A Wild Weekend

I spent this last weekend backpacking around the Deam Wilderness Area in the Hoosier National Forest, as part of IU Outdoor Adventures Leaders in Training program. A total of 9 LIT’ers went, along with the two guys who run the program, Cal and Greg. The LIT’s were responsible for all aspects of the trip, including finding our campsites that weren’t anywhere near the trails. We also each had several presentations to give on various subjects. My topics were “Weather and Poor Weather Camping” and “Leave No Trace: Be Considerate to Others.”

Friday, we met at 12:15 to go over how to pack a backpack and how to fit boots to avoid nasty blisters. Then we loaded up and headed out into the wilds of Indiana. I won’t go into all the specifics of the weekend, but some of the highlights include:

  • Getting closer to our first objective than most previous trips, through good orienteering skills
  • Hiking 5 miles in the pouring rain
  • Finding small, glowing animals in our Nalgenes (water taken from a pond) that iodine treatment didn’t kill. Mmmm, extra protein!
  • Hearing 20-30 coyotes loudly roll through our campsite at high speed in the middle of the night
  • Exploring a small cave, having to belly-crawl through some of the passages
  • Listening to Cal and Greg pack up their stuff at 6am on Sunday, leaving us to find our own way out
  • Finding our own way out on a beautiful Sunday morning

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