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Houston Area Trails & More Message Board › A few last minute items for second annual HATS Beginners Backpacking Trip

A few last minute items for second annual HATS Beginners Backpacking Trip

Tom P.
pooneil
Group Organizer
Houston, TX
If you are no longer plan to go please update your RSVP to no.

Food
There has naturally been some discussion about food in the comments.  There will be several people bringing stoves on the trip so there will be plenty of opportunities to boil water to prepare food.  Don’t plan on actually cooking on a borrowed stove though.  We will have a fire for hot dogs and foil wrapped diners.  Breakfasts can be very simple food such as oatmeal or peanut butter and crackers.  My standby for any backpacking meal is spicy ramen that only needs hot water with chicken in tear open pouches.

Water
We are planning on doing a water drop at camp.  I am asking for volunteers to show up at 9:00 AM to truck a few gallons each back to camp.  If you are volunteering, bring a few gallons or a portable container if you have one.  Three to five gallons, depending on how much you want to carry. This means that campers will not need to carry all the water you will need.  But the amount we get back to camp depends on the number of volunteers.  For campers, bring all the water you need with you to the trail head and we can let you know about how much you can expect to get at camp, so you can leave some weight behind.  The rule of thumb is one gallon per day.  But we will have mild weather and really only be in the woods for about 24 hours.  Some of us can get by with a minimum of one gallon while others  may require more.  Please note that adult beverages are dehydrating, so if you plan on indulging, be prepared.

Facilities
We will build a privacy latrine near camp. BYOTP


Hiking out.
I will be leading a group out after we strike camp between 10:00 and 11:00 on Sunday.  Everyone is of course free to leave when they wish.  The trail is easy to follow.

Newbies
There have been several RSVP’s from first timers with HATS.  Some of whom are camping novices, as are some of our established members.  For established members, please go out of your way to introduce yourselves to members you haven’t met before.  For experienced campers, please make yourself available to share your expertise with novice backpackers.
See you Saturday
Tom
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