Ted and Ruthann Flor will take us on their amazing trip with photos and stories. We will see the inside passage, Juneau and the Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway and the gold rush town. Also, they will take us to Ketchican and on a float plane trip to Misty Fjords with a landing on a mountain lake! This will be a fun trip so please join us.
We will order supper from the menu at 6pm so bring money if you plan to eat there. The program will start at 7pm
REVISION: PADDLING WILL BE ON SUNDAY. I'M JOINING A HIKE ON THE TRESTLE TRAIL ON SATURDAY.
Leader: MikeD; Location: Sparkleberry Swamp (upper Lake Marion) SE of Columbia; Rating: Moderate
Appeal: Look at the previous pictures (http://www.sparkleberry.com/photogallery.htm); (more pictures (http://www.carolinabergs.com/photos/11960692/)). A very large beautiful cathedral like area of a submerged forest of tall trees to paddle in.
Requirements: Experienced paddlers only. Canoes or Kayaks. Participants to provide their own boats and gear and transport thereof.
PFDs will be required at all times. (Why? (1) Allligators (2) Submerged hazards (3) I can explain the rest later if needed.)
Hazards and difficulties: alligators have been seen (or is that an "appeal"), submerged stumps; there are NO real trails and it all looks the same; A very large area to get confused in; convenient potty stops may be rare (its almost ALL water)
Subject to cancelation if Lake Marion (https://www.dnr.sc.gov/pls/hydro/river.dataform?stnid=02171000) is below 74 feet.
Game plan: Please plan to have your boat in the water at the put-in at 11:00 am (See this route (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=I-77+S&daddr=34.31185,-81.0023+to:34.21873,-80.69486+to:Sparkleberry+Landing+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FUwNGAIdklkt-w%3BFaqOCwIdxAAs-ymNHjjD2BpWiDGc4DAjE0ETrw%3BFeoiCgIdtLEw-ymrqHjyFPlViDFSBRWqWBGY7A%3BFYs-AgId-h0z-w&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=10&via=1,2&sll=34.357042,-80.881348&sspn=0.528304,1.20163&ie=UTF8&ll=34.22574,-80.70269&spn=0.066141,0.150204&z=13): drive time about 2.5 hrs from SOUTH Charlotte.); Paddle 4-5 hours; Take out about 3-4PM. Carpool arrangements on your own. Consider the challenges of consolidating boats on cars when planning the time requirements. I will likely arrive a day or two early and stay a day later with BBQ on Sat night. (There is a very interesting Rail Trail partially completed across the swamp for Sunday.)
Please email me if there are any questions (please do not post questions on the signup page.)
Please say in comments what you will paddle, and if you have space in a canoe or if you can carry extra boats on your car.
Day two is to explore the Wateree swamp section of the Palmetto Trail (Rail Trail with long elevated board walk and numerous trestles) by bike or on foot. Look for pictures from last spring.
Please supply answers to the FOUR pop up questions when you signup.
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Looming high over Marion and the North Fork Catawba River Valley, Bald Knob and Dobson Knob form a whale-like ridge that stands separate from the mountains of Linville Gorge. Even though these peaks lie within Pisgah National Forest, this area is largely unknown to the casual hiker. The only maintained trail running through this area is North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail . We will head east from the North Fork of the Catawba river crossing the river on a pedestrian bridge then climb 2000 ft to the top of Bald Knob. This is an out and back hike that clocks in at approx. 10 miles. There is a longer option that would go on to Dobson Knob and adds about 2 more miles to the hike. Since I have never done this hike we will do the shorter version saving the longer version for another day. I would rate this hike as Strenuous to Very Strenuous due to the elevation gain. We will stop for food and drink on the way home.
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Trip Organizer: Tom Arrigo__ Activity Type: Day Hike_ Difficulty Rating: Moderately Strenuous__________ Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain has been a navigational landmark for centuries, and is a recreational landmark as well, offering miles of trails, camping, climbing and spectacular scenery. The mountain summit remains the principal park area, connected to the Yadkin River section by a 6.5-mile trail corridor. An extensive trail network is augmented by a bridle trail and a canoe trail section on the river. Rock climbing and rappelling are allowed on portions of the park’s steep cliffs, and those cliffs perched around the mountain’s summit offer seemingly endless views of piedmont, Sauratown Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains. We will begin our hike at the Pilot Mountain State Park Office. We'll hike along a mostly forested Grindstone/Ledge Spring Loop Trail, around the Pilot Mountain pinnacle, and back to the Park Office. We'll have great views as we climb up from the Piedmont floor and we'll be entertained by rock climbers as we circle the pinnacle. Bring a lunch to enjoy as we either watch the climbers and the view over the Piedmont. This hike is 6.1 miles long and gains 1400 feet of elevation; thus, it's moderately strenuous. We should be back at the meetup point between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. *************************** Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)
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