John Rock Backpacking Trip 2013

Long Trek:

The Troop met at the church at 5:30 and we gave out the tents and stoves for us to divide up. Soon after that we hit the road for the trip, we got there at ten o clock pm we gathered our packs and hit the trail for a little over a mile hike into our camp site. We broke up into two groups Friday night. Saturday morning the nine longer trek guys set off for the hike to the other campsite. About half way through the hike we had lunch. After that we dropped our packs and climbed John Rock.2013 Backpacking John Rock It was about a three mile hike up and down. After that we got our backs and went on. We went about five miles and stopped at a shelter to refill our water bottles. Five of us went to the campsite before the rest. It was about two more miles to the campsite. When we all got there we put up our tents and had dinner. After dinner we all shared our favorite scout memories around the camp fire. Sunday morning we packed up and got on the trail to the parking lot. When we got there we sat around for about an hour for the shorter trek guys. We hiked 13 miles that weekend.

On our way home we stopped in Asheville and stopped at the McDonald near Biltmore for lunch. It was really fancy with chandeliers and a self playing piano. All and all it was a great trip with great weather.

By: Will

Base Camp:

After packing up at the church, we climbed into the cars. It was a 3 hour trip. After we got to the parking lot we slung on our packs. It was a long and muddy walk up. There were a bunch of cross roads but we picked the right ones. When we finally got to Cat Gap, We had to switch campsites because other people were there. We caught up with the guys that where doing the 10 miler. They helped us put up our tents and then headed on up the trail.

Le and Mr. Scott were the first ones up the next morning. They lit up their stoves and were already having a pretty good breakfast when everyone woke up. After that the hot chocolate became GOLD because it was so cold. After breakfast, we got some food in or small packs and a few other essential things. It was a pretty boring hike, punctured only when we switched leaders or found a cool landmark. After awhile we found Mrs. Martone making coffee. She encouraged us on. After awhile, people started getting short of breath. After a painful 500 meters we reach John Rock. Then we had a wonderful lunch of dried stuff, bars, and water. Then we went on to a cold, rocky ledge. We took a nice long break. We took a different way back to base camp so we could purify water.

We took about 50 tries to get our fire going..2013 Backpacking John Rock We then cooked up some food, Then Mr. Scott told a few riddles, and encouraged everyone to join in. Then he told us about the death of Edgar Allen Poe. Then we turned in for the night.

The next morning we ate breakfast. Then we did a patrol line and picked up trash got packed up and headed down the mountain way faster then going up. We caught up with the 10 milers did a circle up and prayed. We loaded up the cars and headed home.

By Le

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