Immerse yourself in wilderness adventure by taking part in recovery - flagging - of the Powwow Trail in a two mile section of the "North Frontier". Our work will be demanding and very rewarding.
Our Mission: Mark Powwow Trail between South and North Wilder lakes where young jack pines are uber dense. Using GPS track on GAIA phone application we will look for tree cuts, rock cairns, and segments of trail and mark them for the trail clearing crews that will follow in May. A marked path will enable them to be more efficient because they focus on trail clearing instead spending time to search for it.
Bonus: Somewhere along we will come across the recently found campsite "Lost City of Z".
Mode: Backpack in, backpack out.
Route: Our team will insert as soon as the snow will melt making the road passable to Powwow Trail entry point EP#86. We will backpack 8.6 miles to South Wilder Lake. Weather will play a big role in locating the trail from east end of South Wilder Lake to crossing the outlet stream and continuing on to Harbor/North Wilder portage. Marking a path in dense jack pine growth can be quite a challenge and we may stay as long as five days in field.
Qualifications: Applying candidates should posses above average physical fitness, be resilient to occasional feelings of being lost in the wilds, be amiable team members, tenacious yet and flexible and open to adjust goals according to conditions. Personal safety and that of the team is a must.
Trip dates: Dates above will be adjusted depending on enough snow having melted for road to be passable (it is not plowed in winter).
Cost: Registration$25, car pool, your food. There may be additional cost for cabin stay if we arrive the night before the departure for trail head (~$25-30). BWAC will supply safety glasses and McKenzie map of the trail.
Crew size is limited to four.
Camping will be most likely off the trail - very rugged surroundings.
Weather: Highs 46-60 deg F, lows 25-40 deg F
Ground will be extremely wet on beaver dams, requiring rubber overshoes. Dry socks or gortex socks highly recommended
You will need reliable rain gear, 25 degree bag, sturdy hiking shoes, leather gloves. Gear list will be provided.
Why volunteer for this trip: The ultimate affordable wilderness adventure. Adrenalin. Knowing you have made a difference.
Small print: READ SMALL PRINT FIRST. This trip is tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and pets free. Participants need to attend training hikes (TBD) and can register for the trip only after permission from the trip leader. Crew leader has the right to deny participation to anyone for any or no reason.
However any one can sign up on this "interest" sheet - that is this meetup. Will you pan out? Contact the organizer with questions.