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    Hike & Hang NJ Pine Barrens Batona Trail 12/9 to 12/11?

    Previously posted in another thread but I thought I'd post a new thread:

    Does anyone want to hike & hang the NJ Pine Barrens 12/9 to 12/11? I'm starting at Batsto Village on Friday afternoon between 1 and 3 pm, then hiking to Lower Forge Wilderness Camp approx. 7.5 miles away. Kayak Karl has expressed interest, but he would come after work and hike in at night. Dylan might also join, and a couple of others have expressed interest.

    Friday night at Lower Forge, then Saturday morning hike to Batona Camp, another 7 miles away and spend Saturday night 12/10 there. Depart Sunday 12/11.

    For Friday night 12/9 at Lower Forge, I think you have no choice but to hike in (though you could probably canoe or kayak) to this wilderness campsite from either Batona or Batsto - no car access. However, for Saturday nite, you can drive into Batona Camp.

    Kayak Karl suggested this route as a pre-hike for the NJ Winter Hang 2012 in January. As soon as he mentioned it I was interested, but I'd rather know the Pine Barrens a bit better before committing. Therefore this hike gives me a lay of the land, a trial run, because conditions are likely to be much different in January. I call it a pre-hike of the pre-hike. And I also get to test out my Hammock Gear 20* Burrow and Phoenix!

    The Batona trail is easy hiking, flat as a board, though the trails are quite sandy. The Pine Barrens remind me of the northern panhandle of Florida, with plentiful water and sandy soil. The uplands are pine with a smattering of oak, while the lowland riparian areas have lots of white cedar. And at night, the stars are so bright. I would imagine the Pine Barrens have the lowest light pollution of anywhere in NJ.

    This will be my third trip to the Pine Barrens in a month. I can't believe I have lived in NJ for 21 years and never camped or hiked there (I have canoe'd). It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and it's hard to believe it's in New Jersey.

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    I'm absolutely a definite maybe. My schedule says yes, my wife says I can go, but my back is saying "we'll see." I should be good to go by next weekend.

    Lower Forge is a very nice spot. It's as if the trees were placed with hammock camping in mind.
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    I'm an absolute definite maybe. Just got my Hammock Gear 20* Burrow and Incubator and they're begging to be taken somewhere other than the back yard.

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    got to check my Santa schedule, but Kaia is a definite. you can pick her up Friday.
    P.S. SHE can hike in the dark.
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    It's looking good for me - but I'll likely not be able to join till the evening. Is there a place to take a look at trail maps and such? I'd likely do what Karl is planning, and need to hike in later in the day. So I'd need to know where to park and which direction to head.

    Still waiting to see what my wife has to say. We have a one month old, and she's still debating whether she feels up to handling a couple nights all on her own with the little guy. Not that I really do much but provide moral support and occasional relief for her arms ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentorpheus View Post
    It's looking good for me - but I'll likely not be able to join till the evening. Is there a place to take a look at trail maps and such? I'd likely do what Karl is planning, and need to hike in later in the day. So I'd need to know where to park and which direction to head.

    Still waiting to see what my wife has to say. We have a one month old, and she's still debating whether she feels up to handling a couple nights all on her own with the little guy. Not that I really do much but provide moral support and occasional relief for her arms ...
    here's a link to other links

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ghlight=batona

    we would start at Batsto
    http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandf...on.html#trails
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    im thinking i will be at Batsto 4pm this Friday. 12/9
    hiking to fower forge
    Saturday to Batona
    Sunday back to Batsto
    "Tenting is equivalent to a bum crawling into a cardboard box, hammocking is an art" KK

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    Be safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingdad View Post
    Be safe!
    Wow, two myths in one show! The Jersey Devil myth, and the lie detector accuracy myth. They should have gone all out and used a Ouija board and a tarot card reader to verify if the Jersey Devil is real.

    Thanks for that link - pretty funny stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    im thinking i will be at Batsto 4pm this Friday. 12/9
    hiking to fower forge
    Saturday to Batona
    Sunday back to Batsto
    You hiking back to Batsto on Sunday?

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