Feb 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm #1299321
Im looking for someone to go backpacking with in zaleski state forest.Feb 20, 2013 at 11:37 am #1956458
Northeast Ohio here, but I know that several groups frequent Zaleski. You might try the Northeast Ohio Backpacking Club to hook up with a trip or organize one. Not sure if there are similar groups in other areas of Ohio.Feb 27, 2013 at 11:43 am #1959301
Cincinnati here. This is the forum you need to ask on:
RogerFeb 28, 2013 at 9:50 am #1959712
Hi I just joined today. I'm getting back into backpacking after a long layoff. I'm in NW Ohio. Going to Zaleski sounds good but I can't commit to any trips right now. Also wondering about the Shawnee BP Trail sometime. I have a particular interest of the SBPT as I helped build it in 1974 as part of the YCC. (Yea I'm old…55).Feb 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm #1959789
I'm your guy with Shawnee info, well BPO on the Backpackohio is the real man, but I can help.
RogerMar 4, 2013 at 7:45 am #1961185
Thanks for the reply. In 74, I was part of the crew that built the SBPT NW of Camp 5 up to Camp 6, which we also built. I was almost 17 at the time. Good times!
Once I get my BP gear together and get into somewhat better shape (don't want to be drag to any others), I'll be ready for some trips. Hoping to do a solo 3 nighter in the Pigeon River area (north central Michigan) in May.
DeanMar 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm #1964051
Camp site 6 is my favorite. Urban legend has it as the most remote campsite in the state of Ohio. The hike between camp 5 and 6 used to be the nicest of the loop, but most of the entire trail is now maintained with a bulldozer to cut down on trail maintenance labor costs. Beautiful Ohio…Mar 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm #1964063
Nice to hear how you and others appreciate Camp 6. I remember cooling our feet in the stream there eating lunch while darters and other small fish tried to nibble our toes.
Our base was on Pond Lick Road just downstream from the pond. I looked on Google Earth and it is gone now, just a wide spot and some clearings along the road. The director of our camp was Dave Todt. He's now a vice-president and provost at Shawnee State.
Not so nice to hear how it's maintained these days. We used fire rakes and hoofed it in and out everyday. I know the state has do what's the most efficient, but it's disheartening to think what was done by hand by a small group is just carved out by a machine now.
Thanks for the reply and have a pleasant evening.
DeanSep 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm #2023129
@braddLocale: NW Ohio
My name is Brad and I'm from the same "neck of the woods" you are from (NW Ohio). I'm a few years older, but with less hiking experience than you. I am interested in going to Shawnee State park backpack trail this fall. I wanted to touch base and see if you might be interested going to Shawnee sometime this fall (2013). I don't have many trips under my belt and what few trips I have experienced have been for beginners. I have much to learn for lightweight backpacking, but would like to learn more from someone who has more experience.
Brad, (Toledo)Sep 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm #2023201
DeanSep 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm #2023423
Dean, Brad, and any others interested:
We have our annual Backpack Ohio Fall Outing at Shawnee this October if you want a guided tour.
RogerOct 12, 2013 at 9:12 am #2033398
@braddLocale: NW Ohio
Sorry I have not replied earlier. Dean and I just returned from a trip in upper MI. Needless to say, was out of communication over the last week. That being said, I am interested in a trip to Shawnee State Park BP trail. At this point, I would consider going next Spring 2014.
BradOct 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm #2034522
@nedjursekgmail-comLocale: Pacific Northwest
Lived in Columbus for 20 years and moved to Seattle in 1997. You guys in the Buckeye State need to move out here! I remember the long road trips to TN, WVA, and MI for a small taste of wilderness. Now real mountains and wilderness are less than an hour away.Nov 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm #2041646
@wickdwarm_n_dryLocale: Central Ohio
Columbus area here. I'd be up for outings from time to time. I tried registering on BPO a few weeks ago and never got a reply back. Suggestions?Nov 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm #2044642
Sorry I missed a few days. I just sent a PM to the site admin. I am sure he will help. Ron is a great guy.
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