Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 27
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June 2, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 27

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3C-- June 2. 1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail -Charleston, West Virginia Trek by Backpack Simple, Satisfying re-*; Larry McNeely Backpacking can become one of your favorite ways to enjoy and experience the beauty of the mountains. The uninitated may wonder why travel about the backwoods struggling with a 45 pound pack? My own reasons are primarily that of a simplicity that I find in the experience. Along with this I find a clearer harmony, between myself and all about me-animals, birds, trees, and nature. I rediscover a sense of self-reliance once modern civilization is left at the trail's beginning. Not that backpacking is an escape from reality. It is an experience of a different reality which then makes the reality of sidewalks and traffic jams a bit more palatable. After five days in the back- country, a hot shower becomes an immediate, hedonistic pleasure. West Virginia is a back- · packer's paradise in which you can follow the crisp outlines of the A p p a l a c h i a n Mountain Range, the slow jneandering course of rivers or streams, or a dirt covered country road. You may find an enjoyable, yet admittedly slower way of traveling from Barboursville to the Kanawha River at Frazier's Bottom by following the Kanawha Trace Trail. Minimum equipment includes hiking boots, sleeping bag, lightweight and easily prepared food, and a backpack. The backpack -- when properly balanced -- places most of the weight on the hips and legs, for the novice, such weight distribution is apt to be misleading. You think you can carry it forever. You can't. The temporary addition of 15,20,30 or 45 pounds of load on your feet can bring protesting arches much sooner than you expect. For that reason, it is wise to start your backpacking career with shorter, training hikes and heavier loads. Experience b a c k p a c k e r s spend hours figuring out ways to cut their finished pack weight by an ounce here, another there, before attempting a long trek. The novice should borrow or rent pack equipment as it represents a considerable cash outlay. Complete information on Hiking trails is found in the "Hiking Guide to the Monongahela Natonal Forest" available from Ms. Mary Rieffen- berger, Rt 1, Box 253, Elkins, 25241. Other trail books published by the West Virginia Highland Conservancy are guides to "The Cranberry B a c k c o u n t r y " , "Otter Creek", and "Dolly Sods." The U.S. Forest Service at Elkins, can provide free maps of the Monongahela National Forest and the Spruce Knob- Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. Maps of the various state parks and forests can be obtained from the Dep a r t m e n t of N a t u r a l Resources in Charleston or by directly writing the park office. If you desire a more detailed map, topographic maps are available by writing the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C., 20242. The most authorative book is Colin Fletcher's "The Com r plete Walker," published by Alfred A. Knopf. Inc. It details equipment from head to foot and is a resource of backwoods' knowledge. rnrr CASH 10 OZ. FREE RCCOLA wilh Summer Special PICNIC X COOLER Phone i ** 344-3668 SIZE22"xl3"xl3" Hiker's Challenge Susan Schiey, 501 East Mermad Lane, Philadelphia, Pa., pauses at the foot of a towering crag in the Judy Gap area of Pen- dieton County. Packpacking, grueling to the soft-muscled novice, pays rich rewards to those willing to abandon the frantic pace of everyday living and go leisurely through the world for a time. Of all the states, few offer backpackers such a complete scale of challenge as West Virginia. For the novice, there are easy trails; for the tough--mus- cled, there are memorable ones. Staying it home... or Going Away? 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