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February 3, 2019

Backpacking Gear

So I am asked on a surprisingly regular basis what I bring on a backpacking trip.  Up to this point, I’ve really resisted making a post on this, because there are a lot smarter people out there than me about this (like seriously, try Backpacker Magazine, or getting a book from the library, or finding an old Boy Scout Backpacking Merit Badge book, or take a class at REI, or just go talk to the AT Thru Hikers and Section Hikers at REI).

But, since folks keep asking (and you are for some reason still reading this and not any of the resources above), I figure better to just post what I take backpacking so that people can argue about what a dolt I am in the comments [...]

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February 2, 2019

A Batona Trail Adventure

Batona Trail Batsto to Ongs Hat 3 days – 34 miles

Back in November, Skunk, Danny, Pat, and I went for a little three day, 34 mile stroll on the Batona Trail.

(Note: This is more adventure log and not so much trail info.  For trail info, go to https://southjerseytrails.org/batonatrail/)

Day 1 – Batsto to Batona Campground – about 12 1/2 miles

Three of us managed to get off on Friday (sorry Danny), so we met at Batsto and, after getting our permits, headed off down the Batona.  The first few miles flew and we walked through the areas that burned in the forest fire a few summers back.

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December 9, 2018

Brendan Bryne Campground – New Lisbon, NJ

 

Brendan Bryne Campground Brendan Bryne State Forest New Lisbon, Burlington County, NJ

Address: Highway Route 72 East, New Lisbon, NJ 08064 (Note that this the address for the forest, the campground is not located on Route 72, but is inside of the state forest near Pakim Pond) Coordinates:  39°52’23.10″N,  74°31’24.58″W

Directions: Turn into the park off of Route 72.  Turn right and pass the park office.  Stay on that road until it dead ends at a “T”.  Turn left and pass Pakim Pond.  The campground will soon be on both sides of the road.

Access: All paved park roads.

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December 8, 2018

Batona Campground – Wharton State Forest – Tabernacle, NJ

Batona Campground Wharton State Forest Tabernacle, Burlington County, NJ

Address: Carranza Road Tabernacle, NJ 08088 Coordinates:  39°46’52.11″N,  74°37’55.10″W

Directions: Coming from Route 206, turn onto Carranza Road.  Drive 7 1/2 or 8 miles down that road.  Along the way, you’ll pass through Indian Mills, pass farms, and have the road turn from new pavement to old pavement.  When you spot the Carranza Memorial on your right, then the campground entrance road will be on your left.  If the road turns completely to dirt, you just missed the turn.

Carranza Memorial on the [...]

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