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    The camp was great. Not too warm like first year...

    The camp was great. Not too warm like first year ,not nearly as cold as last year. Cold enough to be a little challenging about 12 inches of snow ,moonlight shining on the snow at night for some...
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    Did you go up this weekend Mark? If so ,how close...

    Did you go up this weekend Mark? If so ,how close were you to hoist Lake recreation area?


    Donk you know we are going to CarP Lake this year same as last year right? Looks like a number of us...
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    Looks like a good weather pattern forming up....

    Looks like a good weather pattern forming up. Three or 4 inches on the ground in Grayling now. Looks like only one day above freezing between now and the campout. With quite a bit more snow forecast...
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    Bummer, I couldn't wait to see what kind of...

    Bummer, I couldn't wait to see what kind of outfit you had to wear around the campfire this year. Also I want to check out your monster under quilt .Could your underquilt make it ?
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    This is shaping up to be a pretty big camp ...

    This is shaping up to be a pretty big camp .There is a group on Facebook called Michigan outdoors looks like it is going to produce a number of campers as well. So if it's numbers you're looking for...
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    Here is link to camp of 2014 . Everything the...

    Here is link to camp of 2014 . Everything the same except we only hiked to Carp Lake instead of Byron lake . About half as far for us old timers .
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    Sorry about the lack of info. I'm operating off a...

    Sorry about the lack of info. I'm operating off a smart phone right now and it's a little tough to load stuff up. I think I'll post a link to last year's outing which is everything is just the same ....
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    Once you guys get your kinks worked out. You...

    Once you guys get your kinks worked out. You might think about doing the blood route trail in February. We have had snow five years in a row now. I admit 2012 wasn't much but it was enough to pull a...
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    Another fella and I were talking about getting...

    Another fella and I were talking about getting stuck in the parking lot up there. I told him this, the first year I drove my four-wheel-drive three-quarter ton up there, the parking lot was nicely...
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    I think the week later date might help us if the...

    I think the week later date might help us if the winters going to be warm .

    Same sight as last year which is carp lake in the hoist lake wilderness area .

    I think Vince measured eight or 9/10...
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    Dave , I thought you'd finally make one .

    Dave , I thought you'd finally make one .
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    Huron National Forest Annual Deep Freeze .

    Third annual deep freeze . Last year had perfect conditions at -5 and plenty of snow .
    Link http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/163948-3rd-Annual-Huron-Deep-Freeze-Camp
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    It was actually kind of fun due to the warm temps...

    It was actually kind of fun due to the warm temps right until that lightning started hitting . Like one of the guys said you could feel the percussion from the strikes .
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    Man what a thunderstorm , should say lightning...

    Man what a thunderstorm , should say lightning storm Friday night . Reminded me much of being under a mortor barage which is not fun . Had to be hitting the trees around campsight two IT WAS LOUD ....
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    I got into a hive of ground hornets one time and...

    I got into a hive of ground hornets one time and ended up jumping in a lake . They held their breath and when I came up for air started buzzing around me again . Stubborn little suckers .
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    Well Im headed out now to try and bag a couple of...

    Well Im headed out now to try and bag a couple of squirrels for the stew Fri night . Show up if you've a mind to . Should be about 6 or 8 guys at last count .
  17. Did somebody say FOOD .

    Did somebody say FOOD .
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    I think I might try and pick one up . I like to...

    I think I might try and pick one up . I like to graze the sample booths anyway . If you make a long enough circuit they forget they already gave you a sample .
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    I think Hoist Lake is a tradition now . We...

    I think Hoist Lake is a tradition now . We revised it last year so the hike was geezer friendly . Id be interested in the November hike too . Do you have a thread started yet ?
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    JSalamonie Lake Indiana . Showing exact campsight...

    JSalamonie Lake Indiana . Showing exact campsight and Warren exit 278 on I 69

    Red = non interstate automobile .
    Blue = foot power to campsight
    Green = boat to campsight

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    Im not much of a hiker at any time . There are a...

    Im not much of a hiker at any time . There are a couple of little valleys but for the most part an easy trail . Matter of fact Ill probabley be bringing my bicycle with trailor since my back and feet...
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    Yes the Blood Root trail is at Salamonie Lake ....

    Yes the Blood Root trail is at Salamonie Lake . The trail ranges about 7 miles down the south side of the lake and is one of the very few back pack friendly spots north of Indianapolis . It is exit...
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    Northern Indiana Camp Sept. 17 thru 20

    Camp at the Blood Root again . Come , don't come there is no try . Just kidding .
    If interested ask about directions .
  24. Here is the shortcut trail from the 2nd parking...

    Here is the shortcut trail from the 2nd parking lot . This lot is about a mile and change east of the fire tower on your left .

    You will see a trail headed north east from the parking lot ....
  25. ID > April 17 18 and 19 on the BLood Root Trail North Indiana

    Unfortunatly this coinsides with the Hoosier Hang . I did not pick the date so sorry . If you want to attend please PM me and Ill give you directions . I spose HH will be attending the HH which is...
  26. Really pretty trip . Still , we had a lot of snow...

    Really pretty trip . Still , we had a lot of snow on the ground on the Blood and no rain . Really got warm Sunday but lots of sunshine so not bad .
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    TRIP REPORT . At least I think it's the last ....

    TRIP REPORT .

    At least I think it's the last . Melting fast as we left on Sunday ( last pic ) . HomeMadeHiker and I prove once again that hammockers and BCUSA folks are compatable . Wer'e the only...
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    Last Snowy Outing on The Blood Root

    At least I think it's the last . Melting fast as we left on Sunday ( last pic ) . HomeMadeHiker and I prove once again that hammockers and BCUSA folks are compatable . Wer'e the only two hanging on...
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    Accuweather says chance of rain Sunday . Not...

    Accuweather says chance of rain Sunday . Not Saturday for Huntington which is closest city and that's scattered .
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    Expect snow mobile trails which make it a lot...

    Expect snow mobile trails which make it a lot easier, per last winter .

    Of course knowing Mark he'll avoid anything that might make it easier .
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    It is a really beautiful hike with lots of...

    It is a really beautiful hike with lots of ravines and cool views of the resevoir.



    Welcome all newcomers to the camp . Be aware Indiana doesn't waste tax dollars on silly things like plowing...
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    Pay special attention to the blue line and the...

    Pay special attention to the blue line and the black line on the topo . Black line doubles or triples your hike , which you may like . Blue line is really a little service road that begins behind a...
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    We'll be doing a spring camp about April 15 ....

    We'll be doing a spring camp about April 15 . Come on down then why don't you ?
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    Exit 278 on 69 just seems to be at the end of the...

    Exit 278 on 69 just seems to be at the end of the driveway compared to Grayling .
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    I knew I could count on you Zack. Chris should be...

    I knew I could count on you Zack. Chris should be there along with a couple of other guys.
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    North Indiana , Feb 7 , Bloodroot Trail .

    A few of us are going to do the Bloodroot again this Feb. 7 . Looks like it'll be lows in single digits possibly and should be some snow . Come on down .
  37. I was talking to Donk about that . He was saying...

    I was talking to Donk about that . He was saying 2 miles which is about 1 mile beyond my limit I think . ( hey Im 67 and not as trim as I once was ) .
    The smoker was impromptu as was the turkey ....
  38. I think it's almost more challenging when the...

    I think it's almost more challenging when the next day you barely get out of single digits . If I wouldn't have had my super big parka and bibs , Id have been cold the next day for sure . I also...
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    Had mine down to minus 5 this last weekend but...

    Had mine down to minus 5 this last weekend but not with the black bag . I use another M 1945 as a top quilt .
    Toasty warm . With black bag not so much IMHO .
  40. Dang I wanted to check out your setup before you...

    Dang I wanted to check out your setup before you booked out . Can't hardly see it in that Michigan camo .

    Looks like your new tarp also needs no stakes . That is one of my goals .
  41. Looks beautiful up there . I learned some stuff...

    Looks beautiful up there . I learned some stuff on our Lower Peninsula camp at -5 . I finally got the little ice crystal snow shower off underside of the sock in the morning . My sock cover is...
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    Probably do a hang at the Blood Root in February...

    Probably do a hang at the Blood Root in February if it's wintry enough .
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    Not really . Trail was established on Thur. then about 3 or 4 more inches fell but trail was well packed . Maybe if we'd have come in Sunday morning, shoes would have been marginally helpful about 6...
  44. Probably do a Feb on the Bloodroot if weather...

    Probably do a Feb on the Bloodroot if weather permits ( not warm , not rainy )
  45. Vince you should know better then most that you...

    Vince you should know better then most that you can't teach an old retired dog new tricks . I can't get anything to post on what do you call it ? google something . Anyway here are my pics .

    An...
  46. Well I've tried to use the google thing . You...

    Well I've tried to use the google thing . You should know better then anyone that you can't teach an old retired dog new tricks . I can't get the photos to blow up . The thumbnails are too dinky for...
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    There is a pond about 3 or 4 hundred meters from...

    There is a pond about 3 or 4 hundred meters from campsight 2 , not shown on any map . The water in that pond is much clearer then the resevoir and we have been filtering that for a water source . If...
  48. Looks like a perfect winter hang . I really got...

    Looks like a perfect winter hang . I really got buried last winter with my 3/4 ton 4x4 in February . Found out trucks can't use the same trails as snowmobiles . We got it dug out but took up a lot of...
  49. Ive read comments on the Mn. hang about folks...

    Ive read comments on the Mn. hang about folks concentrating so hard on their sleep systems that they forget to pack adequate clothing . Highs only 11 or so on Friday . Be sure to pack a wind breaking...
  50. I think the hooch will be handy . I've got quite...

    I think the hooch will be handy . I've got quite a bit of extra reflective under slab insulation too . Might pick up a roll of visqueen too for giant super shelter if needed .
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