Upstate Hiking and Adventure Club www.camping.meetup.com/141/ September 2007
We are beginning our backpacking
There were 4 of us brave souls who took adventures. Our first backpacking trip
on the French Broad River and won. Was will be on September 14th, 15th and 16th on
a wonderful trip down the river with as the Chattooga trail in Oconee County.
our guide put it very technical moves due This will be a turtle hike since I am along.
to the water level being so low. Sheldon I am doing much better however this hike
tried out a “Duckie” while the rest us will have a bigger pack on my back. I am
stayed in a raft and let the guide do most hoping to do at least 7 miles on Saturday
of the hard work. Had a great time and so Sunday is a little easier. Come out and
our campsite was nice and large and gave join us and enjoy nature. Check out the
us lots of room to move around and our web site for more information and come
neighbors were not right on top of us. join us on this adventure.
This is a trip we will do again.
As I mentioned the water level was very We also have a second camping trip
low please everyone help conserve water planned on September 28th, 29th and 30th
by a few simple changes in daily life. You kayaking down the cypruss/tupeto swamp.
may already being doing these if not This is part of the Edisto River Refuge
please start: when brushing your teeth, and we should see a lot of wildlife. This is
turn the water off while you are doing the 10 miles kayaking down river. We will
actual brushing. You would be amazed by have Kate, Steve, Sean and Ian with us
how much water is saved by doing this with their maps and experience to keep us
simple act. Also while running water to out of trouble. Kate, Sean and Steve do
get it hot place a pot or something to not count in the 10 slots that are open for
catch the water and use this water to RSVP. If you are interested in going
water the house plants or plants outside. please RSVP soon as I will be calling
There are several ideas you may all have around the 6th of September to give a
please share so we can all do our part. I count and an arrival time on Friday night.
am very conscious of this problem since I It will take about 3 hours to get there, so
have well water and this time of year we I was hoping we could leave around 4:30
are very careful. or so in the afternoon so we could be set
up by dark. Pack like you are backpacking
but a cooler will be fine also. We are
allowed one vehicle in the campgrounds. I
will have much more on this the closer we
get to the date.
We have two
great camping trips planned for
this month. We are taking Labor Day
weekend off so have a safe and happy
labor day. Check the site for hikes that yellow) is the poisonous one. Your
will be later in the month. chance of dying from a venomous
snakebite in the wilderness is extremely
remote (about one in 12 million).
The cook out and tubing
Snakes can strike up to one-half their
trip was wonderful with great food and
body length and may bite and not inject
good friends. The tubing trip was so
venom. No poisoning occurs in about 20
enjoyable that it is planned again for Sun
to 30 percent of rattlesnake bites.
Signs and symptoms: Pain and burning
at the bite site, followed by swelling or
blistering, nausea and vomiting,
numbness or tingling, especially around
mouth, scalp or fingers, severe bite-
weakness, dizziness, shock, cold,
The next rafting trip is in
clammy skin weak pulse
October the 12th, 13th and 14th. We will
Treatment: control panic, rinse the area
be camping at the Breaks State Park. IF
around the bite site with water to remove
YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TRIP any venom that might remain on the skin
YOU MUST CALL AS SOON AS surface, clean the wound and cover with
POSSIBLE TO RESERVE AND PAY FOR a sterile dressing. Remove any rings or
YOUR SPOT. THEY GO FAST AND THIS jewelry, immobilize the injured part as
RIVER IS RAFTED ONLY IN THE you would for a fracture, but splint it just
MONTH OF OCTOBER ON THE below the level of the heart. Transport
WEEKENDS. See the site for details on the victim to the nearest hospital as soon
how to reserve your spot. Before RSVP as possible. It is not necessary to kill the
yes for the trip please pay for you trip snake and transport it with the victim for
and than put confirmed by your name. identification. Identify the snake if
possible. Decapitated snake heads can
still produce venom. Believe it or not
snakes are more afraid of you than you
are of them. They also do a lot of good
so please treat them with respect.
This time of year snakes are
out and about either seeking shade to Did you know that a ring around the
stay cool or sun to get warm. When moon is a sign of impending wet
hiking do not put your hands where you weather, as is a halo around the sun.
cannot see where they are going and Both mean bad weather is on the way in
when coming to a log, tree trunk in the the next 12-24 hours.
path always step on top of the log and
look down under the log to make sure no
varmint is under the log trying to get
cool. Did you know a gauze pad impregnated
There are two classes of poisonous with honey is an effective covering for
snakes in the United States; Pit vipers burns. (1st degree). It reduces infection
and coral snakes. Pit vipers include and promotes healing of the wound.
rattlesnakes, cottonmouths (water
moccasins) and copperheads. They have
a characteristic triangular head, and RSVP yes and come join us on our
catlike, elliptical pupil. Coral snakes are adventures.
known by their color pattern (red touch