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Hello, figured I would introduce myself since I will probably be asking a lot of questions on these forums and I'd appreciate any knowledge(backpacking related) I can get.  My wife and I have done two over nighters and are nowhere near experienced and I personally am interested in local knowledge around my parts Ohio/Indiana/Michigan/Kentucky etc...  As far as local trails and ways to make the experience more enjoyable.  I prefer to learn from others mistakes than my own so that's all I got for now, have a good day.

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Welcome to the forums. Do stay and ask questions. We may have had them before, but there can always be a new twist or angle emerge from the discussion.

Hints on surviving the forums: Many folks play prankster now and then. It keeps the place fun and entertaining. But if you put up with the wild sense of humor, you can find some people with good experience willing to share. Keep a thick skin, take everything with a grain of salt, and there is much to learn here. Stick around.


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Thanks Travis, I do hope to make it up to your neck of the woods in the near future also, had a buddy who lived in Jackson hole and I never got to go out and visit.  Huge regret but there's always tomorrow, until I guess there's no more tomorrows....  Anyway.
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Welcome to the insane asylum!  As Travis said, take a lot of it with a grain of salt but you will find some very knowledgeable people here who are more than willing to share their experiences and insight.  As for never making it out west, GO!  I made my fist trip to Wyoming in 2009 and kick myself for not having made it out there a lot sooner!

Now a pointer on staying in the good graces of the crowd... NEVER say a disparaging word about bacon.


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Welcome to the forums.  It's a pleasure to read a first post that doesn't have a link to the posters blog.

Don't get confused by the variety of opinions about backpacking matters.  It is mostly an art rather than a science.
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Head North my friend. Northern Michigan has some of the best backpacking anywhere. And yes to Jackson Hole. Just do it!

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Welcome.  Please tell us a bit more about where you are located. Red River Gorge is a good place to spend a weekend or 2, but I am not sure how far that is from you.

Lots of us have favorite backpacking spots in the West, like Teton Crest Trail or the Grand Canyon. As you get more comfortable with your skills, you may decide to head out to Glacier or the Winds. There are folks here with plenty of experience in those places, and some with errors you can learn from.

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Welcome. We have a group from Grand Rapids MI heading to Hocking Hills next week end, beautiful area.

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Hi there!

I'm originally from Ohio, the Columbus area (for 5 years) and then NW Ohio is where I grew up. I moved to Boulder, CO area about 5.5 years ago and haven't much looked back, except where family is concerned.

My favorite places to backpack in Ohio were Zaleski State Forest (Southern OH and good beginner trails), Shawnee State Forest (Southern Ohio and good intermediate trails, really hilly down there), Red River Gorge (KY), Dolly Sods (WV) and Cranberry Wilderness (WV). There really is a lot to offer in West Virginia and Kentucky. It just takes a little research. :)

Also, keep in mind for longer weekends, depending on where you are in Ohio, you're not far from the AT and places like Damascus, VA (and Grayson Highlands).

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Welcome. We have a group from Grand Rapids MI heading to Hocking Hills next week end, beautiful area.

Hocking Hills is a fantastic dayhiking area. That was another area that helped me grow into backpacking. :)
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Welcome to the fray. Tiptoe around Eyebp. Ever since that bear done mauled his father, he's been a bit cranky. Don't ask what kind of Pam to smear on your gun to bring to protect your unleashed dog and you should be alright.

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Wow didn't expect the welcome committee its honestly pretty refreshing, thanks.  To answer some questions I am located near Dayton not far from Cincinnati, I eat bacon about 4 to 5 times a week, my wife just graduated school finally so a trip out west is in the near near future and my avatar is actually a picture of Rock House which is Hocking Hills state park's biggest cave, my favorite place to hike in Ohio its insane how clear the night skies are over there and I look forward to getting to know everyone.
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Wow didn't expect the welcome committee its honestly pretty refreshing, thanks.  To answer some questions I am located near Dayton not far from Cincinnati, I eat bacon about 4 to 5 times a week, my wife just graduated school finally so a trip out west is in the near near future and my avatar is actually a picture of Rock House which is Hocking Hills state park's biggest cave, my favorite place to hike in Ohio its insane how clear the night skies are over there and I look forward to getting to know everyone.

WHAT? Only four to five times a week...Shaky ground there mister....

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Ohio is a good place to be from  :D
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Hey, welcome to the madhouse. You've got the bacon question okay, now for pictures of you hiking in a kilt. . .

Seriously, we're all slightly nuts (some more than slightly; you will figure out which eventually) but it's a pretty fun crowd.


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Seriously, we're all slightly nuts (some more than slightly; you will figure out which eventually) but it's a pretty fun crowd.

I do not currently own a kilt but I hear they are handy in survival situations.
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I agree its just missing mountains and wildlife, even though they did spot a mountain lion in canton....  Seriously though Dayton metroparks just put a 22 mile backpacking trail in a couple years ago that has several "backcountry" campsites along the way and is well maintained and permits are free for now...  I would rather be in Appalachia though, love the smokies.
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Hey, someone from our area, we're north of Dayton. We cut our teeth on the Twin Valley trails, spent many Sundays preparing for hiking Yellowstone. I highly recommend Shawnee State Forest, although probably not at the height of summer. We went the first week of July a couple of years ago and it was the hardest fifty miles we've ever done. The best part is that we saw no one for three solid days and the forest is incredible. Worst part, we were picking ticks after the second day. The repellent did nothing for ticks.

If you've never been to The Red, go. Other than some of the shorter trails, we've hiked about everywhere you can and its gorgeous. Go over to a place called Torrent Falls and climb on their rock wall, via ferrata (sp?). You can repel there as well. They will provide all the gear and its a blast.

It may be close to you but go over to Charleston Falls, if you haven't already. Small, but some neat little trails. Bruckner Nature Center by West Milton is kinda neat. That's where I grew up as a kid and gained my love of the outdoors.

Ohio offers some great places to hike, you just have to look hard. :)


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Hey, someone from our area, we're north of Dayton. We cut our teeth on the Twin Valley trails, spent many Sundays preparing for hiking Yellowstone. I highly recommend Shawnee State Forest, although probably not at the height of summer. We went the first week of July a couple of years ago and it was the hardest fifty miles we've ever done. The best part is that we saw no one for three solid days and the forest is incredible. Worst part, we were picking ticks after the second day. The repellent did nothing for ticks.

If you've never been to The Red, go. Other than some of the shorter trails, we've hiked about everywhere you can and its gorgeous. Go over to a place called Torrent Falls and climb on their rock wall, via ferrata (sp?). You can repel there as well. They will provide all the gear and its a blast.

It may be close to you but go over to Charleston Falls, if you haven't already. Small, but some neat little trails. Bruckner Nature Center by West Milton is kinda neat. That's where I grew up as a kid and gained my love of the outdoors.

Ohio offers some great places to hike, you just have to look hard. :)

Thanks for the advice, we are going out to TVT to do a little 10 mile in and out with my parents who decided to try out backpacking so we will see how that goes.  I have heard mixed opinions on Shawnee , I will have to try it for myself
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Welcome! You'll find lots of good information from lots of nice folks here.  Even though we're in Ohio there are some good hikes and backpacking within driving distance.  Nothing like out West but that's what makes going out West so special.

Red River Gorge, Zaleski, Shawnee and Hocking Hills all have some very nice trails.  Although one time I did get lost trying to drive out of Hocking Hills by myself.  Even Clifton Gorge and John Bryan are nice since I always go to Young's Dairy afterwards!
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We always do the same thing after hiking at Yellow Springs, go to Young's or go to Peach's. The pita chip appetizer is fantastic and when washed down with a Oberon it makes for about the perfect day! Oh, and the used book lover in me means we usually stop by The Black Cat bookstore when they're open.

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Welcome, Ohio has some very beautiful places, although I was more familiar with the northeast section of the state.

In addition to Red River Gorge, check out Big South Fork on the TN/KY border.  Awesome place.

PA has an extensive backpacking trail system:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestr....dex.htm
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Welcome, Ohio has some very beautiful places, although I was more familiar with the northeast section of the state.

In addition to Red River Gorge, check out Big South Fork on the TN/KY border.  Awesome place.

PA has an extensive backpacking trail system:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestr....dex.htm

I actually just heard about big south fork recently, I will have to check that out.
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Welcome Pilgrim. All roads lead away from where you are. I spent a week in Dayton one day.  :D

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Welcome Pilgrim. All roads lead away from where you are. I spent a week in Dayton one day.  :D

I wish my wife saw things that way, but she doesn't want to go to far from home.  I've been working on that for some time now, and I think I'm making progress.
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