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Dolly Sods Backpacking Weekend

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dolly Sods, West Virginia
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 18 2007  6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, May 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Tue, May 15 2007 12:59 pm
Event Duration:weekend
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:7
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow. Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow. Hey, at least its not the French National Anthem. Because then, itll be fighting words. But, Dolly Sods is suppose to be a little piece of Canada in our own backyard. You have to see this place to really appreciate it.

For those hearty souls willing to backpack out to Dolly Sods, here is the low down:

Well meet up Friday night and carpool out there, stopping at some place to grab dinner. Well car camp at the Red Creek Campground. Its primative, meaning there will be water there and pit toilets. Hopefully, there will be still be open sites. If not, well just have to kick some boy scouts out. Afterall, they should have respect for their elders. Isnt that part of the boy scout code? Give respect to the geezers?

On Saturday morning, well break camp, park our cars and make our trek down some trail. Well hike about 4-6 miles (maybe less, maybe more) and find a nice cozy campsite. There are plenty along the way, and I know the perfect site right next to a nice brook (read, when I get tired, well just stop). Once there, well set up camp, then go for a day hike. Your fearless leader will have maps and will NOT get you lost. So, if you question whether we are lost, the first time will be met with a stern glare, the second time, a growl, and on the third time, you will be hung by your toenails on the nearest palm tree until you acknowledge my leadership skills.

On return to the campsite, well make a large glowing fire, dance naked around it, and howl at the moon. Well not really, so get your mind out of the gutter. Well just do the normal, boring campsite things, like make dinner and have good conversation. You are not suppose to build a campfire because there are still unexploded ordnance. But, well build one anyway. See no evil, speak no evil. One of us will just have to volunteer to jump really hard up and down on the place where well build the campfire. Sunday morning we will pack it up and hike back to our cars.

For more info: Dolly Sods

Required Items to Bring:
backpacking gear: see Gear checklist
food for all meals
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
water filter
alcohol for your hike leader
dark chocolate

How to Get There:
Event Directions:To be posted
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 pm
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions

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