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Look for leprechauns while backpacking the Irish Wilderness over St Patrick's weekend. Participation will be limited to about 8 people. Get on the waiting list here (preferably) or by email to MichaelR42@runbox.com. Once you're approved, I'll move you to the YES list.
Outings like this are one way our local Sierra Club group raises money to fund operations. A donation of $10 would be gratefully accepted.
Trail map: http://www.ouachitamaps.com/Irish%20Wilderness.html
We'll form a carpool for the 6-hour drive when we meet Friday AM. Ideally, we will have multiple vehicles and set up a shuttle. The alternative is to hike an extra 3.5 miles on Sunday. Note that carpooling is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for such arrangements and assumes no liability for them.
The basic plan:
Day 1: Meet south of KC, sign liability waivers, try to leave by 8 AM. Stop for food, fuel etc as necessary. Arrive in Irish Wilderness area around 2PM. Set up shuttle vehicle. Hike-in from Camp Five trail head 5 miles to Fiddler Spring. Arrive 5:30-6 PM with sunset at 7:10 PM. Day 2: Hike 6-7 miles to Bliss Spring with a detour to the White's Creek float camp. Day 3: Hike out 5.5 miles to Brawley Pond. Gather vehicles, drive home with a stop for lunch. As usual, we'll Leave No Trace (and that means a lot more than just carrying out our trash).
Don't have all the gear for a backpacking trip? No problem, we have some available for loan (http://missouri.sierraclub.org/thb/outings/ELL/index.html) to Sierra Club members for use during our outings.
During the sign-in process all participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, please go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/
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