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    Senior Member Floridahanger's Avatar
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    FL>Hidden Pond, ONF>July 19-21, 2019>7th Annual "No Underquilt Hang"

    Watching Shug's newest vid on his Memorial Day hang in the 30's made me want to go into the Piney Woods. The problem is that we only get those temps in DEEP Winter.

    So... Let's go the opposite direction and take a trip after Independence Day. July 19-21, 2019 to be exact. I figure you Northerners are extreme to the cold side so we must take it to the hot side.

    Anyone that wants to experience Florida's beautiful Piney Woods and are willing to trudge thru triple digits, come on down to Hidden Pond off of the Florida Trail in Ocala National Forest. Try your luck hiking the FT and dodging Turkey Vultures waiting on you to fail. J/K. The worries are the bears, bobcats, cottonmouths, cactus, stinging nettles, alligators, lightning, hail.....

    It's a wonderful location at Hidden Pond. There is plenty of room for dozens and dozens of hangers. The common area between Hidden Pond and Crooked Sapling Pond almost always has a breeze flowing past it. Moving past here there are several other locations to have small groups throughout.

    The Pond is a cool treat with a beach entry that can be seen in googlemaps on the North side of the pond. The common area is on the right side of Hidden Pond as you travel South on the FT.

    This is Florida so be prepared to experience multiple climates on your hike in and throughout the stay at the pond. This is Florida so the weather changes from hot to cool to sunny showers to sever afternoon thunderstorms. This is Florida so we have calm clear skies to gale force winds to steady breeze. This is Florida so we can experience very buggy to bug-free days/nights. This is Florida, have I said that yet, so anything goes. And yes, I've had to use a UQ may times out here in Summer, YMMV.

    The hike in can start from the North at Pat's Island using the FT ~3.5 miles
    From the West at Hidden Pond Short moving East to the FT, turn right to pond ~2.5 miles
    From the South at Juniper Springs moving North using the FT ~5.5 miles

    Sooooo, Who's crazy enough to join me....

    Hanger, dates attending, starting trailhead, ETA

    1) Floridahanger, Fri-Sun, Hidden Pond Short, 9am-ish
    Enjoy and have fun with your family, before they have fun without you

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    Out of town that weekend. My summers are way too busy.
    The essential part of me can not be discussed here. Ask me in person.

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    Pretty sure I can make it. Not sure what trailhead I'll take, but should be there the whole time. Let you know more as I know.

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    No problem. Summer is definitely a busy time. Have a great time wherever you're going.
    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetkayaker View Post
    Out of town that weekend. My summers are way too busy.
    Scott, Great to see you coming back for more.


    The hike in can start from the North at Pat's Island using the FT ~3.5 miles
    From the West at Hidden Pond Short moving East to the FT, turn right to pond ~2.5 miles
    From the South at Juniper Springs moving North using the FT ~5.5 miles

    Sooooo, Who's crazy enough to join me....

    Hanger, dates attending, starting trailhead, ETA

    1) Floridahanger, Fri-Sun, Hidden Pond Short, 9am-ish
    2) Scott Adkins, Fri-Sun, ,
    Enjoy and have fun with your family, before they have fun without you

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    Senior Member Floridahanger's Avatar
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    Last year, a few guys brought a gopro and snorkels to look for the spring that feeds Hidden Pond. Anyone else thinking of bringing a snorkel/fins?

    I'm thinking yes for myself.
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    I might go just for the day to take a dip in the pond and hangout with friends.


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    Senior Member Floridahanger's Avatar
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    It'll be good to see you there.
    Quote Originally Posted by juanchoman View Post
    I might go just for the day to take a dip in the pond and hangout with friends.


    The hike in can start from the North at Pat's Island using the FT ~3.5 miles
    From the West at Hidden Pond Short moving East to the FT, turn right to pond ~2.5 miles
    From the South at Juniper Springs moving North using the FT ~5.5 miles

    Sooooo, Who's crazy enough to join me....

    Hanger, dates attending, starting trailhead, ETA

    1) Floridahanger, Fri-Sun, Hidden Pond Short, 9am-ish
    2) Scott Adkins, Fri-Sun, ,
    3) Juanchoman, Sat,
    Enjoy and have fun with your family, before they have fun without you

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    I'll probably be able to make it. I'm might actually go to juniper springs this time.

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    Woohoo. Are you going to be there until Sunday this time or leave Sat?
    Quote Originally Posted by gravey View Post
    I'll probably be able to make it. I'm might actually go to juniper springs this time.


    Hanger, dates attending, starting trailhead, ETA

    1) Floridahanger, Fri-Sun, Hidden Pond Short, 9am-ish
    2) Scott Adkins, Fri-Sun, ,
    3) Juanchoman, Sat,
    4) gravey, ,Juniper Springs,
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    I'm just outside Jax in St Johns county but can't make this event, not enough gear (yet) and I have a concert in Atlanta to go to on the 20th. I'll keep an eye out for one next year and see where I'm at then.

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