Fall meetup

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  1. Juany118

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    Okay, that's cool, signs change. As for the last the State Game Lands rules are "odd" when it comes to the AT because typically you can't even camp overnight on SG Lands, to prevent commerical trapping camps, let alone park. I talked with Hunter/day hiker hiker coworkers and they said to exercise caution. Namely put a sign saying "be back tomorrow, if problem call <insert phone number>."

    Regardless, see you tomorrow!
     
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    Made it. Plenty of firewood. Beautiful site. I got bit by mosquitoes! Hopefully others will show.
     
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    Just finished packing. I can bring a hatchet and folding saw in if you think it's needed for the firewood. Let me know.
     
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    I have a saw as well. I was planning on processing some wood but it started raining pretty heavily.
    If you don't mind packing the weight your tools would be useful for sure.
     
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    Silky Gomboy and a 14" Norlund... experimenting with the 2" longer handle on the Norlund... not sure if I like it or not. I'll bring them.

    I could also bring a folding bucksaw, 24" with a 5" throat, if that would be more helpfuller.
     
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    I have my Silky 270 in my pack also. @Sbrody I am shooting for 10:30 ish ETA at campsite. See you then. If you need me to bring anything else just holler. My pack already ways to much...Lol:confused::17:
     
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    You are serious about your fire I see. Looks like trail maintenance cut down some large trees so any saw will do.
    Your choice. I'm sure there will be tools if others show up. Just a guess.
     
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    Raining cats and dogs so I assume anyone with a decent fixed blade (though just a 3.5 inch blade BK11) will be turning big sticks into very little sticks to get to dry wood. I think I will also return some of my fat wood to my fire kit. I am also bringing 5 oz of HEET for my spirit burner, which is a little overkill for an overnight, that may be of help
     
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    Forecast looks good after about 300AM, should have great weather tomorrow and the foliage is peak.
    Sorry I can't be there, have fun all.
     
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    Glad you are OK, had some rough weather move through Montgomery County last night.

    Breezy but pleasant for the next 36 hours.
     
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    That's about right. Luckily I got my tarp up before it started. I believe it was about seven straight hours of hard rain. 20181103_101644.jpg
     
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    Wow, tough conditions. Glad you didn't have to try to hike back out to your car.
     
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    What sleeping bag?
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    My bag is a 15 degree bag.
     
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    20181103_140756.jpg At the gas line cut
     
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    Appalachian trail and or National Appalachian Canal System. Anyway, the Labrador retriever thought it was the best.

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    Downstream photo from the pond dam

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    The swimming hole / pond. Two rope swings. (we didn't test them out in November)

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    Closest spring to the campsite

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    That's a nice campsite
     
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    Charlie the Labrador retriever with the white tip tail recruiting pack members.

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    It might not be bacon, but it's almost as good. Great bed of cooking coals, brats, and shrimp on the bush barbie. (we had bacon later)

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    An invasion (Boy Scout troop marching through)

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    Four miles to Hertlein camp, four miles back to the parking lot.
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    Put a fork in me, I'm done.
     
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    It lives... It took a little determination and elbow grease . :eek: Its r IMG_20181104_171701874.jpg eady for it's next adventure!
     
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    Wow! That got clean!

    Thanks to all you lot. I had a great time. Here are my pics.


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    I think this is witch hazel. I've heard it flowers late in the year. Someone tell me what it is. IMAG2591.jpg

    Utility cut where you could see the valley.
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    My spot before...

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    And after. Learned a harsh lesson about PA "soil". There isn't any. Flat space is at a premium, so I'm going to have to go back to my hammock to get up, level, and not have to drive tent stakes. Still, this quasi-plow-point worked really well in the wind, and i was warm all night. IMAG2599.jpg

    Chocolate Spatula? and Charlie
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    Charlie, just chillin' in his jacket.
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    Due to the intense rains mentioned eariler, the "trail" was creekbed for about 2.5 of the 4 miles... I never really got a "soaker", but my feet were wet... so here I am drying them before dinner.
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    Did someone say meat? Hat's off to Lyco Woodsrunner for the brats, beer, onions, and frying pan, as well as the mule deer. Kudos also to designtom for the shrimp skewers. IMAG2606.jpg

    We did the mule deer caveman style, right on the coals. i was skeptical of this method of cooking, but it was delicious! IMAG2607.jpg

    The groups standing around the fire waiting for breakfast to cook this morning... Charlie, Juany, sbrody, Chocolate Spatula? and lyco.woodsrunner. In the very back, you can see designtom's leg while he takes down his hammock IMAG2608.jpg

    Mandatory blurry bacon shot. IMAG2609.jpg
     

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    Small pool right next to my campsite
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    Charlie all loaded up, but not ready to go. He pretty much refused to leave with designtom and chocolate spatula until i showed him I, sbrody, and lyco.woodsrunner were ready to go too and sort of chased him off... then he ran up to join tom.
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    Sign for where the trail turns off to go to the highest point in Berks County, PA. IMAG2615.jpg

    Ok. Those are all my pictures. Hope you enjoyed.
     
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    Looks like a great trip. Thanks for sharing the pics.
    I'm not too far from there, I have to try to make the next one.
     
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    @Seeker , that photo is most definitely of witch hazel.:dblthumb:. I had a blast folks, can't wait for the next trip. I learned something from everybody there, and that's what it's all about. Sharing and learning.
     
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    Looks like y’all had @ blast, I can’t wait until the next one!
     
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    Indeed, an awesome trip with awesome people. Most photos have been accounted for but a couple extra
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    Looks like you guys had a nice outing, I'll be sure to pay attention to the next one!
     
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    Im glad it got all clean! Besides elbow grease and determination, what did you use?
     
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    Had a fantastic time hiking quasi-fording the creek with you guys. It was really great seeing the fall leaves. I do think we should have an official "hike and pork dinner" meetup.
    Here's some pictures I took:

    Sunlight coming through witch hazel leaves
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    The "trail":
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    Frontpage of Bushcraft Outfitters
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    Charlie, working his puppy dog magic eyes
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    Dinner
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    If you look closely, Im holding a handful of potato chips
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    It was definitely a great trip. I enjoyed the time getting to know great new people.
    A huge thanks to @lyco.woodsrunner for bringing all that meat and @designtom for the shrimp. A full belly makes me happy.
    Thank you to @Seeker @ChocolateSpatula? And @Juany118 for showing up and providing fun, candy, tylenol, battery juice, smoke, and good company.
    Here is me cooking dinner on the first night solo in the downpour. 20181102_175258.jpg 20181103_091814.jpg this is for @GreenFrog 20181103_104937.jpg look at these two hiking straight up hill. 20181105_124616.jpg boots got a little dirty. 20181104_113221.jpg
     
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    Oh and one thing everyone learned about my bacon... 20181105_104709.jpg @lyco.woodsrunner where is picture of that badass knife?
     
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    nice outing, you guys made it through a huge storm..i heard that at home and cant remember it raining so hard.
     
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    Fort at Dietrich Snyder's

    [The site of this fort was marked by the Berks County Historical Society in 1915.]

    No mention is made of this fort in the old records. It is, however, properly given on the Historical Map of Pennsylvania. In reality it was no fort, but merely a settler’s log house used as a lookout station. It will be recalled that no gap exists in the mountains between Swatara Gap and the Schuylkill Gap. Whilst the enemy generally made use of these natural passages, they also, not infrequently, crossed directly over the mountains, especially when they could take advantage of a roadway leading over them. Such was the case in this instance. Not far distant from the locality of Fort Northkill is a road leading over the mountain to Pottsville, the only one in that vicinity. On this road, at the top of the Blue Mountains, on one of its most conspicuous points, Dietrich Snyder had built for himself a one story log house, about 20 X 40 feet. From this a view of the surrounding country could be had, and the approach of marauding parties of savages, easily discovered by the trail of burning farm houses in their tracks, reported at once to the commander of Fort Northkill which stood but a mile and half, or two miles, below them. Then again this building, properly garrisoned, commanded the road over the mountains. Its advantages were so great that it is hardly likely they would have been overlooked, and we have good reason to presume that soldiers occupied the house. To corroborate this fact, Mr. D.B. Brunner was told, in 1879, by Mr. Jonathan Goodman, of Strausstown, an old gentlemen thoroughly familiar with the place, that a fort was located there. Mr. Henry Brobst, of Rehrersburg, a gentleman 73 years old, also well acquainted with the vicinity informed me that, upon the death of Dietrich Snyder, his wife still remained in the old house. She lived to be 115 years old. Upon her death the property was sold to a Mr. Miller, who tore down the old building and erected a new hotel, now owned by Mr. Harry Nine, which is still standing. [in 1916] The old blockhouse stood a short hundred yards directly north of the hotel. Mr. Brobst was acquainted with Mrs. Snyder and frequently saw the old building. Mr. Jos. Potteiger, of Strausstown, 65 years old, corroborated Mr. Brobst’s statement, and added that the house was boarded inside and not plastered.


     
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    A SOS pad, some elbow grease, then another SOS pad and some more elbow grease. LOL.
     
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    I didn't even take a photo of my new blade on our trip. I must be seriously slipping!!! I will snap one here at the house, just because, what would a group of trip photos be with out a few knife shots thrown in.:)
     
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    I had a thought, since some people missed this thread initially and I came across it at the last minute. What do people think of a "Bushcraftusa SE PA" Facebook group to help notify people of trips whether they be day trips, overnighters etc?
     
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    My idea was to keep it a closed group and when people joined they would have to identify their screen name here etc. In that way we could keep things "private" in terms of good sites (I was thinking not have little used sites overwhelmed by others due to "advertisement", hadn't thought of the Rangers) and to limit people not on the forums from coming in and using it for advertising or just to troll etc.
     
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    Oh, forgot to add the dangers of such a Meetup, people putting ideas into your head.

    @designtom and his pack having me now adding an SMD Fusion pack to my short list,

    @Sbrody having me crunch numbers as I consider a tarp/bivie set up for solo trips.

    @designtom, and Charlie himself, inspiring my fiancee, and soon to be step-daughter, to tell me "we want a dog just like Charlie", after they saw the photos and heard of his most excellent personality.
     
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    And last photos. My personal trail angels drove the hour, one way, to drop me off and pick me up. The munchkin got her first hike on the AT.

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    Don't even remind me of the mud on that one half of the trail lol. Glad I wore the Danners, instead of my Altra Lone Peaks because my feet stayed dry, but since they are a combo of nubuck leather and nylon it's a little bit more intentionally in terms of maintenance to preserve breathability and the letters itself.
     
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    The Pinchot trail is really nice southern loop
     
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    How was your sleeping there looks like 6 rock free feet would be hard to find.
     
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    If you "subscribe" to the PA and/or MD (and or any other state) subforums, you get notifications automatically when someone posts a trip there.

    You could always just PM everyone involved as well, once you have a core group that you like.
     
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    I tried to clear what rocks I could. I slept on a bunch. I used a poly cro ground sheet and thermarest Xtherm mattress which I highly recommend. I was slightly concerned about puncturing it but it worked out great.
    It is a very durable and warm mattress.
     
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    @HalfTreaded
    I was just kidding. I like to test my limits but I don't like to freeze. I'm not sure why I never took a picture of my sleep system. I will next time.
    I had a sleeping bag, liner, and bivy.
     
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