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Spruce Grove Backpack
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March 11, 2012 @ 12:00 am

Troop 355 is going Backpacking!


Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11

Spruce Grove Trail Camp, in Big Santa Anita Canyon.We will leave on Saturday from the trailhead at Chantry Flat. This is a classic Boy Scout backpacking trip. This is a good tune-up for people going to Philmont this year.

Scout House 8:00 A.M. March 10 to disperse crew gear and food. Arrange your own carpools to Chantry Flat. We will return to Chantry Flat Sunday by noon.

This is an intermediate backpacking trip. The hike is 3.7 miles on the Gabrielino trail with 1200 feet of elevation gain. A beginner can handle this hike if he is physically fit.

The trip limit is 24. If you have signed up and cannot go, please e-mail Mr. Welsh ( open your spot up to another scout! If you wish to sign up, e-mail Mr. Welsh and get on the list.

$5 per person. The cost includes our dinner meal for Saturday night. Deadline to confirm your spot is Monday night, February 27th. Bring your check made out to BSA Troop 355 to the meeting or mail to:
Nick Welsh
3535 Lockley Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107

Bring your own trail lunch Saturday, dinner will be provided Saturday night (Philmont style), bring your own breakfast bars, instant oatmeal, cocoa for breakfast.
Saturday’s dinner will be prepared by individual crews. Crews will be announced Tuesday night February 28 by email.

It might be cold (40 degrees) at night, be prepared with long johns and a beanie hat to sleep in, a good sleeping bag, a jacket and gloves. Of course always bring your rain gear! BE PREPARED. A number of first time backpackers brought car camping tents to our Cooper Canyon trip. Car camping tents are too heavy for this backpack trip. Purchase or rent a two person backpacking tent. REI or Sport Chalet are great places to get a backpacking tent.

Dr. Snaer is always available to discuss equipment. Call him at 626 840-7702 or email if you have any questions.

Fires will be allowed in the designated fire pits, as long as wind conditions are safe.

Any cars parking at Chantry will need a National Forest Adventure Pass available at your sporting goods store (REI, Sports Chalet). This is strictly enforced. As the free parking at Chantry Flat typically is full, we will arrange parking at the Chantry Flat Pack Station. Cost will be approximately $10 per car.

210 Freeway East to Santa Anita Avenue
North on Santa Anita Avenue
Santa Anita Avenue becomes Chantry Flat Road at the base of the foothills
Follow Chantry Flat road 2-3 miles until it ends in the parking lot at Chantry Flat
We will meet in the lower lot


March 11, 2012
12:00 am
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