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Winter Backpacking Trip
"Cold is not so cold if you are not afraid of it." We will meet at the Blackwell Campground to consolidate cars before going to the Firetower parking lot. The Meetup time is 11am EST. Day 1: We will start our adventure at the Fire Tower Trailhead. We will than jump on the Axsom Branch Loop going Southwest. Our planned campsite will be in the Axsom Cabin ruins. If it is already taken we will find another site along the trail. Total mileage: Approx: 5-6 miles Day 2: After breakfast we complete the Axsom Loop, 2 miles, and end up back at the parking lot by the fire tower. I would like to go into Bloomington for breakfast at Lenny's. Best chicken and waffles around! (This hike is portions of the Yellow highlighted sections minus the Sycamore loop) Considerations- This is not a first timer trip! This is a winter backpacking trip which means it will be cold and it may be snowing, sleeting or icing. We will only cancel if roads are impassable Or a super heavy snow/ice event is occurring - in which case the roads will be impassable! Those who are true "winter packers" expect and actually look forward to wintry weather. Please only RSVP to this event if you are a well prepared and experienced winter backpacker, you have the correct gear for cold weather backpacking and you have a sense of adventure. Please don't RSVP only to then back out due to bad weather!!! Ask questions if you are not sure!!!! Any organizer has the right to deny any persons RSVP if we feel it may put the hiker or group in danger. Safety first!!! No kids/no dogs! See below links for more information https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hoosier/recarea/?recid=41516 https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/indiana/axsom-branch-loop

Blackwell Campground Charles Deam Wilderness

GPS: 39.017262, -86.38971 · Norman , IN

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Respond by: 2/24/2018
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