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Weekend backpack trip at Red River Gorge. We will "car camp" Friday night so that people can work on Friday and arrive in the evening (I'll go to RRG early to claim campsite(s)) at Koomer Ridge Campground. Drivers will need to stop at the Shell Station at the Slade Exit to purchase a 3-day pass for your car ($5). Koomer Camping will be about $4 each person (I may change our Friday campsite to Miguel's Climber Campground). HIKE PLAN: Saturday - Stage a car at Bison Way parking lot or at Gladie Learing Center. Drive to Rough Trail trailhead parking off of KY 715, begin hike. We will follow Rough Trail to Sheltowee Trace and head north. We'll visit Cloud Splitter and then proceed to a side trail to campsites that sit on the ridge between Indian Arch and Indian Staircase. Total miles today approx 8. Sunday - Hike back out to Sheltowee Trace and visit Indian Arch and Indian Staircase. Take Bison Way trail to our car(s) and retrieve the other car(s). Total miles today approx 5. Optional - visit Gladie Learning Center. Stop at Miguel's Pizza for the traditional end to a Red River Gorge trip. Expected time back in Cincinnati is 6pm Car Pooling will be from Florence Walmart as usual. TOTAL estimated cost per person: $5 for Friday camping plus your share of the permit (1 per car) plus you should share gas cost with your driver if you carpool * Distance: This will likely be a total of 13 to 14 backpacking miles. There will be some climbs into and out of gorge. * Pace: Moderate * Travel time: About 2.5 hours driving time from Cincinnati * Leave No Trace. Pack It In - Pack It Out. * Dogs: allowed but must remain on leash at all times and under strict command of the owner * The trip limit and RSVP deadline can change without notice. *****LOOK BELOW***** By signing up and/or participating in this event, you fully accept our liability waiver: https://www.meetup.com/CincinnatiBackpackers/pages/1036870/Cincinnati_Area_Backpackers_Meetup_Waiver/
Learn & Do Trail Maintenance + Campout May 9-12, 2019 Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky Fee: $25/person - Includes camping for three nights, two meals, all instruction, safety equipment and evening activities. Join the Trail Crew At Carter Caves State Resort Park! Description: Join the Carter Caves trail crew and spend a weekend at Kentucky's best kept secret learning about and doing trail maintenance. Your volunteer efforts will improve the trails at the park and make them safer and more enjoyable for park visitors. Project include fixing erosion problems, installing water bars, removing downed trees, installing check dam, painting blazes, side hill maintenance and installing non-slip surfaces on wooden bridges. This is a three night campout with 2 1/2 days of working on the trails. No experience required. Upper body strength not required. This is for men and women of all ages. Tools, safety equipment and instruction provided. You'll be taught the basics of trail maintenance and will put those techniques to use. In the evening, enjoy fun activities at the park. Give back to the trails! Come with a friend. Each evening there will be a fun activity in the park scheduled for us. Or you can choose to relax or do your down thing. Two dinners are included. Friday pizza dinner and Saturday buffet in the lodge restaurant. For full details on what to expect, the schedule, what's included, camping, evening activities, past photos and alternate lodging visit: https://www.outdooradventureconnection.com/trailcrew-may.php To register sign up at the above link or on the Dayton Hikers site here: https://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/events/260460710/ By signing up you agree that you can arrive at the park on Thursday evening. Sunday is Mother's Day so feel free to leave Saturday afternoon, if needed.
Looking for more this spring/fall to hike the Shiloh Military Trails that I trekked with Boy Scouts over 20 years ago. http://shilohmilitarytrails.org/PDF/Pointsofinterest1.pdf Please contact me if interested so we can discuss adding you to this trip; there is much planning to accomplish, date not firm yet. You will be spending money up front on maps, reading material, etc. that you cannot get back, so please do not be a recreational bidder. I am cross posting this on another meetup site; group total will be four including me. Buster, my trail dog, will be with us. You must be self-sufficient. Currently there are 8 trails open that total 90 miles. We will base camp at a place with showers and hike a different trail each day; there will be additional costs to you for the lodging that we choose. This may be a 10 to 14 day trip, 7 days hiking the long trails, Battlefield Trek day of arrival, Indian Mounds Trek day of departure (or vice-versa), and weather/zero-mile days if needed. If the #6 trail reopens, we will also do it. Here are the hikes. http://shilohmilitarytrails.org/index.html Visit the sites of the most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in a bloody contest that resulted in 23,746 casualties; more casualties than in all of America's previous wars combined. Explore both the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields to discover the impact of this struggle on the soldiers and on the nation. Interesting Facts About Shiloh Monuments Numerous smaller monuments are located throughout the park including about 40 for Illinois, 22 for Indiana, 12 for Iowa, and 34 for Ohio. They are scattered through fields and woods. There are 210 cannons located though out the park. Nineteen different states were represented at the Battle of Shiloh. Of these, fifteen states have erected monuments of the battlefield in memory of their sons who fought and died at Shiloh. Interesting Facts About Shiloh Personalities Two Union Generals who were at Shiloh were later elected Presidents of the United States, Grant and Garfield. Another Union General who fought at Shiloh was Lee Wallace, author of the book "Ben Hur". Stanley, the African explorer who found Dr. Livingston, fought as a Confederate soldier at Shiloh. The Union Surgeon General, DR. B.J.D. Irwin who had the battlefield tent hospital erected at Shiloh was the first man to be recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor. Confederate General Breckenridge served as Vice President in 1860. General A.S. Johnston, killed at Shiloh, is the only full general in the history of this nation to be killed in battle. West Point graduates who fought at Shiloh: Union: Grant, Sherman, Buell Confederate: Johnston, Hardee, Bragg, Polk, Beauregard, Ruggles, Wheeler General Polk was an Episcopal Bishop. General Sherman was formerly President of L.S.U. The purpose of the Shiloh Military Trails Inc. is to engender interest in the history and beauty of this National Military Park by providing multiple hiking venues in and near the park which are designed to educate and entertain while at the same time providing vigorous and healthy outdoor activity. The Shiloh Military Trails were set up in June 1960 by Ken Humphreys, a Boy Scout leader in Memphis and the Shiloh National Park Superintendent. There are eleven different hikes (9 trails and 2 treks) ranging in length from 2 to 20 miles. The trails are managed by a nonprofit corporation, Shiloh Military Trails, Inc. and are staffed by volunteers drawn mostly from scouting and hiking organizations. After someone has completed six different hikes and other requirements they qualify to be designated as a "Shiloh Veteran Hiker" and receive a special patch, pin and a 12 x 16 certificate. *****LOOK BELOW***** By signing up and/or participating in this event, you fully accept our liability waiver: https://www.meetup.com/CincinnatiBackpackers/pages/1036870/Cincinnati_Area_Backpackers_Meetup_Waiver/