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Sipsey Wilderness Backpacking, 2009 Nov 14-15

posted Mar 7, 2010, 6:40 PM by Jeff Jones

  Sipsey Wilderness Backpacking Trip  

By: Thatcher R.


On November 14, 2009, Troop 320 went to the backpacking into the Sipsey Wilderness. We walked right next to creeks and rivers, had lots of well prepared backpackers, and, amazingly, some scouts got lost. This trip was quite an interesting experience.

Much of the scenery where we hiked was fantastic. Most of the leaves had already changed colors and were falling, creating a beautiful red, orange, and brown forest. We also crossed many creeks on our journey through the woods. I counted dozens of creeks and streams that we jumped over. Where we stopped for lunch was next to a beautiful waterfall with streams all over the place. Sipsey is a fantastic place to hike because it is so beautiful.

On this hike, almost everyone was well prepared. Most backpacks were fairly light. Only a couple of scout’s packs were like buckets of lead. Everyone ate a hearty meal of lightweight food for meals and no absurdly heavy things that would weigh down even the strongest backpacker. I thought Troop 320 was relatively prepared for this campout.

We did have one mishap on our journey to Sipsey; some scouts got lost! Three scouts and one scoutmaster (Mr. Mumm, Thatcher R., Ben P., and Mac M.) did not notice the rest of the group while they were having lunch and kept on hiking far past where they were supposed to. Luckily, the scoutmaster Mr. Mumm had plenty of food for all and they met back up with the rest of the troop the next day. While they were lost, they met another troop from another district that had some of the people in their troop walk on the wrong path. Our lost scouts camped and borrowed food with them when they went to bed that night.

This campout was a great backpacking trip. Troop 320 could not have gone at a better time either, because it is not yet too cold but it is still beautiful outside. All of the people who went will have memories forever.