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Backpack The Ozark Trail Full Middle Fork Section
Plentiful water from Spring fed rock bottom creeks and brooks with waterfalls to 12 feet. Mix of hardwoods and pines. Becoming an Ozark Trail Association favorite. Saturday 6miles, Sunday 10.8, Monday 5.6Total mileage 22.4 Difficulty Moderate. Must have all gear and previous backpacking experience and be a known member of Peoria backpackers OR contact Becky H. or myself to discuss going on trip. We will set a meeting date prior to the trip to make sure all new participants have proper gear and know what they are in for. Cost should only be for transportation to and from and possibly camping for those who wish to drive down the night before. More info on Carpooling and possibly driving down the night b4 and camping to be discussed soon. This is a point to point backpacking trip that we will shuttle ourselves. Once we leave the trailhead there will be no turning back. Your backpack will have to contain everything for 3 days and 2 nights, your tent or other shelter, sleeping bag, mattress/ pad. You will be expected to supply your own food and means of preparing it. There will be no bathrooms, outhouses of any type. You will be expected follow leave no trace rules and Ozark trail rules when disposing of human waste. All other items packed in will be packed out. Water is plentiful from the creeks, brooks and streams but will have to be filtered and or purified. If you need help with any equipment please let us know B4 the trip. The average high temp in March where we will be is 57 average low 34. A sleeping system that will keep YOU warm down to 20 to 30 degrees f is a good bet with clothing to keep you warm to the same. If it gets colder at night you can always sleep in all your clothing layers. Dont forget rain gear, headlamp, tp and if you sleep near my tent earplugs! I will try to keep my distance. Trails in Missouri can be rough with lots of ups downs rocks and roots mud and stream crossings the trail is rated moderate and will not be easy for some but will be rewarding for all. There are spots for twelve backpackers on this trip. RSVP end time Wednesday February 28 at noon. Pretrip Meetup at Becky's place 1344 East Hillcrest Place Peoria Sunday February 18 at 2pm attendance is required if you have not done a backpacking trip with us before

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Welcome to the Peoria Backpackers Meetup Group. If you like the outdoors as much as we do, and love sitting around the camp fire telling tall stories, this group is for you. Come join us as we trek out into the Wilderness. We will learn the basics of backpacking, including gear, clothing, and meals. WE have a fun group of people that will keep you laughing and having a good time.

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