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The general dream is to hike the PCT in 2010 (when I graduate). I have to train. The Knbostone seemed interesting. The Knobstone has a bit of infamy in my local church group, on account of a youth trip ending for some in a helicopter ride to the hospital. I wasn't there, so I don't know all the details. I just hope my trip doesn't end in the same way! As such, its good to plan (and to bring along friends...just in case). We've been scheming this for about a month now, its just around the corner. I hope my extra water bottle gets here in time!
For those unfamiliar with the Knobstone, or those whose interest is piqued by my writings, check out the official sites. First, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources official Knobstone website (including free maps...I still paid for my water-proof big copy). Question number two on the FAQ is more than a little ammusing. I think a lot of people must disbelieve that there is a slight lack of water on this trail. Second, the less official but still informitive KnbostoneTrail.net. Their forums are nice, but they have too much stuff behind logins. Their GPS trace that can be loaded into Google Earth is greatly appreciated (but you must register to get it...see what I mean!). KnobstoneTrail.net also has sections for the Pioneer and Tecumseh trails, a group which will eventually all connect.
Right now, I'm hoping that my 2nd Platypus water-bottle makes it in time. I currently have a 6L carrying capacity, but I don't want to tempt fate and I plan on upping that to 8.5 before the trip. We will be putting in water caches (3@2 gallons each) on our drive down. Just water though, no gear or food. This will be my first multi-day trip in a long time. I hope it goes well.
I'm looking forward to ~10,000ft of climbing over the ~45 miles of trails. Should be a work-out. I'm sure I'll understand the geographic feature "Knob" a bit more by the time I'm done!
-Joseph A. Cottam
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