Winter Backpacking Series-Cranberry Wilderness

THE LAST FRONTIER
Cranberry Wilderness
Strenuous/semi-extreme winter trip 3 days trip.

This is NOT a car camping/cabin trip.
Cranberry Wilderness is the crown jewel
of the 919,000-acre Monongahela National Forest
and is located in Pocahontas and Webster Counties,
West Virginia. Broad mountains are dissected by
deep and narrow valleys with elevations ranging
from 2,400' to more than 4,600'
Cranberry Wilderness is contained within the
Black Bear Sanctuary.

Black bears are abundant and share the Wilderness
with white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, grouse,
rabbits, mink, bobcats, and foxes. there are no
bridges over the many streams, so wading is a must.
This trip will take 3 full days + the driving to the
trail head in Friday evening which will take 5-6 HR.
meaning will arrive to the trail head around 2-3 PM.
in the afternoon and will be coming back to
civilization Sunday night.

GPS coordinates:[masked],[masked]
Google driving directions:

http://www.google.com/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=38.2727,-80.2389&hl=en&ll=38.595407,-78.887329&spn=2.45133,4.75708&sll=38.878105,-77.270483&sspn=0.004769,0.009291&geocode=...
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Pictures from last year trip:
https://plus.google.com/photos/116554298799035819637/albums/5738292589704253265?banner=pwa&gpsrc=pwrd1
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  • A former member
    A former member

    Mine as well

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Darwin

    The hardest and extreme trip I have ever been on so far.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Vince

    The loop was completed and I just got back home for work. Excellent teamwork and survival in the most overlooked Final Frontier in winter and late into the night no less. Not for the faint of heart. I look forward to tripping with you guys again.

    February 25, 2013

  • Darwin

    Driving directions:
    http://goo.gl/maps/CUlWx

    February 22, 2013

  • Vince

    I threw whatever spares I have into the car just in case. Including rain jacket, waterproof boots, pad, balaclava etc.

    February 21, 2013

  • Darwin

    Ross Cantrell - Do you have micro-spikes, we may need it, I'll bring an extra set if you don't have it, also I'll bring a extra set of snow shows just in case, we will never know if we are going to use it until we there there.
    To be in the safe side I will bring a white gas stove that we all can share.

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have microspikes, but will need snow-shoes

      February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Darwin, any chance you can get to me your must have gear list for this please?
    [masked]

    February 20, 2013

  • Darwin

    Vince - If for a chance you can by that soup thing please wring as many as you can (different flavors) I'll pay you for then.

    February 20, 2013

    • Vince

      I'll see what I can do. I haven't been able to find it again myslf.

      February 20, 2013

  • Vince

    What's the word on Brifon??

    February 20, 2013

    • Darwin

      No news.

      February 20, 2013

  • Darwin

    Ross Cantrell - We are meeting at Vienna Metro Station NOT in Centreville Park&Ride.
    I will bring the sleeping bag, do not forget your sandals/water shoes and a small towel for stream crossing.

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry Darwin, I cant leave work until Friday evening.

      February 20, 2013

  • Darwin

    Your tent is good enough for this trip, I'll using my hammock.

    February 20, 2013

  • Vince

    Ok guys. I can drive on this one and you guys get gas. I would like to complete a full loop out there using Darwin's GPS and headlamps if needed. I have the maps printed out and a compass as well. I will bring soup, steak (in cooler till we get to trailhead), potatoes to share. I will be using a 0 deg inside 40 deg /w liner backup. I would like to push the limits of Winter on this one.

    February 20, 2013

    • Darwin

      Great that you can drive this time, the another driver bail out yesterday.

      February 20, 2013

  • Vince

    Darwin, if you have a good 4 season tent, bring that for us for back up as I have 3 season. I can help carry weight if needed.

    February 20, 2013

  • Vince

    I'm ready.

    February 18, 2013

  • Darwin

    Are we all ready guy's?

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first trip with this group. Are we meeting at 9:00a.m. at the Centreville Park and ride?

    February 14, 2013

    • Darwin

      Ross - We are meeting at Vienna Metro Station NOT in Centreville Park&Ride.

      February 17, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - PLEASE - Update your reservation NOW, if you are not coming clear your spot, do no let that for the last minute.

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry will just be getting back from Poland. Have fun!

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darwin, Can I add +1 for this trip?

    January 25, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - Absolutely water proof boots are a "must" in this trip if that is no possible at least water proof socks will do the trick.

    January 24, 2013

    • Darwin

      When I say water proof sock I don't mind "liners socks"

      January 24, 2013

  • Darwin

    The original date is the 22, I do not know why it change the date yesterday.
    I was just doing some update on the info of the trip but not changing dates.

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got an e-mail this morning stating that this trip was now the weekend of Feb.15, but this still says the 22nd. I'm down for both, but which one is right?

    January 24, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ Aileen..come back!!!!

    January 24, 2013

  • Aileen

    I will need a ride.

    January 17, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - Trip is open now, the ones on the waiting list "automatically" pass to join list, please update your status if you have change our mind.

    January 17, 2013

  • Michelle A.

    Im interest, just done know if I can get off work on Friday.

    January 4, 2013

  • Aileen

    Can't make the changed date. Catcha on the next one :)

    December 21, 2012

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