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    Wanna hang in the Pine Barrens? - 12/29-30 Batona Camp, NJ

    Anybody want to hang in the Pine Barrens 12/29-30? I'm really getting to like the Pine Barrens 'cause it's flat, beautiful, and plenty of water. And it's piney!

    I'm gonna drop my car at Batona Camp on 12/29 and hike south to Lower Forge (6 miles) or Mullica River (7.5 miles) Wilderness Camp. It's a stretch of trail I've been wanting to check out.

    On 12/30 I'm gonna hike back north to Batona Camp and overnight. My three kids, 20, 18 & 12 years old, may drive down and join me at Batona, but I seriously doubt it. Probably going to knock out a day hike to Apple Pie Hill on 12/31 before heading home.

    KYBob has said he's coming. I'm bringing extra Amsteel and KY Jelly so he can demonstrate his unique way of making whoopie slings.

    All are welcome!

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    KYBob is testing out his full length Hammock Gear 20* Incubator UQ and I'm testing the Hammock Gear 20* Burrow and 3/4 Phoenix UQ. Temps in the low 30s, so it's not much of a challenge. However, I have been getting CBS on the left butt cheek every morning at 5 am. Need to explore the problem.

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    Heading out in the AM. Will probably be at Lower Forge by 4 pm or so.

    Will be at Batona Camp probably by noon on Friday 12/30 if anyone wants to join!

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    Have fun. I haven't been there since I was a scout in the early 70's. Always a winter trip. We used to cut fire roads to help out the forest service. I'd imagine scouts can't do that kind of thing anymore.

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    Times are indeed different - I used to clear roads for the YMCA back in Alabama. Learned how to operate chainsaws and take down 100 ft. trees when I was 13. We didn't even wear hardhats.

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    The kids are coming! Gonna hike to Lower Forge tonight, then meet the 20, 18 and 12-year old kids at Batona on Friday. I'll have two hammocks hanging for them and a tent. It's great to get the kids out in the piney woods!

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    Aw man, I totally missed this thread. Otherwise I would have popped down. Woulda been cool to check out Lower Forge. That's what I get for not checking the trip planning forum.

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    It was great - nobody at Lower Forge, and only one other group camping at Batona.

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