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OCB trail notes Nov 2018

From: Phil
Sent on: Monday, November 19, 2018 12:23 PM

Hey all!  Happy Winter! (late fall, seemed like winter last week)!!

Don't forget to join our own Face Book group, link below.  That's really where any conversation takes place.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/792915437396018/

Right now we have some great winter camping tips, learned the hard way, during winter camping suffer-fests.

We just got back from a Seneca Cr trip, where it rained, then snowed, then got really cold (at least 10F before the gauges went dead), but at least we were able to get a great fire going both days, in spite of everything being completely and absolutely drenched.

It's hard backpacking in the rain, let alone freezing rain, and it's hard to hike and camp in the snow, but rain then snow then super cold together, takes a special sort of crazy person.  I keep saying NEVER AGAIN, and yet there we were, there I was, sigh.

If you take the rain out of the equation, winter is one of my favorite times of year to backpack.  The routes are a bit shorter, the packs a little heavier, but the beauty of the forest is absolutely awesome!  If you a lucky enough to be out camping in the snow, and the wind happens to go away and you're left with the silence...It's magical!

Of course, if you're camping next to a stream (for water) , it won't be too quite, but calmness can be found just a short walk down the trail.

(sorry for the long letter, I should put this in my blog!)

Anyway, happy holidays, and try to get at least one winter trip in this year.

And don't forget to join our own FB group!

regards

phil (Chief)

ps - message me your trail name so I can add it to your profile.

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