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Monday, November 28, 2011

Gregory Bald Backpacking Trip

(November 19, 20, 21, 2011)
Saturday morning the Scouts and adults participating in this adventure gathered at John Knox Presbyterian Church at 6:00 a.m. to pull gear and get ready to depart. We left the church approximately 7:00 a.m. with cool temperatures and clear skies.

We arrived at the trailhead and began our hike. 5 miles in on the Twenty Mile trail, we stopped for lunch where the AT comes into this trail. We had our first taste of Philmont Food. Canned ham was enjoyed by most of the scouts. After lunch we continued to Burch Spring Gap, and climbed an abandoned fire tower where we were able to see Lake Fontana. 6.1 miles hiked for the day.

Uneventful evening. Camp was set up. Another Philmont meal of beef, potatoes and corn was prepared and enjoyed by most.

Sunday morning’s breakfast skillet was good. Camp was broken down and we began our hike in heavy fog. Drizzle began mid morning. Our miles for the day were 6.8. We set up camp using the “Philmont Way” at Sheep Pen Gap. Medium rainfall during the night didn't keep unknown critters from our campsite. The next morning, Hank’s water container was found ripped open 20 feet from the campsite in a thorn bush. Nathan’s water bottle was found 20 feet from camp under a log.

Monday morning was cold as we broke camp and prepared to leave. The weather started to change with dark clouds forming. The rain began as we crossed the first bridge and got heavier during the last two miles of the trek. EVERYTHING was soaked. Total miles 7.2

Everyone was glad for dry clothes and a hot meal at Wendy’s as we traveled back to Marietta.

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