BSA Troop 328

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Charit Creek Backpacking

On the weekend of March 5-6, the troop went backpacking in the Big South Fork. We will be stayed at the Charit Creek Lodge so minimal equipment was required. The lodge has bunk beds with a mattress covered by a sheet along with a wood stove and gas lamps (no electricity, but there is a well with potable water). We met at 7:30 on Saturday morning then drove up and hiked in to the lodge (about 1.3 miles). We will left all our gear at the lodge and hiked the Twin Arches Loop Trail (4.3 miles). It was a very pleasant hike. It sprinkled on us a few times, and the only rain shower (lasted about 5 minutes) happened when we were next to a very convenient overhanging cliff for shelter. When we returned to the lodge, we will built a fire and cooked hot dogs for dinner. After dinner we were sitting around the fire when we were surprised by a hail storm. Pea size hail rained down on us for about 10 minutes. The scouts adopted "Booger" the dog belonging to the lodge staff as our troop mascot. Booger accompanied us on the hike and he even slept in the cabin with the scouts. Sunday morning we cooked breakfast and hiked back out. There was not enough time to stop and hike the Slave Falls loop on the way out. We got back to the church around 2:45PM.


Chick here to see an awsome video of the trip put together by David Laffoon.

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Hiking from the trasilhead down to the lodge.
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At Charit Creek Lodge (where we met up with Booger the wonder dog).
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Hiking the Twin Arches Loop Trail.
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Cooking hot dogs over the fire for dinner on Saturday evening.
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Cooking bacon, sausage, and bacon for breakfast on Sunday morning.
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Hanging around the lodge while we pack up camp.
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Back at the trailhead having lunch before we load up the vehicles and head for home.
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