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Minister Creek, PA Beginner Backpacking Trip First Planning Session

Ok, so this is the first planning meeting for the Minister Creek, PA Beginner Backpacking Trip. Here, we will discuss what gear you must have, what gear you may like to have, the actual date of the trip, whether or not the group wants to have community food (and quite frankly, this is somewhat dependent upon El Cap being able to make the trip, but we will discuss the details), and hopefully setting up some carpooling.

I will be bringing some examples of gear so if you are planning on buying and/or upgrading, hopefully, these examples will give you a better idea.

I'm not sure how long the meeting will last, I plan on people asking a lot of questions, but I can't imagine it being more than an hour or so. The actual trip to Minister I've hiked numerous times before, so I know exactly what we'll be doing for that. This is really just to iron out some of the finer details, with an emphasis on gear, to ensure you understand what you'll need to have a fun time in the backcountry.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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  • Petra

    Thanks Bill for a great meeting. I don't know what exactly you had planned, but I thought it was fine.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • William A. W.

    Sorry this didn't go exactly as I planned, but I hope everyone had a good time. Please, if you have questions about gear, I'm a true gearhead, so I'd be more than happy to offer suggestions or advice. I will separately be posting a document which will break down the bear minimum of what you need for this trip. Again, please, if you need to borrow something from me, you need to let me know ASAP if you haven't already. Thanks to all that attended. I had a great time meeting and talking with everyone!

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Nick!

      Bill, you did a great job putting this meeting together and talking about gear. It was great to see the gang again. We missed you, Cap! (a.k.a Mike)

      2 · February 19, 2014

    • Leah

      It was great! Thanks! You are very helpful :)

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • Nick!

    Bill, sorry for the short notice but I would like to offer up a couple additional ideas to add to the meeting agenda:

    - mass transportation: El Cap, Erik, and I have been throwing around the idea of renting a passenger van, such as a U-haul

    - day hike: at least one before the trip at a nearby trail like CVNP, MetroParks, etc.

    My vote for the trip date is both weekends :) But if I had to choose just one date, I'll go with April 4-6

    See ya tonight!

    February 19, 2014

  • Anita

    Just think'n maybe something you'd want to do to build up for a more demanding challenge. Or even a reward for accomplishing such a trip! Either way hope you will all consider.

    February 19, 2014

    • Petra

      There are also trails and campsites

      February 19, 2014

  • Anita

    Sounds like a great trip! If I were 20 years younger...checked for cabins even imagined an RV. Need to get back in shape even though rough'n it is no longer something my spoiled ways I adore. In the mean time Mohican has some great accomedations. For low cost we could get a very affordable, luxurious log cabins for a large group! Even an indoor pool!

    February 19, 2014

  • Kimberly

    Sorry I cannot make the meeting tonight but would like to be included in the loop of information , I want to do the trip!

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have another engagement Wednesday evening, but hope to read follow up comments and learn from them. If trip is too late, I may not be able to attend

    February 18, 2014

  • Courtney

    I am going to have to cancel for tomorrow. I would like to vote for the last weekend in April though. Hopefully I can catch the next meeting!

    February 18, 2014

  • Heather N C.

    will try to make the meeting

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting you all! I'm 90% sure I'll be able to make it right now, and I'll update you all if anything changes.

    February 13, 2014

    • William A. W.

      Looking forward to meeting you too...

      February 14, 2014

  • Edwina B

    I'll be in Utah skiing some awesome powder!!!

    February 14, 2014

    • William A. W.

      Let us all know how that was on the actual trip :)

      February 14, 2014

  • Darwin M.

    Hey Bill this trip sounds great. Unfortunately I am not sure if I can make the trip yet, but would like to attend the meeting anyway.

    February 10, 2014

    • William A. W.

      Well, I do hope you can make it. Nonetheless, your input at the meeting would be invaluable. Looking forward to seeing you again.

      February 10, 2014

  • Kai G.

    Unfortunately my Wednesday evenings are usually booked; can't make it to this meeting.

    I'd like to ask if anyone would mind if I brought my 10yr-old daughter along. She has camping experience (in temps colder than Zaleski) and I'm sure she could keep up on a beginner trip like this (and I'd be solely responsible for her). If so, I'd vote for the Apr. 4-6 weekend.

    February 5, 2014

    • William A. W.

      Kids are fine from my standpoint, so long as 1) you are responsible for them and 2) they can keep up with the group. I actually think kids are great and on a trip like this, I think its a good learning experience. So, yes, your daughter is more than welcome :) I'll take note of your vote for the trip at the meeting.

      February 5, 2014

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