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"With luck it might snow for us."
We will start at Grubb Ridge trailhead to hike to the Monroe backwaters and cabin ruins. This is a short mileage hike but requires 5 creek crossings and a short bushwack.
You must have winter backpacking experience. You will need...
Tent, hammock or other sleep system good to 20 degrees.
Winter clothing/no cotton
Food for lunch, dinner breakfast and snacks
Water and filtration
Headlamp or flashlight
Libations if you choose
If it rains significantly a couple of days prior we may change location due this being in a back waters flood area. If it's going to be below 20 degrees or miserably wet we will reschedule.
No dogs no politics
If you want to bring someone they will need to become a member.
Celebrate President's Day outdoors with a hike in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. We'll be hiking 5-7 miles at a location yet to be decided. I've been going to this area for over thirty-years and I know of lots of great places to go. As we get closer to the event, I'll post our destination in the comments section.
Total hike mileage: 6-7 miles
Difficulty: Generally EASY, with a couple of ups and downs.
Pace: 2 mph, or slowest hiker
Travel time: 1-1/2 hours to trailhead
Guests: Everyone signing up must be an adult EAC Member.
Pets: Ask the organizer for permission. Must be well-behaved with fixed leash.
This is a beginner's hike, but with it includes a decent amount of milage, so be sure you're up for a 7 mile walk so early in the season. Bring sturdy hiking shoes or boots, water to drink, and maybe a morning snack. We'll eat a late lunch at a restaurant after our walk in the woods. Bring cash.
Winter weather may impact this trip, but unless there is a ton of snow, freezing rain, temps in the low teens, or winds in excess of 25 mph, this trip will likely be a go no matter what. A little precipitation is not going to cancel this trip. Everyone should go to the comments section of this Meetup the day before and see if this is a go or a no go. We should be back at our vehicles in Evansville by 4:30 p.m. All times are Central Standard (Evansville) Time.
NEW DETAILS ADDED JANUARY 31. Let's meet at Vertical eXcape in Evansville for some group climbing wall fun. No climbing experience is necessary. We'll be using a rope attached an auto-belay device that lets you climb and descent solo (free ropes not included). Fee includes orientation, equipment rental and 1-1/2 hours of group climbing.
A fee of $16 is required to participate. I'll be making the reservations on February 1 and will close the Meetup, but if you want in after the deadline, just let me know. I'll see what I can do. Your fee is refundable, but only under the conditions of the refund policy. See below.
Paypal or Zelle your payment of $16 to [masked], or mail a check to: Mitch Luman, 1644 E Blackford Avenue, Evansville, IN 47714. If you use PayPal, be sure to send money to "Friends and Family" to avoid any transaction fees.
Please show up no later than 3 PM sharp for the mandatory orientation. Afterwards, we may go out to dinner. This is optional.
Those participating must fill out the Vertical eXcape Waiver, BEFORE attending: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5a21c7bc10e0a/web/