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Upcoming trips, a Social!, backpacking pillows

John
xJohnL
Group Organizer
Plainfield, IN
Hello everyone!
Hope everyone is warm and dry!

Several new members have joined us, some local and looking for new faces and trips, a few just having moved here, some from northern Indiana and at least 1 from Ohio that I know of.  Welcome to all of you!

We have some upcoming trips that you should take a look at.  This weekend is Eagle Point Buttress in Red River Gorge.  The view from EPB are gorgeous.  You can see the Red River for miles.

There is a 1 or 2 night (your choice!) trip on the 15th in Deam Wilderness.  There are some folks going on the 14th I believe so you can make it a 2 night trip if you want.  Deam always offers some new places to explore and some excellent backpacking.

March 21 we are headed over to the River to River Trail in southern Illinois.  We'll hike from One Horse Gap to Garden of the Gods.  This is a new trail for me and I believe for most of use so well be seeing some new places and hopefully planning more trips in the future.

A social gathering of backpackers!  Kyle has setup a social for our meetup group on Fri. Feb 7th at BW3's in Castleton.  Kyle reports that they will take up to 140 in a group but he needs to let them know by Jan 30th.  Be sure and RSVP for this by then!

Do you carry a backpacking pillow?  I don't.  I generally will use a rolled jacket, water bottle or whatever I can find.  I actually used my trail running shoes one time..don't really want to do that one again.  So it got me to wondering what other people do for a pillow.  What do you use?

You can post the answer to that, ask questions or just get to know other people in our group in the Discussions sections here: http://www.meetup.com/backpackers-149/messages/boards/­ or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/649911785031501/­.

I had an email from Lawson Kline of http://­lawsonequipment.com­ thanking us for the business we sent him for the Sawyer Mini's.  Shipping is a little delayed.  You should have had an email from him regarding that.  Lawson tells me that his goal is to introduce 1 new product a week  and have introductory sales on those.  I am looking forward to what he comes up with next.

Everyone have a great week!

See you on the trail,
John

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A former member
Post #: 7
I have debated on a pillow but never purchased one. I can't recall a time I couldn't put a few things in a stuff sack to make one. This past weekend I used my down sweater jacket. It stuffs into its own pocket and makes a great down pillow. In summer pillows can be a bit thinner but I always manage.
Kyle M.
user 64213372
Indianapolis, IN
Post #: 35
http://www.rei.com/pr...­

This is what I use. Those that have met me know I don't care about weight. Further comments about it will not change me.
Finn M.
user 15657781
Valparaiso, IN
Post #: 6
I ball up my jacket and/or stuff some clothes into a stuff sack for a pillow. Used to use a slumberjack pillow that compressed down and packed with my sleeping bag pretty well, but have found a bunched up bit of fleece clothing works just as well, and since I have to carry the clothing anyway...
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