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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.

For additional information see our full about page (http://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/about/)

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.

Click here to review the Meetup.com Terms of Service. (https://www.meetup.com/terms/)

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.

Link to Fox Cities Backpackers Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/foxcitiesbackpackers/)

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 (5+)

South Kettle Moraine Hike (BEGINNER)

Pinewoods Campground

$20.00

Two night camping with backpacking on the Ice Age Trail in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest. Meet at Group Campsite D in Pinewoods Campground at you availability Friday evening. Saturday morning we will pack up our backpacks for a training hike and shuttle to a road crossing of the IAT to hike back to the campground. Target distance is ~9mi (parking lot at Hwy N), but distance can be adjusted by group consensus. Saturday night we will again camp at Group Site D. Sunday morning we will take a hike of group's choice distance on the Scuppernong trail loops (loops can be created anywhere from ~2mi to 5mi or more by linking multiple loops). Optional group brunch before heading home late morning or early afternoon. Cost of $20 includes: a split of the campsite reservation fee and a $10 meetup fee. Cost does NOT include (and attendees are responsible for providing their own): WI park sticker (required for parking lots), transportation cost, camping/hiking equipment, and food. See WI DNR website for maps of the IAT and Scuppernong Trail systems: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kms/ If you have any questions, please contact me (Michelle) through meetup messenger. *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 Terms of Service agreement or the Bylaws, do not sign up until you are. If you are unable to locate these documents, an organizer would be glad to help.*

Cinco de Mayo 2019 (BEGINNER)

Parnell Tower

$30.00

Please read the entire description before signing up! This is a BEGINNER level trip open to any skill level. This two night trip in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest features one night at a shelter and one in a group site plus a taco bar. Total mileage is around 9 mi. FRIDAY MAY 3 We will not hike as a group, instead arrive and hike in to Shelter 4 as your schedule permits. Parking and water are available at the Parnell Tower lot (parking sticker required). To shelter: Up steps from the parking lot, at top turn left onto the Parnell Tower Loop (PTL) and head west, turn right toward north at intersection with Ice Age Trail (IAT), the IAT passes Shelter 4 just before loop and IAT separate. (Outhouse located down hill to west) Participants may wish to coordinate vehicle shuttling Friday evening before hiking in. SATURDAY MAY 4 Shelter 4 to Greenbush Group Site 2 = 8 miles. Depart from shelter back towards the parking lot and tower using the PTL. Instead of turning right to parking lot we turn left up to the tower and make the climb to enjoy the view. First leg = 1 mi. From the tower we continue counter clockwise on the PTL another 2.5 mi back almost to Shelter 4. When the PTL and IAT meet we will turn right to head north on the IAT. Follow the IAT north for 4 mi to the Greenbush Trails main parking lot. There is a well just northwest of the lots on top of slight rise. The northwest corner of the lot area is also where the road to the group camp sites can be found. Follow the road to the west from the lot and take a right at the first intersection. Group Site 2, is located a short distance down this road. Upon arrival at the group site set up your tent, relax, enjoy a beverage and prepare to eat some tacos. The taco feast includes an assortment of hard and soft tacos, ground beef, beans, cheese and a wide variety of other toppings. Plates, napkins and utensils will be provided. As always help with the prep and cleanup is appreciated. The evening will conclude with a campfire. SUNDAY MAY 5 No formal plan, hit the road early, sleep in, plan to meet for breakfast or hike some trails. GENERAL Average temperatures for early May are highs in the mid 60s and lows around 40. The DNR limits us to 10 vehicles at the group site, no parking on the grass! Bring luxury items such as a camp chair or a cooler for Saturday night and leave them in your vehicle until then. Feel free to drive back to the group site to drop gear but again remember we are limited to 10 vehicles. Parnell Tower lot, group site and Greenbush main lot all require a parking sticker. FEES: Include shelter and group site reservations, firewood, organizer stipend, meetup fees and taco meal. Participants may opt out of the taco meal but should do so at least a week prior if wishing a refund of the $7.50 meal portion. LINKS: Map 1 - PTL https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KPOC4yzY3xxAPINo5oj4rWtSEYwblVpY Map 2 - IAT Shelter 4 to group camp https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yBYwntUgPxy1sIGwBkYXiHgMw1ikLgI_ Map 3 - Greenbush Group Camp https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rPQ1DjlctQQ4yAUXyyrcCFzEkFY5-EQ7 Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/PDFs/kmnmap.pdf Greenbush Hiking Trails: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/pdfs/kmngreenbushtrails.pdf) 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. If you are unable to locate these documents an organizer would be glad to help.

Cinco De Mayo 2019 (INTERMEDIATE)

Zillmer Loop System Trails

$30.00

Please read the entire description before signing up! This is an INTERMEDIATE level trip due to distance and is open to INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED members only. OVERVIEW Friday night, hike in approximately 1 mile and spend the night at Shelter 6. Saturday, hike approximately 16.5 miles to Greenbush Group Camp site 2 and stay the night there. Sunday, leaving options open to continue hiking or head home. Average temps for this time of year, high of 65° F, low of 40° F FRIDAY MAY 3rd Assemble at Shelter 6 located in the Zillmer Trails area in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. There won’t be a set meeting time, instead arrive and hike in as your schedule permits. Please park in the Zillmer Trails area southern parking lot located of off County Highway SS; we will shuttle vehicles from there in the morning. THIS LOT DOES REQUIRE A PARKING STICKER, a self-registration station is available. Shelter 6 is located about a mile from the parking lot. Start on the green trail and follow it to the right (counterclockwise on the map) to the first bridge. At this point the green trail loops back toward the parking lot while the red trail continues on. Follow the trail on either side of the stream a very short distance southwest to the second bridge. From the north side of that bridge the signpost and path to the shelter should be visible looking to the northwest. Everyone should bring a tent. Although we have a shelter available to us here our site for Saturday night has no shelter SATURDAY MAY 4th Our overall distance for the day will be 16.5 miles hiking from shelter 6 to the group site #2 at the Greenbush Group Camp. In the morning we’ll hike out approximately a mile from shelter 6 to the Zillmer Trails area south parking lot. From there we can use the well to replenish our water. From there we’ll road walk SS approximately half of a mile where we’ll pick up the Snowmobile/Bridle Trail and take it 2.5 miles to Division Road near shelter 3. From there the hike is a bit more straight forward following the shelter spur to the Ice Age Trail and following the IAT to the Greenbush Trails area. Follow the signs to the Greenbush main parking lot, if you hit Kettle Moraine Drive, you’ve gone too far. At the northwest corner of the parking lot is a well. From that corner of the parking lot there is a gravel road leading to the group sites. Follow the road back and take the first right, site #2 is not far. Along the way there will be a well and hand pump at Butler Lake where we can get water and take a short break. Shelter 4 might be another good place for a break. After shelter 5 there is another well and hand pump but if you have any water left continue on to the well at the Greenbush parking lot. CINCO DE MAYO TACO BAR (Optional) Upon arrival at the group site set up your tent, relax, enjoy a beverage and prepare to eat some tacos. The taco feast includes an assortment of hard and soft tacos, ground beef, beans, cheese and a wide variety of other toppings. Plates, napkins and utensils will be provided. As always help with the prep and cleanup is appreciated. To opt out of the taco bar please let the event organizer know at least a week prior. The evening will conclude with a campfire. SUNDAY MAY 5th There won’t be anything scheduled but options include packing up and going home, shuttling cars and hiking some more of the IAT or taking advantage of the nearby Greenbush Hiking Trail loops. FEES Your $30.00 participation fee INCLUDES shelter and group site reservations, meetup fees, taco bar meal and firewood Saturday night. Your fee DOES NOT INCLUDE a parking pass LINKS Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit Map https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/PDFs/kmnmap.pdf Zillmer Trail Area Map http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/pdfs/kmnzillmertr.pdf Greenbush Group Camp (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rPQ1DjlctQQ4yAUXyyrcCFzEkFY5-EQ7 Greenbush Hiking Trails http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/pdfs/kmngreenbushtrails.pdf In addition to signing up for an event an affirmative Attending RSVP also signifies that you understand the Meetup.com Terms of Service agreement you signed when you joined Meetup.com including the waiver of liability and understand that participation is at your own risk.

Cinco de Mayo 2019 - SATURDAY ONLY

Greenbush Group Campground

$25.00

Please read the entire description before signing up! RSVPing to this page reserves a spot for you Saturday night at the Greenbush group camp only. IT DOES NOT RESERVE A SPOT FOR YOU FRIDAY NIGHT AT ONE OF THE BACKPACKING SHELTERS! (If you have already RSVPed for one of the three shelters for Friday night you already have a spot at the group site Saturday night and do not need to RSVP to this page.) FRIDAY NIGHT CAMPING Participants signing up to this page are responsible for their own camping accommodations for Friday night. Camping is available nearby at the Mauthe Lake Campground and the Long Lake Campground or participants could choose to arrive Saturday morning. I'd suggest participants coordinate amongst themselves to reserve and share sites. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/camping.html#mlcampground SATURDAY HIKING Participants can hike with one of the three groups leaving from a shelter providing their skill level matches or exceeds the skill rating of the trip they're joining. Participants must contact the trip leader for the hike they wish to join so that the trip leader knows you're joining them and you can find out where and when to meet with their group. Parnell Tower Parking Lot to Shelter 4 to Greenbush Group Camp 9 miles (Beginner) Fox Cities Backpackers Trip Leader: Randall Schultz Link to Event: https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/255674658/ Zillmer Trails South Parking Lot to Greenbush Group Camp 16 miles (Intermediate) Fox Cities Backpackers Trip Leader: Mike Venditti Link to Event: https://www.meetup.com/backpackers-150/events/260201004/ Shelter 3 to Greenbush Group Camp 12 miles (Intermediate) Chicagoland Backpackers Trip Leader: Kenneth Klemm Link to Event: https://www.meetup.com/Chicagoland-Backpackers/events/259195648/ OR... If we have several people wanting to stay at Mauthe Lake you may wish to form your own group and hike to the Greenbush group camp from there. Mauthe Lake Campground to Greenbush Group Camp 16miles (Intermediate) No formal group leader SATURDAY GROUP SITE Upon arrival at the group site set up your tent, relax, enjoy a beverage and prepare to eat some tacos. The taco feast includes an assortment of hard and soft tacos, ground beef, beans, cheese and a wide variety of other toppings. Plates, napkins and utensils will be provided. As always help with the prep and cleanup is appreciated. The evening will conclude with a campfire. SUNDAY MAY 5 No formal plan, hit the road early, sleep in, plan to meet for breakfast or hike some trails. GENERAL Average temperatures for early May are highs in the mid 60s and lows around 40. The DNR limits us to 10 vehicles at the group site, no parking on the grass! Bring luxury items such as a camp chair or a cooler for Saturday night and leave them in your vehicle until then. Feel free to drive back to the group site to drop gear but again remember we are limited to 10 vehicles. Greenbush parking requires a parking sticker. FEES Include group site reservations and firewood, meetup fees and taco meal. Participants may opt out of the taco meal but should do so at least a week prior if wishing a refund of the $7.50 meal portion. LINKS Greenbush Group Camp https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rPQ1DjlctQQ4yAUXyyrcCFzEkFY5-EQ7 Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/PDFs/kmnmap.pdf Greenbush Hiking Trails: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/pdfs/kmngreenbushtrails.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.

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