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The temperatures are dropping and it's time for the crazy, adventurous overnight-backpacking trip. So pack your gear and nip the turkey fatigue in the butt...This one will be a 15 mile loop, and we'll be camping in the back country of the rugged and stunning Butterfield Trail. The trail is rated as strenuous (but not as hard as the ERL)and total elevation change will be 2000 feet. There'll be scambling and slick rocks involved, possibly wet creek crossings.
I doubt that I'll be hiking in with 24 eggs and fresh herbs to prepare a gourmet breakfast this year, but count on spiked hot chocolate, smores and on spontaneous entertainment being provided at night. Maybe Irene will even take a icy bath under the waterfall. Or maybe Mike's roar will finally attract the puma lady he's been wishing for. But remember: What happens on the trail, stays on the trail. And I am not talking about waste. :)
Needles to say (you'd think), cold weather sleeping bag, mat, hiking boots and food & water supplies will be a minimal requirement. If you want to go but don't have all the gear get with us and we'll try to help. On trips like this, there's no "winging" it. Further, participation is, as always, at your own risk.
I am looking forward to it! If you are proud owner of an GPS, I recommend you get that route programmed, that would help us navigating as the trails branch off a lot and are often interpretive.
May the adventure begin...