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Meetup details changed: John Muir Trail Thru-hike - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:­packers/events/225023696/ When : Saturday, October 3, 20 Lina T. Aug 31, 2015 9:18 PM
Weather, RRG affected. Immediate release of info - If you are planning on traveling to the Red River Gorge this weekend, please keep in mind the nasty winter weather that is headed our way tonight and into tomorrow. US National Weather Servic Nathan G. Mar 4, 2015 12:57 PM
East Fork State Park trip - Who's still in for East Fork next weekend? Please reply so we know who to look for and we're not waiting for someone who isn't coming. If you're coming Friday and want someone to meet you at the trailhead, call me when you get close to the park. My num scott f Jan 31, 2015 11:47 AM
Our sponsor Lawson Equipment has a Christmas special of 20% off + free shipping - Merry Christmas everyone!   Our sponsor Lawson Equipment just contacted me.  He has a Christmas special running for 20% off of everything + free shipping.  Use coupon code Christmas2014.   Lawson has added quite a fe John L. Dec 22, 2014 3:45 PM
How to hike a “fast” hike - Indy Backpackers Newsletter, 12/07/2014   The secret is not in walking fast but in hiking more hours aka the tortoise and the hare. Generally speaking hiking fast means that you have some distance that you need to comp John L. Dec 7, 2014 6:32 PM
Re: [IndyBackpackers] Indy Backpackers membership dues - Clarification: There is no cost to join Indy Backpackers.  John L. Dec 3, 2014 8:05 AM
Indy Backpackers membership dues - Hi Backpackers, Indy Backpackers has started charging $6.00/year to cover costs of running this Meetup. We are charging dues so we can: Cover Meetup costs Encourage more engaged members Have a reserve John L. Dec 3, 2014 7:47 AM
Membership dues for 2015 - Indy Backpackers Newsletter, 11/23/2014   This notice is being sent on behalf of the organizers for Indy Backpackers Meetup regarding Annual Membership Fees for 2015.  Please read the email in it's entirety.  Please message me with a John L. Nov 23, 2014 8:13 PM
Do you use trekking poles?, holiday gear guide, sleeping warmer, getting more people on trips - Indy Backpackers Newsletter, 11/16/2014   After pack weight the use of trekking poles is probably one of the most debated topics in backpacking depending on the audience.  Once I learned how to use them they made steep ascents easier, John L. Nov 16, 2014 5:59 PM
Tent or tarp, which is better?, best places to camp, life hacks for backpackers - Indy Backpackers Newsletter, 11/9/2014   I haven't used a tent in a long while.  I use a tarp whether I'm on the ground or in a hammock.  I've used it in wind, rain and snow and never thought about going back to a tent.  Not that I John L. Nov 9, 2014 4:43 PM
Selfies with bears-seriously, predicting rain, Section hikers gear review, it's starting to get cold - Indy Backpackers Newsletter, 11/2/2014   When I was in the Air Force we were required to strictly follow a manual when working on equipment.  Many of the things that they spelled out in the manual at first seemed like they were writin John L. Nov 2, 2014 5:59 PM
Tarp guylines, GoLite Bankruptcy, Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpacks on sale, SilNylon tarp line tensioner - Indy Backpackers Newsletter, 10/26/2014 I've been wanting a better tie out system for my tarp for quite some time.  After doing some research decided on this method used by Andrew Skurka.  I tested it today on my tarp.  I was impressed by ho John L. Oct 26, 2014 6:56 PM
Hydration, gear deals and wild weather - Hello everyone! On our trip to the Smoky Mountains this past week we experienced some wild weather.  I believe that there was one day without rain and 0 days without wind.  I believe the official high gust while we were there was 89 mph.  Th John L. Oct 19, 2014 7:21 PM
Meetup details changed: Backpackers family event and social - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:­packers/events/211743472/ When : Friday, October 31, 201 John L. Oct 18, 2014 5:32 PM
Calculate calories, Backpack alone, Family car camp/social with a poll - Hey everyone!   This week a member asked me how many calories that I am taking on our Smoky Mountain trip.  I don't add up the calories that I take but I do weigh how much food that I take.  Ultimately this differs depending on the p John L. Sep 28, 2014 7:25 PM
New Members, Ohio Valley Backpackers +, Opportunites, trips - Hello everyone! The summer is pretty much done and so we enter cooler weather and backpacking season.  Life is good! We have had a considerable increase in our members over the summer.  Add to that Nathan has decided to shutdown Ohio John L. Sep 21, 2014 7:47 PM
Meetup details changed: Savage Gulf State Natural Area/Great Stone Door - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:­packers/events/207698612/ When : Friday, November 28, 20 Lina T. Sep 16, 2014 9:22 PM
Meetup details changed: Red River Gorge - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:­packers/events/198047772/ When : Friday, August 29, 2014 Chris H. Aug 10, 2014 6:42 PM
Meetup details changed: Yahoo Falls (BSF) Ladies Overnight Trip - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:­packers/events/198211712/ When : Friday, September 12, 2 Lina T. Aug 5, 2014 7:40 AM
Ladies only trip posted, Simply Light Designs Gear Sale - Hello everyone!   Busy week this weekend!  One trip to Red River Gorge and another to Two Lakes Loop.  Watch for pics and a trip report to find out what they did and saw on these trips.   Lina Thompson has posted our John L. May 18, 2014 6:45 PM
Vehicle information required for BSF trip - Hey everyone,   For anyone that is driving park officials want the following information.  Please send it to me ASAP.   *Year *Make *Model *Color *State *License Plate � John L. May 17, 2014 9:40 AM
Information for Big South Fork - Ron and myself will be leaving prior to noon on Friday.  We'll find a place to camp along Honey Creek Loop near the trailhead.  If you happen to get there before us go ahead an find a spot and let us kn ow where it is. Direc John L. May 17, 2014 8:40 AM
Walk with Wired on the AT, Kid Friendly Trip, Ladies Only Trip - Hello everyone,   I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the spring!  We are in full swing for trip planning, everything from training hikes, long distance hikes and everything in between.  Let us know if there is a certain sty John L. Apr 27, 2014 6:59 PM
Eating cold on the trail, getting fresh juice on the trail, taking care of your feet - Hello everyone!   I hope everyone had a great weekend!  For those of you who celebrate Easter happy Easter to you and your families!   I had the great pleasure of meeting and hiking the Tecumseh Trail this weekend wit John L. Apr 20, 2014 8:35 PM
Mental Endurance Skill, Trekking Poles & Base Weight, Navigation Skills, More Trips! - Hello everyone!   When we talk about endurance and backpacking thoughts and conversation generally turn to the physical endurance side.  But what about mental toughness and endurance?  What about the times you face unexpected obstacl John L. Apr 13, 2014 6:48 PM
Shoulder season, Moving in the mornings, Oatmeal and Trips - Hello all!   Shoulder season is definitely upon us!  Shoulder season is that time of year when the snow is mostly gone, some days are sort of warm and other are still cold, when you feel like warm air is trying to push in but just not John L. Apr 6, 2014 7:59 PM
Correction: Snake facts you should know, Bug protection - Hello all,   I need to make a correction from my email last night.  I stated that 1% of the 8000 snake bites result in death.  My good friend Tom McGinnis pointed out this is incorrect.  If you do the math this would equal 80 deaths John L. Mar 31, 2014 6:01 PM
Snake facts you should know, Bug protection - Hello everyone,   It's the time of year when everyone's attention and turns to snakes, snake bites and the ubiquitous pests known as bugs.   There are about 8000 snake bites each year.  Generally only about 1% of thes John L. Mar 30, 2014 8:23 PM
Garden of the Gods trip, upcoming trips - Hey all! We just returned from out GoTG trip.  We camped at One Horse Lake and left from there the next morning.  Ron had found an excellent camping spot when Annie and I arrived about 10:30.  Everyone but Ron had gone to bed.  We talked fo John L. Mar 23, 2014 7:29 PM
The Ides of March, 200 trips, hiking the AT..virtually - Hey everyone!   Had an opportunity to meet up with Brett and company on his Ides of March tip last evening.  Met some great new friends, Peter, Tony and Sabrina.  Brett, as usual, had planned an exceptional trip camping in the Mt. Ca John L. Mar 16, 2014 4:52 PM
Trips, compasses and maps - Hello everyone!   Welcome to all of our new members!  Our group is growing with many different style of backpackers!   We finally got past all of that mess last week with the hackers bringing down Meetup sites worldwi John L. Mar 9, 2014 8:38 PM
Free e-mag subscription, GSM trip, - Hello everyone!   What a great trip we had in Red River Gorge this weekend.  Fantastic hiking weather, somewhere near 50 for the high and 35 for the low.  We had a great hike of about 8 miles and saw some gorgeous view.  J.C. worked John L. Mar 2, 2014 7:51 PM
Deet vs. Picaridin, Ridge Line Test, Many trips to choose from - Hello everyone!   As we approach the spring backpacking season we start thinking about bugs and keeping them off of us.  There is always the discussion about the safety of repellants, in particular Deet.  Here is a John L. Feb 23, 2014 7:12 PM
An epic trip, cotton ball tinders, must read survival points - Hello everyone!   Our trip this weekend was quite the epic adventure.  After all how many people can say that they walk five miles or so down the middle of Middle Fork Salt Creek and then slept on 5 inches of snow.  What a great trip John L. Feb 16, 2014 6:35 PM
Indy Backpackers, know your limitations. MYOG ice spikes - Hello everyone! We had a great time at the social Friday night.  Met some new friends and caught up with everyone.  We had a very nice time!  Thanks everyone for coming!   As usual the conversations turned to backpacking sty John L. Feb 9, 2014 7:37 PM
Lead a trip, MYOG Hammock Suspension - Hey everyone!   Happy Superbowl Sunday!   I see Brett and company are back from Brett's Annual Groundhog Day trip.   Lot's of great photos too!  Check them out at John L. Feb 2, 2014 6:09 PM
Upcoming trips, a Social!, backpacking pillows - Hello everyone! Hope everyone is warm and dry!   Several new members have joined us, some local and looking for new faces and trips, a few just having moved here, some from northern Indiana and at least 1 from Ohio that I know John L. Jan 26, 2014 6:51 PM
Topo Charger, more trips, Todd completes 100 miles on the AT - Hello everyone!   Ok I remebered it this week.  I wanted to let you know about a new device that is out for the iPhone called the ToPoCharger by Trimble Outdoors.  Apparently this device will help keep your iPhone charged and provide John L. Jan 19, 2014 8:34 PM
Todd's AT trip, Ron's Deam trip, Topo Charger - Hey all!   The temps are back to normal and the snow is melting.  No more reasons not to get back out there!   I got single pic from Todd on his 100 mile AT trip today but no other information.  I suppose no news is John L. Jan 12, 2014 6:53 PM
Backpacking trip this weekend, Types of Backpacking fun, some unique ideas for gear - Hi All!   The past few days have been pretty incredible with the snow and the temps.  I hope it digs deep and kills of lots of mosquitoes and ticks!   A couple of our members posted on Facebook that they are looking f John L. Jan 6, 2014 7:04 PM
Happy New Year, BRT/ORt trip report, MYOG: bivy - Hello everyone! On behalf of the leadership team at Indy Backpackers we hope that you are having (or had) a happy and safe New Years!   I have posted Ron White's and my trip to the Buffalo River.  Short stats:  41 miles from John L. Dec 31, 2013 7:22 PM
Happy Holidays, Backpacking meals, Ultra Light Makeover, 3 Lakes Loop - Hello everyone!   Whatever tradition or holiday that you celebrate this time of year please make sure to spend some quality time time with your family friends!  For me and mine it's Merry Christmas!   Preparing you ow John L. Dec 22, 2013 7:25 PM
Some really cool trips coming up, backpacking light(er), Tom's recipe test kitchen - Hey everyone,   We have some nice trips coming up!  First up is Brett's annual Winter Solstice trip this weekend.  (Actually I think he does them on every solstice date!)  Travel along the Red River and then up to  Eagle Point Butt John L. Dec 15, 2013 8:49 PM
Re: [IndyBackpackers] Indy Backpackers is on Facebook, Must reads for backpackers, what do you know about lightweight tents? - John, you seem to be genuinely interested in going light. Ray Jardine's Beyond Backpacking first distilled what we now consider "lightweight"­books/isbn/9780963235930&cm_mm­c=shopcompare-_-paid-_-Google-­_-books?ci_src=1758 tom m. Dec 8, 2013 9:14 PM
Re: [IndyBackpackers] Indy Backpackers is on Facebook, Must reads for backpackers, what do you know about lightweight tents? - John, I think it's out of print but I read Walking Softly in the Steve S. Dec 8, 2013 6:44 PM
Indy Backpackers is on Facebook, Must reads for backpackers, what do you know about lightweight tents? - Hello everyone,   Indy Backpackers now has a site on Facebook linked with our Meetup site!  Access the site by clicking on the Facebook logo in the left hand column of our Meetup site.   What do you know about light o John L. Dec 8, 2013 6:41 PM
Water, sand, mud, rocks, and washed out roads, make some backpacker biscuits, dehydrate food - Hey everyone,   We got back from our trip to Buffalo River last night.   What a trip!  I never thought I would see anything that would rival the Red River Gorge but this was close!   Short report, our original plan John L. Dec 2, 2013 9:37 PM
Becoming an organizer, plan a trip, trip sizes, new trips - Hello Everyone!   Recently I have been asked by several people how to become an organizer.  I suspect the the other organizers are getting the same question.  With the growth of our group I am frequently thinking about this so that w John L. Nov 24, 2013 6:40 PM
Backpacking at Terrill Ridge, Make a PLUQ, New Swag Store Jeff saved $50! - Hello everyone,   Spent a great evening with Bryan, his wife Pat, a new friend Eric Nastav and my 13 year old daughter Jacie (aka Bob) at Terrill Ridge.  We were headed for Terrill Ridge Pond but the campsite there was taken.  There John L. Nov 17, 2013 7:18 PM
Down vest $25, limited quantities at Costco - Hey everyone,   Please pardon the email but since there are limited quantities of this vest I wanted to get it out to everyone.   Phil, one of our members, sent this  to me. Thanks Phil!   Costco's ju John L. Nov 14, 2013 7:38 PM
Staying warm at night, MYOG sleeping bag liner, upcoming trips! - Hello everyone! I haven't seen any email from Kyle since they left for the Red River Gorge a few days ago. I'm sure that they had a good trip. The RRG is absolutely beautiful this time of year. I posted an excerpt from Chris Townse John L. Nov 10, 2013 6:33 PM
Build your own hammock, Ultra Lite Backpacking and more - Hello everyone!   Looks like Kyle and folks who went to Peninsula Trail in the Deam Wilderness have returned.  Looking at the list I don't know any of them but Kyle.  Great to see some new faces.  I am looking forward to meeting all John L. Nov 3, 2013 6:21 PM
Great Halloween trip this weekend in the Red River Gorge, more coming! - Hello everyone!   We had a great time on Chris's trip in the Red River Gorge at Hanson's Point this weekend.  Lot's of fun, Jo brought some delicious Halloween cupcakes, Kyle brought a huge bag of chocolate candy and Brett had the gre John L. Oct 27, 2013 7:03 PM
Meetup details changed: Beginners Backpack Trip, 1 night, Trip details with gpx and link to map now available - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:­ers-149/events/145417512/ When : Saturday, November 16, John L. Oct 21, 2013 5:11 PM
National Parks are open, trips and gear sales - Hello all!   The National Parks are finally open!  For us this means all trips are going with out adjustments to the itinerary.   Speaking of trips we have some nice ones planned.  This coming weekend Chris is headed John L. Oct 20, 2013 7:18 PM
Ready, Set, Go! - Hello everyone!   I got to attend Bryan's Hammock Hang on Saturday night.  Bryan planned a great spot and everyohe had a good time.  What a great group of people were there!  I'm sorry I missed those of you who left Saturday morning John L. Oct 13, 2013 7:39 PM
How to build a fire, pack your pack - Hello all!   We had a great time this weekend even though we called it early.  Ron White, one of our organizers, was about 2 miles from us and stuck it out through Saturday night.  Lot's of rain.  But, well, this is wilderness backp John L. Oct 6, 2013 8:13 PM
Re: [IndyBackpackers] Upcoming trips, new logo? - Steven Skinner (mule) is a very talented artist hope he steps up to the challenge. On Sep 29,[masked]:39 PM, "John Little" < [address removed] > wrote: Bryan Sep 29, 2013 10:02 PM
Upcoming trips, new logo? - Hey everyone,   Kyle has posted some great pictures from his Cystic Fibrosis hike in MI.  Thanks to everyone who supported those who hiked this event!   Kyle tells me the trail is absolutely gorgeous and even better t John L. Sep 29, 2013 9:38 PM
Trips, calendars and a free subscriptoin - Hello everyone,   I just returned from a great trip to Crescent Valley 2.  This is an unmarked site on maps and pretty much a bushwhack to get there.  Met some great people and had a really good time!   I've never be John L. Sep 22, 2013 9:07 PM
Trips, calendars and a free subscriptoin - Hello everyone,   I just returned from a great trip to Crescent Valley 2.  This is an unmarked site on maps and pretty much a bushwhack to get there.  Met some great people and had a really good time!   I've never be John L. Sep 22, 2013 9:07 PM
The mailing list address for our group, Indy Backpackers, has been changed. -   Hello everyone..again!   I apologize the last email had an address probably unknown to many of you.  I have fixed that.  As well the formatting of the email was bad and I  have fixed that as well..   John L. Sep 15, 2013 7:19 PM
Upcoming trips and more - Hello everyone! Fall is finally here and along with it we have some fun and interesting trips coming up. Friday the 27th is the Cystic Fibrosis trip in Michigan.  This trip is sponsored by Kyle and all funds go to help the Cystic Fibro John L. Sep 15, 2013 6:48 PM

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