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protus
02-09-2011, 07:26 AM
Ok folks here we go again.

Location-
Central florida, Ocala national Forest. Florida trail

Dates- Mid March. Est. dates are the 18-20th. The exact dates will be updated in the next few days/week.

Distance- total 10-24

Terrain- Snad scrub,pine flats,oak hammocks

Weather- Right Now expect anything from 90f to 30f avg for that time is 50-72f.


about-




The hike will start at juniper springs and continue on the FT. There are several camping areas we will be able to use during the trip, the majority with water sources near by. Base camp is normally at the midway point and manned by a team of folks that know the AO , and are like minded. This also allows for people to stop by and meet/greet others from their AO, or to day hike in or out to the main hiking group as they wish. In other words people can come and go as they want, or camp as they want ( car camp/hike).

Base camp location will be posted once the exact trail plan is laid out.

There is no other requirements. Just make sure you have your gear sqaured away and are ready to walk! These hikes are very easy, there is no set pace, no speed, nothing crazy. We have a wide varity of folks that attend these gatherings. From teenagers to senior citizens to wives/gril friends.

Here is some FAQ that seems to come up alot-

is there a water source- Yes. Bring a filter or tablets, as on trail its in the form of lakes,rivers,marsh

Where can we park ,is it secured- Yes parking at juniper is secured but will cost a day use fee. This will be posted once i update(it has chnged 3 times since last years) but avgs between 5-10$ per car.

Can i bring my kids- yes, but remember we will be walking close to 5-10 miles the 1st day. Be considerate of the other hikers, this is why there is the base camp,day hike options.


do you know the way-
Yes. I have been hosting survival hikes twice a year in the ONF since 2003, most of the base campers know the AO very well, as do several of the core hikers.If we get lost its because we got sucked into a worm hole or black hole and spit out in la la land.


What kind of gear should i have-
food,water and shelter. A water filter and tablets is a must(if all you have is tablets im sure someone will loan a filter if need be), decent sleep gear plan on 40f. Good shoes,and socks. Food, of your choice. Backpack of your choice.

Are firearms allowed-
This is my take on it and how i will conduct this camp. Follow all state,local and federal laws for the AO that this hike is being done at. No gun play. Agian, follow the law. But use commonsense to ensure your safety. Not to sound harsh, but waving around your new desert eagle and being unsafe may lend you to be hiking alone real fast ! I dont tolerate stupidity with firearms at my events. If you want range time there is a range on FR88, your welcome to use it. To be short, KNOW the law,follow it and remember this IS NOT a full battle rattle type of event!


If anyone has any other questions please post them up or contact me via IM/PM?email

I will update base camp info and dates once they are set in stone.

Hawkeye
02-09-2011, 08:56 AM
I always wanted to visit la la land, but if I do, I'm doing it in full battle rattle.

jloneill17
02-09-2011, 08:59 AM
I wish i could go, but i'm getting married that weekend. you think think she will be ok with changing the date? j/k hope you have fun

Cimarron
02-09-2011, 09:25 AM
I always wanted to visit la la land, but if I do, I'm doing it in full battle rattle.

"battle rattle"?
Could you explain this for us nooobies? :p

Cimarron
02-09-2011, 09:32 AM
Man I would love to go to something like this and "rough it" with the guys from S&P but there is not a chance of it happening at this time. Maybe in the future...

Hawkeye
02-09-2011, 10:09 AM
"battle rattle"?
Could you explain this for us nooobies? :p

Think, full gear loadout as if going to a fight. Chest rig, handgun belt, pack, handgun, carbine/rifle, etc...

Cimarron
02-09-2011, 11:28 AM
I got ya, thanks Hawkeye.

protus
02-09-2011, 02:01 PM
I wish i could go, but i'm getting married that weekend. you think think she will be ok with changing the date? j/k hope you have fun

LOL

my wedding was set back 2 weeks so hunting season could be over ;p LOL
if not half the groomsmen and me wouldnt have been there ............LOL

Patriotic Sheepdog
02-11-2011, 10:25 PM
I wish i could go, but i'm getting married that weekend. you think think she will be ok with changing the date? j/k hope you have fun
Why change the date, just move the service to the woods, LOL. You could have the honeymoon with a lakefront view, plenty of wildlife to hear and see, moonlit dinner and good friends. I'm sure someone can build you a threshhold to carry the bride across if needed.

Patriot Prepper
02-17-2011, 11:48 AM
Are dogs allowed?

I have an 8 pound dog that I carry in a pouch in the front of me. If she causes any problems, I would go my own way.
I usually avoid National Forests when I backpack with the dog, because their rule are usually more stringent. If you know whether dogs are OK, let me know.
Thanks!!!!

protus
02-17-2011, 01:28 PM
Are dogs allowed?

I have an 8 pound dog that I carry in a pouch in the front of me. If she causes any problems, I would go my own way.
I usually avoid National Forests when I backpack with the dog, because their rule are usually more stringent. If you know whether dogs are OK, let me know.
Thanks!!!!



Far as i know there is no rule in the ONF about dogs. Though it more than likely boils down to being considerate of your fellow hikers/campers ( noise, doggie landmines etc)