Talk it up-Savage Gulf
Quite a few on the BSF reunion hike and hang mentioned an interest in repeating the group at the Savage Gulf so let's start talking it up.
The Savage Gulf has it's own set of challenges-most of them administrative, in that they require permits and only let a certain number of backpackers in at any given time.
Because of the sheer number of us who expressed an interest I can see possibly one group entering at one entrance station and another group entering at another----both groups meeting up down the trail; just thinking of ways to skin their cat of restrictions.
So if interested in a spring hike and hang start chatting. We'll pick a week and go from there. Luckily its way down south and will be warmer whatever week/month chosen----HNO is reading this and thinking back to his 0F hike there!
Group backcountry dinner===if we do this let's plan a huge backcountry dinner. Shouldn't be hard for one of us to batch up a big bowl of pasta for 18 hikers! Another could carry 18 steaks HA! That would have to be one of our strongest hikers, e.g. Spamburgler! OK, a huge group feed would be a challenge, maybe not even to consider, but a backcountry buffet would be cool.
Hike prerequisites? Maybe we should state that to garner rights to the Savage Gulf hand you have to survive one night on Roan the weekend right before Feb. 11th.......well no, if we did that we'd only have 5 or 6 at Savage !!!!
March or April?
First Priority: find a Chinese buffet before the hang.
Sounds awesome! That's one place I have yet to explore, so I would definitely want to join in. As far as a backcountry buffet, I'd be in for some strawberry-rhubarb pie, trail-style.
LOL, "way down south". Somehow I'm guessing the temps will be about the same in March. I'll be keeping an eye on this one.
I have been to Savage Gulf many times, great place but you will get a visit from a Ranger, at least I have just about every time so paying attension to group size is important. Best to get a permit for each group and camp at designated sites in groups no larger than the minimum. I will try and make this one for sure!!, that is if the restrictions on who can go will let me.
I will keep an eye on this thread. If I can pull it off I will be there.
For the first ntights group cookout..... I believe there is a camp site within two miles of the trailheads at two locations.
There are plenty of hammock spots at each desigated camp. Some not as good as others.
I have never seen a ranger on the trips I made but one trip was 28 for the hight and 14 for the low. No one to be found.
Could be fun.
This link has trail descriptions and a map of the park. Also maps are available at the trail head.
Sawmill campsite is the only one down in the gorge and it easy to get to by every main trail head
I would say 90% of the time the rangers will stop by to check to see if you made it to the campsite you listed on your permit.
Last time I was there the rangers checked on a couple tenting near my hang site, if he checked on me I slept through it.
I stealthed the second night and never heard a word about it.
So what is the group size limit?
Ewker, want to be trip leader? You seem to have a lot of knowledge of the area. I think HNO also has lots of experience at Savage.
My neck of the woods Roche. There is a buffet a little north in Murfreesboro that is so good INS raided it!!!
Originally Posted by Roche
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