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Scouts in attendance: Mike, Owen, Jason, first time backpacker Ian,

: Ben and Howie.

The entire weekend was bright & sunny...AND the long drought continued so local streams were TOTALLY dry. With careful rationing of canteen water & using backpacking stoves we managed our meal preparations.

But the dry conditions allowed us to enter the local mines a little farther than is usually the case.


Owen uses the Clifton Samurai Sword to prepare a campfire "backrest"

Wonderful fall foliage always makes the October hikes special !