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    Default Fourth Annual WSF Jamboree

    I know it's early, but thought some early planning might allow more people to make arrangements to attend. I'll just throw out a date and general location - these are merely suggestions. I was thinking the third weekend in October and since I am mountain deprived would opt for someplace in the mountains - maybe Tennessee? Anyway - for those that have been to one, you know that they are a lot of fun. For those that have not been to one, feel free to ask away. The bigger the bunch the better.
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    I would like to attend but don't know about money

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    When is it? I usually, not last yr, go to a Paratrooper Gathering and I have tagged on Survival forum camps and shoots to a few of them.
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    No firm date yet, although I did suggest a date and general location in the OP.
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    These things are just a hoot. I've been lucky enough to attend 2 out of the 3 previous ones and would have been at the 3rd but for some medical stuff. Late October in Tennessee should give us some cool nights and warm days to work with.

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    So what goes on at these gatherings? If Rick will leave his hong at home, I would consider going!

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    I didn't know there were mountains in Tennessee. I guess if your state's highest elevation is 400 ft, then almost any state has mountains.
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    Here's a link to one. There are tons of pictures.

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...ndy-Creek-Trip


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    I am in. Just get the date and place firm. East TN is fine with me. Be careful planning in that area though, some of the state parks have been allowed to go on the skids and have turned into Hobo Jungles, or perhaps I was just there when a survival forum was having an outting.

    We might even consider Amicalola State Park in North GA. Bueatiful park with great facilities when I was there 10 years ago.

    That is the jumpoff point for the Appalation Trail at Springer Mountain. It is a fantastic site with all the mountains one could desire. It also contains sections of a U.S. Army mountain training camp, known and respected by one and all who have experienced it as as "Delonica". It has been the mountain training section of Ranger School for decades.

    We could kill two birds with one stone. Everyone attending could claim hiking time on the AT and all the military BS experts could claim they had been to Delonica.

    We got to see one of the 7 natural wonders of the world/ World Heritage Sites last year, perhaps a famous hikeing and military site would be good for this year.

    http://www.gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls/

    Cherokee NF is a bit closer to you Crash.
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    Pisga is a bit farther north.
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    I have no preference myself, other than the desire that you set the camp for next Feburary and have it in Orlando. Piuck a spot and if there is air in the tires and gas is still obtainable I will be there.

    For those that have never been to a gathering the company might be questionalbe but the food is fantastic! You also get to put faces and voices to the screen names and that is often a shock.
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    I'm interested, but only time will tell. My wife and kids have never been camping and I need to break them into sone of the basic stuff this year.......If time permits.

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    There is a good chance I will be a Pennsylvanian (again) by then, I might actually get to go to one!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    We might even consider Amicalola State Park in North GA. Bueatiful park with great facilities when I was there 10 years ago.

    That is the jumpoff point for the Appalation Trail at Springer Mountain. It is a fantastic site with all the mountains one could desire. It also contains sections of a U.S. Army mountain training camp, known and respected by one and all who have experienced it as as "Delonica". It has been the mountain training section of Ranger School for decades.

    We could kill two birds with one stone. Everyone attending could claim hiking time on the AT and all the military BS experts could claim they had been to Delonica.

    We got to see one of the 7 natural wonders of the world/ World Heritage Sites last year, perhaps a famous hikeing and military site would be good for this year.

    http://www.gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls/
    I haven't been to Amicalola State Park yet, but it's on my list to do so.

    I started this thread last year which we went by the Ranger training school outside of Dahlonega. We passed over the Appalachian Trail and were a couple of miles in National Forest and set up camp which should still be there and I doubt anyone other than us who made it have been there since. I doubt everyone would want to stay there as it is a hike in and you wouldn't want to be bringing dutch ovens and etc like you usually do. But if you're in the area, you may want to stop by just to say you've been there.

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    Thought I'd bump this up. Any more thoughts on location? I wouldn't mind another visit to Bandy Creek - the fall colors during our last trip there left a memorable impression.
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    Count me in, it was a real let down not being able to make last years' meet-up. The two previous years were great!
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    Depending on the when/ where hopefully I can make this years.
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    I'll do a little more research on campgrounds in the Smoky Mountains. Quite a few don't take reservations, and some that do are very popular (like Cades Cove) and book up early.
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    Any more thoughts on this?
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    Still think about Oct.?
    Lots of hunting seasons open.......I sure would like to drag my lodge down for the party.....
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    I was hoping for the third weekend in October. That's about when we have done the last two, and the fall colors in the mountains have been great. For all of the beautiful scenery here, fall colors and mountains (if you don't count over passes on the interstate) are sort of lacking. I'm still looking, but wouldn't mind Bandy Creek again. If we were to do the Mammoth Cave area again, Poco, Equus and the boys might be able to at least drop by since they live close by. He's got the new job, and she's still recovering from the horseback riding accident. I'll give them a call this weekend to see how they are doing.
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    Thats pretty country around there.......
    Most of the parks allow dogs?
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