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New Jersey Pine Barrens, NJ

Oct 6 - Oct 13, 2018 -- $1250 ★


Yes ... there really is great hiking in New Jersey!


The Pine Barrens -- also known as the Pinelands -- is a vast, magical wilderness area in the otherwise densely populated State of New Jersey. We will be thru-hiking the flat, sometimes sandy 50 mile long Batona Trail (from BAck TO NAture). The trail features a surfeit of tranquil streams and ponds featuring flora and fauna such as orchids, deer, scrub oaks, hawks, black bears and even a white cedar forest. The Pine Barrens are notable not only for their remote beauty, but their proximity to major population centers like New York City, Philadelphia, Newark, Wilmington and Ong's Hat. This is your opportunity to experience colorful Fall Foliage, explore wild New Jersey, and lose weight (or more accurately, improve body composition).


We will thru-hike the entire 50+ mile long Batona Trail, which gives participants a nice feeling of satisfaction not only for having completed the entire trail but being able to claim they walked 50 miles. Daily mileages average about 9 miles per day on primarily flat, often sandy trail punctuated by a few rolling hills. Crackling campfires are permitted in most campsites to warm us up on chilly and crisp fall evenings.



Weather

Weather is always an important concern when hiking. Expect daytime hiking temperatures into the 60s and 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s. However temperatures may reach the 80s or fall below freezing on any given day. Fall in New Jersey might also bring frost at night. So while the water temperature may be too cold for swimming, the foliage will be nearing peak and the mosquitoes will be reasonably sedentary. Be prepared for a variety of conditions. Here is the historical October weather



Trip Leaders

Holly Chambers
Chris Frey


Cost

$1250 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Philadelphia Airport (PHL), as well as personal equipment, restaurant meals and any gratuities fr guides. If you drive, you may also be charged for any parking charges for leaving your car at the hotel all week.


Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation to/from Philadephia and the Pinelands, park permits, insurance, satellite phone and awesome guides.



Note

The Batona Trail is one of Fatpacking's less strenuous offerings and is recommended for beginners. However, do not underestimate the mileage. Even though the entire trail is flat or nearly so, daily mileage can be as much as 12 miles which is a long way to carry a backpack and can cause blisters.


While all Fatpacking trips are difficult, this one might be considered somewhat less strenuous than others because of fewer and more gradual elevation changes and solid footing, even if mileages are a little longer.


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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fly or drive into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The best time to arrive is between Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial amount on your flight by arriving an hour or two later or earlier, then do so.


Take free airport shuttle to local hotel (TBD)


Equipment shakedown


Trail mix distribution


"Before" measurements taken


Go to Eastern Mountain Sports, 3401 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 382-0930 for forgotten and last minute equipment purchase

Go out for dinner at a local restaurant (Dinner cost not included in trip price)



Sunday, October 7, 2018

Second set of "before" measurements taken


All the items that you won't bring on the trail will be set aside and put in storage.


Free Breakfast at hotel


Shuttle to Bass River State Forest, leave vehicle here


Shuttle to Buddtown Rd @ Ongs Hat


Hike 5.0 miles from Ongs Hat Trailhead


Hike 4.0 miles to Lebanon Tower


Camp at Brendan Byrne State Park, site 045


Miles today: 9.0. Total miles: 9.0


Possible Bailout: Route 70


Monday, October 8, 2018

Hike 6.5 miles to Apple Pie Hill Tower


Apple Pie Hill Tower is the highest elevation on the trip. Unfortunately, the tower is now closed.


Hike 3.5 miles to Batona Camp


Camp at Batona Camp, site 001


Miles today: 10.0. Total miles: 19.0


Possible Bailout: Route 532 or Route 563


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Hike 6.0 miles to Lower Forge Camp


Camp at Lower Forge Camp site 001, no water pump here, so river water must be treated


Miles today: 6.0. Total miles: 25.0


Possible Bailout: Carranza Road


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hike about 10.0 miles to Bulltown Rd.


Hike about 2.0 blue blaze miles to Buttonwood Hill


Camp at Buttonwood Hill Camp site BH005, no water pump here, but there is running water and flush toilets in a park pavilion across the street


Miles today: 12.0. Total miles: 37.0


Possible Bailout: Route 542 or Batsto Ranger Station


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hike 2.0 miles back to Batona Trail


Hike about 7.0 miles to Rt. 679


Road walk 1.0 miles to the road intersection of Chatsworth Rd. and Greenbank Chatsworth Rd.


Hike 1.5 miles cutoff trail miles to Godfrey Bridge Family Campsite


Camp at Godfrey Bridge Family Campsite site 010, with picnic tabes & potable pump water


Option: If it is raining and there is availability, stay in a cabin at Wading Pines Camping Resort. Wading Pines has a camp store to help you undo all the fitness progress you've made thus far.


Miles today: 11.5. Total miles: 48.5


Possible Bailout: Route 563 or Bulltown Rd.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Leave packs at Wading Pines and day hike only today


Day-Hike 1.5 miles back to the Batona Trail


Day-Hike 8.0 miles to Coal Road Trailhead


Day-Hike 2.0 road miles to Bass River State Forest Ranger Station


Miles today: 11.5. Total miles: 60.0


Possible Bailout: Route 679 or Oswego Rd.


Shuttle back to local hotel (TBD)


"After" measurements taken


Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in cost of trip)

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Free hotel breakfast


Take Free Airport Shuttle


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