Updated November 13, 2006
Backpacking Weekend , Appalachian Trail, Pine Grove Furnace State Park PA, November 10 - 12, 2006

Friday night backpacks were inspected at the church, and Scouts set out to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. At the campsite, shelters were built from tarps and rope.
Saturday morning everyone packed up, and troop gear was distributed evenly. Older Scouts helped make sure sleeping bags and gear were properly packed.
At the start of the hike was the old ruins of the Pine Grove Furnace. This is an old iron forge used to make machines for industry at the turn of the century.
A few miles up the trail is the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail.
Carrying a 35 pound or heavier backpack up a mountain was harder than everyone expected. After all, this was the first time these Scouts had ever gone on a backpacking trip.
Half the Scouts took a mile detour without their packs to visit the lookout and cliffs. Those that went thought it was well worth the extra hike.
Most of these boys had never seen the top of a mountain before. They all thought the big rocks and natural "stairs" were cool.
From the top of the mountain you could see the lake and campground below where we started. The weather was a beautiful 70 degress and very clean and sunny.
After several more miles of hiking, everyone is starting to tire and need a rest. Soon it became time to find a flat area for a campsite, and cook the trail food.
After a long night sleep under shelters in the rain, everyone was still warm and dry (almost), and ready for a hike back home. It was a good trip, and I'm sure we will do more backpacking in the future