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Fox Cities Backpackers Mission Statement

The Fox Cities Backpackers Meetup group exists as a cooperative effort of its members to provide a gathering place for people who share the common interest of backpacking. We pool our time, talents and resources to facilitate backpacking trips and provide resources for our fellow members. We share our knowledge and skills with fellow backpackers and learn together.

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Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws

Please read the bylaws before you participate in any of our events! This is our governing document and you will find answers to many of the question you may have about the group and how it is organized and run within the bylaws.

Link to Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws (https://drive.google.com/file/d/11dVIoeLKJqzOX3frr700XsAhlqoASjiO/view?usp=sharing)

Liability Waiver

In addition to signing up for an event an affirmative Yes or Attending RSVP also signifies that you understand the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement which you signed when you joined Meetup.com including the waiver of liability it contains and understand that participation is at your own risk. It also signifies that you agree to abide by the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws including the Code of Conduct found therein. If you are not familiar with the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement or the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws do not sign up until you are. A link to the Meetup.com Term of Service agreement can be found below. A link to the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws can be found above. If you are unable to locate these documents or need help understanding what they mean an organizer would be glad to help.

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Fox Cities Backpackers Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is a great place to ask questions, buy sell and trade gear, share ideas and destinations, post and view backpacking related articles and videos and stay up to date with group activities.

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Resources For Organizers

Trip Posting Tutorial (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L8iU9PvXFt92Fr_ufwIpFeTXHGMWvkW4/view?usp=sharing)

Trip Fee Calculator (https://drive.google.com/open?id=17cEzRWNrSFYb6ZbN3cBM6n_KFy2Czpvd) (Follow link and open with Google Sheets to fill in blanks and use)

Upcoming events (4)

KVR (Kickapoo Valley Reserve) Trip - BEGINNER

Wildcat Mountain State Park

$35.00

A Yes/Attending RSVP also signifies that you understand the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement including the waiver of liability it contains and understand that participation is at your own risk. It also signifies that you agree to abide by the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws and Code of Conduct found therein. If you are unfamiliar with these documents do not sign up until you are, an organizer can help you locate them. This is a BEGINNER LEVEL trip open to any skill level.* *The average low for these dates is 32 F. There is a real possibility of overnight temperatures falling below freezing meaning this could technically become an intermediate level trip. Considering that the first night is car camping and that for the second night on the trail we should be about a mile from a vehicle it will remain a beginner trip. However, you should be aware of your limitations and that of your gear and it is your responsibility to know how they compare to the forecast! OVERVIEW Total distance will be about 19 miles, 10.2 Saturday and 8.7 Sunday. The first night will be car camping at Wildcat Mountain State Park. The second night will be spent at a primitive site in the KVR with no facilities, be prepared to filter water and dig a cathole. The terrain of the area is that of the driftless region with hills, valleys, bluffs and outcroppings. The trails seem to be fairly well maintained and will include some noticeable elevation changes. KVR HISTORY/BACKGROUND Here’s a very quick background on the KVR. In the late 60’s a dam was to be built near LaFarge primarily to control flooding on the Kickapoo River with the added benefit of tourism tied to the newly formed lake. Through eminent domain the government acquired the land that would hold this new lake. Construction on the dam started, then the EPA was formed and work on the dam was halted due to environmental concerns never to be restarted. Everybody was angry at someone! 18 million spent, people forced off their land, land speculators hurt and no flood control. The land remained under control of the Federal Government until finally transferred to the state at the end of 2000. There’s much more information here on the KVR website: http://kvr.state.wi.us/About-Us/History ITINERARY FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2020 We will gather Friday evening at Wildcat Mountain State Park in Group Site A (formerly group site 1), which is the first of the group sites you will pass on the drive back and will be on your left. There will be no specific meeting time instead arrive as your work/travel schedule permits. I will purchase firewood for a fire. SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2020 - HALLOWEEN Halloween Costumes Are Encouraged!!! I'll try to find a prize from the gear giveaway bag for an award. Once everyone has had breakfast and is packed up we will fill out our permits. Then we'll shuttle as many vehicles as possible to our ending point at the KVR Visitor Center. To do this we will drop any passengers and our packs at our starting point which is the trailhead on Hay Valley Road at Bridge 6/Campsite U. Then all vehicles and drivers will head to the visitor center to drop vehicles and pack into as few vehicles as possible to head back to the trailhead. (Running this trip in conjunction with an intermediate trip traveling the opposite direction we may be able to drop each others cars and swap back keys on the trail.) Traditionally we have also dropped a vehicle near our camp for the night on Highway P with some firewood. Unfortunately the amazing river site we've stayed at in years passed has been removed along with other sights subject to flooding. Our goal will be to stay in site E which is about a mile past Highway P. Distance for the day will be 10.2 miles with a convenient half way stop at the Rockton Bar. Other than the year they were closed for a wedding we have stopped there for a quick lunch and beverage break. Other highlights include a climb up BlackHawk Rock to enjoy the best view in the reserve. Following the hike we will enjoy an evening campfire. If I can I will scout out the site ahead of time to figure out if there is available firewood to collect or the logistics of stashing or carrying in firewood. SUNDAY NOVEMBER[masked] Distance for the day will be 8.7 miles. Highlight for the day will be a lunch break with a great view along the Hanson Rock Lookout Loop. We'll finish up at the visitor center and shuttle people back to their vehicles as necessary. Anyone wanting to join in a post hike meal can meet back at the Rockton Bar. GENERAL INFORMATION Average Temperatures - High = 50 F Low = 32 F Sunrise (Approximate) - 7:30am Sunset (Approximate) - 6:00pm Several different seasons are open during this time and we usually see some hunters! FEES Trip fee of $35.00/person will cover: Group site at Wildcat Mountain State Park for 1 night - $47.75 KVR campsite permit for 1 night - $15.00 KVR individual hiking permits (includes parking) - ($5.00/day) $10.00/person Meetup fees ($5.00/night) - $10.00 Firewood - 40.00 Trip fee will not cover: WI State Park Sticker LINKS/FILES KVR Route Map With Mileage (PLEASE PRINT OR SAVE A COPY TO YOUR PHONE) https://drive.google.com/file/d/12q8BIqKQFvYF-INsd5tlol47HEBIdAOy/view?usp=sharing Wildcat Mountain State Park https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/wildcat Wildcat Mountain Map http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wildcat/pdfs/wildcatmap.pdf Wildcat Mountain Campground Map (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wildcat/pdfs/wildcatcampmap.pdf) Wildcat Mountain Group Camp https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wildcat/pdfs/groupcampmap.pdf Kickapoo Valley Reserve Site http://kvr.state.wi.us/Home Kickapoo Valley Reserve Map http://kvr.state.wi.us/Documents/Maps/RecreationMaps/VisitorGuideMap.pdf Past KVR Meetup pages and pictures 2012 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/82350512/ 2013 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/140443162/ 2014 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/211145282/ 2015 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/225692569/ 2018 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/254691051/ As always, feel free to contact me with any questions through the meetup page.

KVR (Kickapoo Valley Reserve) Trip - INTERMEDIATE

Wildcat Mountain State Park

$35.00

A Yes/Attending RSVP also signifies that you understand the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement including the waiver of liability it contains and understand that participation is at your own risk. It also signifies that you agree to abide by the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws and Code of Conduct found therein. If you are unfamiliar with these documents do not sign up until you are, an organizer can help you locate them. This is an INTERMEDIATE LEVEL trip open to INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED members. OVERVIEW Total distance will be about 27 miles, 14.4 Saturday and 12.7 Sunday. The first night will be car camping at Wildcat Mountain State Park. The second night will be spent at a primitive site in the KVR with no facilities, be prepared to filter water and dig a cathole. The terrain of the area is that of the driftless region with hills, valleys, bluffs and outcroppings. The trails seem to be fairly well maintained and will include some noticeable elevation changes. KVR HISTORY/BACKGROUND Here’s a very quick background on the KVR. In the late 60’s a dam was to be built near LaFarge primarily to control flooding on the Kickapoo River with the added benefit of tourism tied to the newly formed lake. Through eminent domain the government acquired the land that would hold this new lake. Construction on the dam started, then the EPA was formed and work on the dam was halted due to environmental concerns never to be restarted. Everybody was angry at someone! 18 million spent, people forced off their land, land speculators hurt and no flood control. The land remained under control of the Federal Government until finally transferred to the state at the end of 2000. There’s much more information here on the KVR website: http://kvr.state.wi.us/About-Us/History ITINERARY FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2020 We will gather Friday evening at Wildcat Mountain State Park in Group Site A (formerly group site 1), which is the first of the group sites you will pass on the drive back and will be on your left. There will be no specific meeting time instead arrive as your work/travel schedule permits. I will purchase firewood for a fire. SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 2020 - HALLOWEEN Halloween Costumes Are Encouraged!!! I'll try to find a prize from the gear giveaway bag for an award. Once everyone has had breakfast and is packed up we will fill out our permits. Then we'll shuttle as many vehicles as possible to our ending point at the Hay Valley Road trailhead at Bridge 6/Campsite U. To do this we will drop any passengers and our packs at our starting point which is the KVR Visitor Center. Then all vehicles and drivers will head to the Hay Valley Road trailhead and pack into as few vehicles as possible and head back to the visitor center to start. On the way we may want to drop some firewood near our campsite for the night. (Running this trip in conjunction with a beginner trip traveling the opposite direction we may be able to drop each others cars and swap back keys on the trail.) Our goal will be to stay in site S just off Highway 131. Distance for the day will be 14.4 miles with a convenient stop at the Rockton Bar with about 1.5 miles left to the campsite. Other than the year they were closed for a wedding we have stopped there for a quick lunch and beverage break. Highlight for the day will include a break along the Hanson Rock Lookout Loop to enjoy the view and a side trip to BlackHawk Rock Overlook to enjoy the best view in the reserve. Following the hike we will enjoy an evening campfire. SUNDAY NOVEMBER[masked] Distance for the day will be 12.7 miles. Hiking the area to the east of Highway 131 will include several water crossings. From my memory there was nothing deep but I remember crossing one of them barefoot and it being a bit painful from the broken rock that was placed there to prevent the horses from mucking up the creek. We'll finish up at our cars at Hay Valley Road and shuttle people back to their vehicles as necessary. Anyone wanting to join in a post hike meal can meet back at the Rockton Bar. GENERAL INFORMATION Average Temperatures - High = 50 F Low = 32 F Sunrise (Approximate) - 7:30am Sunset (Approximate) - 6:00pm Several different seasons are open during this time and we usually see some hunters! FEES Trip fee of $35.00/person will cover: Group site at Wildcat Mountain State Park for 1 night - $47.75 KVR campsite permit for 1 night - $15.00 KVR individual hiking permits (includes parking) - ($5.00/day) $10.00/person Meetup fees ($5.00/night) - $10.00 Firewood - 40.00 Trip fee will not cover: WI State Park Sticker LINKS/FILES KVR Route Map With Mileage (PLEASE PRINT OR SAVE A COPY TO YOUR PHONE) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uNO0xtf-qSj5fIjaMz3Gs5xhKYXh59tV/view?usp=sharing Wildcat Mountain State Park https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/wildcat Wildcat Mountain Map http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wildcat/pdfs/wildcatmap.pdf Wildcat Mountain Campground Map (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wildcat/pdfs/wildcatcampmap.pdf) Wildcat Mountain Group Camp https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wildcat/pdfs/groupcampmap.pdf Kickapoo Valley Reserve Site http://kvr.state.wi.us/Home Kickapoo Valley Reserve Map http://kvr.state.wi.us/Documents/Maps/RecreationMaps/VisitorGuideMap.pdf Past KVR Meetup pages and pictures 2012 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/82350512/ 2013 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/140443162/ 2014 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/211145282/ 2015 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/225692569/ 2018 KVR Trip https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/254691051/ As always, feel free to contact me with any questions through the meetup page.

Kettle Moraine North 7-8 mi Open to all levels -

Division Road

$30.00

Details OVERVIEW: My trips don't just use the regular Ice Age Trail routes or cover the same old areas that are normally posted. Unlike some of my previous hikes, this hike is suitable for all levels and there will be no bushwhacking. This is just an easy weekend stroll in the Kettle Moraine State Forest North and staying in backpacking shelter 3 & 4. Overall the distance will be about 8 miles for Saturday and about 6 miles on Sunday.. ITINERARY FRI November 6th - Arrive and hike in 1/4 mile to shelter 3 as your schedule permits. Parking is located on Division Rd. about 1 mile east of Dundee and 1/2 mile south of "F", it’s a small parking lot on the west side of the road, tuck your cars in close. There are areas to pull off the road if needed and we will shuttle vehicles at a convenient time Fri evening. Make sure to check the posted link. You will need enough water to get you through breakfast and we can fill up at our cars again in the morning. SAT November 7th– After a no hurry, hardy breakfast we will pack up and head north for 7-8 miles. We will wander around on different trails that hopefully will get us to Shelter 4, where we’ll spend the night. I should be able to drop firewood at or near the shelters ahead of time so plan on another evening around a warm campfire. SUN November 8th – After breakfast, we’ll start our 6-mile hike. The Parnell Tower parking lot is in route so we can fill up on enough water to get us to our vehicles, about 5-6 miles to the east-northeast. GENERAL INFO: Shelters have a pit toilet/outhouse and sometimes toilet paper. You’re welcome to sleep inside the shelter; it will accommodate 5 people on the benches and more on the floor or sleep in a quieter cozier environment in your own tent outside. I have 1st dibs on a corner spot. Water is not available at the shelter. To get credit for advancement you must carry your shelter and other gear. Participation for this trip will be limited to 10 persons based on the DNR shelter (site) occupancy limit. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES: High 62 F, Low 46 F. Be aware that these are historic averages and actual temps can go either way. FEES: $20 Your trip fee covers: Shelter Reservation ($18.00/night) - $36.00 Reservation Fee - $7.75 Firewood $40.00 Meetup Fee $10.00 LINKS: Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit Map (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/PDFs/kmnmap.pdf) A Yes/Attending RSVP also signifies that you understand the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement including the waiver of liability it contains and understand that participation is at your own risk. It also signifies that you agree to abide by the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws and Code of Conduct found therein. If you are unfamiliar with these documents do not sign up until you are, an organizer can help you locate them.

Newport State Park, Door County - open to all levels (10 miles)

Newport State Park

$30.00

Hello Backpackers, This meetup is open for all levels. If you're a beginner and want a gear shakedown, please contact Sheila and Holly via Meetup messenger. We plan to be in parking lot #1 by the park office at 3:00 to do a very quick shakedown to make sure everyone has the minimum gear. It has snowed in early November, so pack for warmth. The plan is to leave the parking lot by 3:30 - 4:00 and head to the campsites. We will be in sites #8 and #9 for those that come later. The hike to the site appears to be a little over two miles from the parking lot. Friday night we will set up, socialize and get comfortable with our gear and tents. Please pack 2 x evening meals, 2 x lunches ( or 1 as Sun is optional) and 2 x breakfasts. Saturday morning the plan is to hike 10 miles on the Europe Bay trail. This hike does require you to wear a fully loaded pack the entire distance to qualify towards advancement to intermediate status. The park offers a number of trails, so for anyone who has trouble with the distance, there are ways to head back to the site early. Sunday you are free to head out whenever you would like. If people want to do another hike in the morning, we can discuss and plan that on Saturday as there are several other trails in the park. A WI STATE PARK STICKER IS REQUIRED. You will need an annual park sticker to park in the lot, or consider carpooling. The fee includes the site and firewood. If you have questions about what to bring or gear, you can contact Sheila and Holly by using Meetup messenger. A Yes/Attending RSVP also signifies that you understand the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement including the waiver of liability it contains and understand that participation is at your own risk. It also signifies that you agree to abide by the Fox Cities Backpackers Bylaws and Code of Conduct found therein. If you are unfamiliar with these documents do not sign up until you are, an organizer can help you locate them.

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October Social Overnight Camping at High Cliff SP (All Levels)

High Cliff State Park

$10.00

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