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The Baltimore Hiking Meetup Group Message Board › More Details for Fall Trail Hike at Ricketts Glen State Park, PA

More Details for Fall Trail Hike at Ricketts Glen State Park, PA

A former member
Dear Fellow Hiker:

This is my first time organizing a meetup.com event. So I wanted to clarify a few event details and expectations before we gather to visit the beautiful Ricketts Glen State Park. I don?t want to repeat information that I have already covered, so please refer back to the Baltimore Hiking Meetup Group home page for information you do not see here: http://hiking.meetup....­

1. Caravan Meetup Info/Departure time:
-Departure from I83, Exit 36, Park n' Ride will be at 7:30AM prompt on, Saturday, Oct 13th. Plan to arrive at 7:00AM to have time to review caravan directions to Ricketts Glen and meet your other fellow hikers.
-Click on the following link to see the driving plan to arrive at Falls Trail, Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania, from I83, Exit 36, Park n' Ride in Maryland. Directions were taken from Google?s Map service
-I am estimating we will be driving for 3 to 4 hours to arrive at Ricketts Glen, Falls Trail Entrance, by 11:30AM.
-I will provide a cell phone number in next week's e-mail where I can be reached in the event that someone needs to let me know they are running late Saturday morning or becomes separated during the drive to PA. Do not call me to let me know that you are not attending the hike on Saturday Morning.
-I encourage anyone who wants to carpool to communicate openly through the Meetup message board or to correspond with other fellow hikers through e-mail.
-I will be driving a red sedan Ford Escort with ?Meetup? Signs attached to the car windows at the Park n? Ride.

2. Staying at Ricketts Glen State Park overnight:
-I still need email confirmations for people camping overnight at Ricketts Glen by, October 9th. Email me your confirmation for camping overnight to sc6096@hotmail.com. I will make group camping reservations on October 10th.
-The only people on Meetup.com who indicated they may be camping overnight so far are myself (Steve), Mary, T., and Jeremy(+1 guest).
-I am planning to reserve a group campsite for 20 people or less for Saturday night for $36. I will update people to their shared cost for the campsite who are camping overnight in next week's email.
-To see what camping is like at Ricketts Glen State Park click on the following link http://www.dcnr.state...­
-Pets are not permitted at the campsites at Ricketts Glen State Park (sorry).
-Plan to have camping equipment for staying overnight at Ricketts Glen (i.e. Dinner, tent, sleeping bag, etc.). I plan to bring a Coleman lantern and Coleman 3-burner range for dinner to share with everyone in general. I will also have room for someone in a two-person tent (Kelty Gunnison 2) who doesn?t mind sharing the space. Individuals who wish to share food/camping equipment should communicate openly on the Meetup message board or correspond with other fellow hikers through email.

3. My expectations of fellow participating Hikers:
-Plan accordingly for a strenuous hike (i.e. have an adequate water supply, good hiking boots, and clothing in layers you can remove when you start to get hot)
-I generally follow the rule that everyone hikes the pace of the slowest hiker. This is an old Scouting rule I still follow for safety reasons since I do not know the hiking ability of everyone who will be attending. Besides if you rush this hike you will miss the experience of beautiful scenery and photographic opportunities.
-Plan on hiking out litter you take with you into the Glen. Nothing grinds my gears more than a litterbug.
-HAVE FUN, BUT BE SAFE AND SMART. There will be a few tall and narrow passages along the sides of glen with no hand railings to hold onto. Some of the trails will also literally be right next to the waterfalls and will be very slippery. Though the trail is relatively safe, this park has several people every year flown out by helicopter because of these wet and steep areas where someone can slip and fall a great distance. Emergency personal will not be able to reach anyone because of the steepness of the trails so helicopter evacuations are the only way out. Don't become a statistic; take time to think about your footing during these difficult parts.

I will send another group e-mail next week covering final details for the Falls Trail hike, and camping at Ricketts Glen State Park.

Please send any questions or comments for this event to my personal e-mail address listed below.

Happy trails,
-Steve Cannon
sc6096@hotmail.com
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