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Backpack the Paddy Creek Wilderness
Let’s return to a classic local backpacking loop, a clockwise circuit of the Paddy Creek Wilderness/Big Piney trail (outbound north segment, return south segment). $10 donation requested. RSVPs open 10/29/18 Geared for up to 10 adults with recent backpacking experience; not a trip for 1st timers, minors or participants' pets. Examine area Forest Service info: & this - Waitlist & Screening: A) Read everything & RSVP on Meetup on or after 10/29/2018, being sure to answer the question. B) Send an email to [masked] w/ “Classic Trek” & your name in the subject. C) If selected, you'll be sent a questionnaire to complete & return & might be asked to participate in an interview. Advance screening is an important step to help assure everyone has a SAFE, happy & inspired experience on trail. If you pass the screening you’ll be moved to the Meetup Going/Yes list. Logistics: A pre-trip communique w/ more details will be sent to approved participants about a week b4 we go. Participants can elect to carpool. The Outing officially begins & ends at the location designated by the Sierra Club, i.e. the trailhead. The Outing doesn't include carpooling, transportation, or transit to & from it, & each participant is personally responsible for all risks associated w/ this travel. Safety: This outing is outdoors in MO. There will be water crossings & wildlife - Bear resistant containers aren't required, but be equipped to hang your food & ALL other scented items in a scent-proof bag inside of a bear bag away from camp at night. You will need to provide your own scent-proof bag & bear bag, but can count on the leaders to bring a rope and carabiner from which bear bags can be hung - if they have some easy means of attaching to the carabiner. Hanging a bear bag - Scent proof bags - Non-Potable Water Treatment - Weather - Look at December weather averages for Roby, MO or Ft. Leonard Wood, + the actual forecast. We’ll look to avoid ice &/or snow. Hunting – we might encounter hunters. AT ALL TIMES BRIGHT COLORS ARE REQUIRED OUTER CLOTHING, e.g. jacket and cap, w/ a STRONG PREFERENCE for BLAZE ORANGE, or secondarily other bright colors. Addt'l Information: You must have (& bring) all the gear you need to be successful. Everyone will have been backpacking at least once, so use your judgement on what to bring. Don't have all the gear for this? Well, you’re responsible for everything, so better address it. Sierra Club might have loaners for MEMBERS to use on this Outing. Contact Paul Gross @ [masked] & make your own arrangements for pick up & return. We will practice LNT principles - ALL participants on Sierra Club outings must execute a standard Liability Waiver. To read the Liability Waiver in advance, go to: Sample Itinerary: Fri. Dec. 7, 2018 - meet near KC. Drive to Roby, MO & then on to the trailhead, stopping en-route for a meal. Get on trail, hike in some miles to set up camp B4 dark. Sat. Dec. 8, 2018 - backpack approx. 10+ miles and camp. Sun. Dec. 9, 2018 - complete the circuit. Depart. Opt'l group meal during the return. Video & Pics: Video & photos of the Outing might be taken for use on social media & to support club activities.

Paddy Creek Wilderness

Lake Drive · Roby, MO

Respond by: 11/23/2018
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    Our outings are planned and led by the Thomas Hart Benton ( and Kanza ( groups of the Sierra Club ( for conservation-minded people. You do not have to be a Sierra Club member to join this meetup group or participate in the outings. Outings are not limited to the KC area - the Ozarks is a common destination, for example.

    Our outings leaders are Sierra Club volunteers, and the range of outings is as diverse as their interests. Day hikes, bicycling, backpacking, paddling, and camping are common activities but you might also find us picking up trash, watching birds, clearing brush along a hiking trail, crawling in a cave, or eradicating invasive vegetation. You can feel safe knowing that our leaders must be certified for outings leadership, including the appropriate first aid training to the level of the outing they are leading.

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