping (see list below)
- be in good enough physical condition to carry a 35lbs - 50lbs backpack at least 4 miles over mountainous terrain.
- if not the experience, at least the enthusiasm for backcountry camping in cold conditions for two nights


LOGISTICS
I will arrange to rent a car that will accommodate myself and 3 others. Additional trekkers are welcome if transportation arrangements can be made. We will leave on Friday night ( afternoon??) and return Sunday evening.
NOTE: If you can take additional time off (eg Friday afternoon, Monday etc) we can modify the itinerary. Also, my November is open, so if you are really keen to do an overnight trip in November and can't make this weekend please suggest another weekend that works better for you. We may be able to move the trip.

COSTS
TBD (car rental, gas, shared food will be split evenly among participants)

GEAR LIST
This is a complete list, some of which ca be shared. As we get close to the date we can decide who brings what to eliminate bringing duplicate gear. This also includes food assignments for shared meals - breakfasts and dinners.
SLEEPING
Tent
Sleeping Bag ( 25 degree minimum))
Sleeping Mat
Head lamp
FOOD
Water
Water Filter
Food (for meals and snacks)
Cook Stove, Fuel, Matches/Lighter
Pot / Pan
Matches / Lighter
Plate/Bowl, Cup, Fork/Spoon, Knife
CLOTHING
Sturdy Hiking Shoes/Boots
Rain Gear
Layers appropriate for season (no cotton, jeans, etc)
Extra Under Layer, Socks
Hat
Sunglasses
OTHER
Trail Map
Compass
Jack Knife
First Aid Kit
Matches/Lighter
Toilet Paper
Dop Kit
Bear Bag and Rope

Please email me regarding any concerns or questions.

Learn more here:
http://backpackers.meetup.com/182/calendar/8902496/

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