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Lexi Z
(Miss.Chevous) - F

Locale: NE Pa
looking for partner(s) in tri-state area PA/NY/NJ on 04/09/2009 18:49:17 MDT Print View

20 something woman in NE PA sadly loosing my hiking partner to the PCT =( but would love to make new friends and continue hiking in the area. women (any age) preferred but open to others -men, aliens, etc- Cant wait to get out there again!

Edited by Miss.Chevous on 04/12/2009 20:10:39 MDT.

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Re: looking for partner(s) in tri-state area PA/NY/NJ on 04/09/2009 21:06:09 MDT Print View

I may have some free time coming up to hit the trail. Welcome to the Eastern PA club. There's a number of us out there - look here:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/xdpy/forum_thread/12037/index.html

We've gotten together to do some PA AT dayhike sections, but nothing overnight yet together.

Lexi Z
(Miss.Chevous) - F

Locale: NE Pa
Re: Re: looking for partner(s) in tri-state area PA/NY/NJ on 04/11/2009 10:37:28 MDT Print View

hey thanks for the info! i checked out those other threads- pretty interesting. doesnt look like you've all gotten together lately. what are you interested in doing?

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Re: looking for partner(s) in tri-state area PA/NY/NJ on 04/11/2009 11:12:05 MDT Print View

We've probably all got reasonable excuses for not getting out together since December. One is swamped with income tax preparations, another with work travel, and a thesis for me.

We've typically done some sections along the PA AT, but there are WAY more options out there.

Looking for fellow females to go with? My wife joins me on moderate dayhikes (under 10mi).

Where are you coming from? Do you have any suggestions?

Edited by joegeib on 04/11/2009 12:25:39 MDT.

Lexi Z
(Miss.Chevous) - F

Locale: NE Pa
Re: Re: looking for partner(s) in tri-state area PA/NY/NJ on 04/12/2009 20:05:46 MDT Print View

i'm in Scranton right now. as far as suggestions.... well we could do part of the Pinchot- the Big Pine hill trail to Frank Gantz and make a loop that would be less than 7 mi. theres a beautiful view- enjoyable as long as the wind is down and its pretty easy. or... hike up to Hickory run boulder field but thats listed as a difficult trail -although i dont really remember. or... take the coppermines trail up to the AT for a great view.... hike around Bruce Lake.... lots of options

Edited by Miss.Chevous on 04/12/2009 20:06:20 MDT.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail on 04/13/2009 05:32:40 MDT Print View

Though this doesn't REALLY seem to be a request for hike ideas- I've been considering the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in Laurel Ridge State Park, for the next time I'm back in my home state- er, commonwealth. It's 70 miles, from Ohiopyle to one of the reservoirs north of Johnstown, along Laurel Ridge. So, it goes through some state game lands and Forbes State Forest, too, and through the Seven Springs ski area. There are shelters, though I understand that they are in poor repair, and they require reservations and a fee. (I plan on using a tarp.) Obviously, I haven't hiked it- I'm just keeping it on my list. It sounds like a great weekend, especially in autumn. But perhaps it is too far west for your needs? (I'm from near Pittsburgh.)

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateParks/parks/laurelridge.aspx

And the maps on this page:

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/laurelridge/laurelridge_maps.aspx

look good enough to navigate with, if you print them off on your own.

Edited by acrosome on 04/13/2009 05:45:52 MDT.

Lexi Z
(Miss.Chevous) - F

Locale: NE Pa
Re: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail on 04/13/2009 08:32:06 MDT Print View

Yeah especially right now i think i'd rather stick to day trips citing lack of proper overnight equip -which left with my friend- and (honestly) i havent hiked more than a few miles solo since i was ten. little leary to be honest of hiking w/o my buddy. GOD I'm sad! anyway looked up Laurel Ridge. does look promising but a 5+ hr drive one way is not appealing at the moment given my current circumstances. i appreciate the idea though. =) not to get off topic but i gather you are over seas (duh) have you hiked much of PA? hiked any other areas of interest?

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Re: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail on 04/13/2009 09:42:37 MDT Print View

The LRT is something that's really nice, but it has its drawbacks. When doing some homework on it, I noticed a LOT of water sources being fouled.

I believe that reservations are cheap, REQUIRED, and you MUST stay at the shelters (though rodent-infested). I've even heard stories of rangers visiting the shelters to check on reservations, and ticketing those without a reservation. Who knows if the same will hold true of stealth campers, outside the shelter area.

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Re: Re: Re: looking for partner(s) in tri-state area PA/NY/NJ on 04/13/2009 09:47:53 MDT Print View

I'm much more comfortable with day trips now too, since time is scarce. I've been up to the Pinchot (north loop) before, really nice and different.

Never been to Hickory Run yet. We typically stay along the AT. An it's really difficult to get other options here in the Lehigh Valley.

What about Nescopeck SP along I-80? I've heard that one is interesting.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Re: Re: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail on 04/14/2009 06:04:19 MDT Print View

Bummer.

No, I really haven't hiked much in PA. I escaped Pittsburgh at a young age and got into hiking later. Another option I'm considering is hiking or perhaps biking the Rails-to-Trails link from Washington D.C. to downtown Pittsburgh. It follows the old canal towpath deep into Maryland then cuts north through Uniontown, I think.

The overseas thing is because I'm in the military. Frankly, hiking in Germany is a pain in the a$$. I have a thread on it here, somewhere. Essentially, it is de-facto illegal to camp here in any manner that most people on this forum would find remotely interesting.

BUT, I'm headed back to CONUS soon!

For shorter hikes, I sent a buddy of mine a copy of this book a while back:

http://www.amazon.com/Hiking-Allegheny-National-Forest-Northwestern/dp/0811733726/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239710795&sr=8-1

It has a lot of shorter trails in it. Probably still WAY too far west for you. (My buddy lives in Camp Hill.)

I remember reading another book that had a bunch of hikes to and through all of the abandoned railroad tunnels through the Allegheny mountains. Hmm. What book was that? I'll think about it.

Still, too far west.

Edited by acrosome on 04/14/2009 06:12:17 MDT.

christopher witter
(cwitter) - MLife

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Coppermine Trail.... on 04/14/2009 11:17:52 MDT Print View

You could take Coppermine Trail to the AT to Sunfish Pond (Lunch there)and come back down one of the other trails, I can't remember the name but I believe it is a yellow blaze to the road and walk ~.5 - 1 mile back to the Coppermine parking lot. Probably less then 8 miles round trip.

Lexi Z
(Miss.Chevous) - F

Locale: NE Pa
back to the original question... on 05/09/2009 18:51:24 MDT Print View

somehow this got into a discussion on WHERE to hike. lol unfortunately that isn't my problem. i can think of a ton of places to go. sorry guys but i need ppl to hike WITH =( a group get together, something... for the love of pete there must be SOME women hikers out there willing to talk to me! lol

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
. on 05/09/2009 21:42:43 MDT Print View

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Edited by ChrisMorgan on 05/10/2009 06:50:28 MDT.

Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Re: back to the original question... on 05/09/2009 22:00:05 MDT Print View

Lexi,

Not sure where this thread went to either. For that matter, where did my "upcoming trail time" go as well? Send me a PM, and maybe I'll get something together. My wife would probably come too, for your female companionship.

What's your availability? Are you a student with free time, or a full-time worker?