Mapping the Sheltowee
A Guide for the Trails in the BSF and DBNF
• Section 6
Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:08 am (GMT -5)
Challenge participants are approaching the halfway point on their quest to complete their end to end hike of the Trace. Section 6 is up next from Turkeyfoot to Wildcat Mountain a distance of 38 miles. Time to give a few more hours a few more miles to get caught up and back on track.
Section hikers are welcome to join for just one section.
Team one is hiking June 19 -21 with the shuttle picking folks up at Wildcat parking lot on Sat morning.
Team two is hiking on July 13 -14 with shuttle from Wildcat also.
Registration info and other details can be found on our Facebook page or if you have questions please send an ... continues
• Trail Work - S-Tree Volunteers Needed
Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:35 am (GMT -5)
The STA continues to work with the Forest Service to harden the Trace between S-Tree and Turkeyfoot. The next workday is Saturday, July 27th. We meet at the day parking lot on the right as you enter the camp. There are piles of concrete block stacked there. Dress for the weather, bring gloves, water and a snack. We meet at 9:30, work til 3:00 or until we get a section done if earlier. The more help we have the more we can get done. If you have questions please ask or contact email@example.com.
Check us out at sheltoweetrace.twitter.com and on facebook in the hiking groups under The Sheltowee Trace.... continues
• New Halfway point
Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:04 am (GMT -5)
The new halfway point for the ST has shifted south to the Lick Creek area. The STA is looking for volunteer(s) to help construct an appropriate marker for the halfway point. Attached is a photo of the current marker on the A.T. but we are restricted to this approach.
Ideas can be posted here or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check us out at sheltoweetrace.twitter.com and on facebook in the hiking groups under The Sheltowee Trace. Sign up and join the discussion. Become a member of The Sheltowee Trace Association and help us maintain and grow the Trace.
• KY weather
Posted: Thu May 30, 2013 10:02 am (GMT -5)
Whenever I am planning a trip I always like to get the average weather for the area as well as the record high and record low for an area. I found the info once before but cant find it now.
where can I find the average temperature, the record high and low temp, as well as other average conditions to expect (i.e. rainfall, wind gusts etc.) for the DBNF? Thanks!!
KYkamper- leaving your mark is overated
• Little Bit of History 'bout Me and the Whys of Doing This...
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:16 pm (GMT -5)
I CAN do this!!! (Entry from my journal two weeks before)
Or at least I think I might be able to give it a try?
My real name is Stephanie. This is my 2nd attempt at thru-hiking the Sheltowee.
If there is one lesson I learned from my adventure on the Sheltowee Trace last spring it is this: Expect the unexpected. I am not invincible. I can fail and stand back up and laugh about it. Keep trying.
I remember the first time I learned about the Sheltowee Trace. It had been a name I had seen on the maps of the Red River Gorge and on trailhead signs throughout the area. The "turtle" I would sometimes see painted on tree... continues
• Two Days Before (just random thoughts)
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:12 pm (GMT -5)
As I'm sitting here weighing and re-weighing every single item in my pack I'm thinking about last years experience on the trail what lessons learned could I possibly take with me on this years attempt.
I think first and foremost...this is not going to be handed to me; I will need to work for it. Not only the days on the trail, but also the countless days and weeks spent in the last year training. You know that saying, "If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen." Well, I don't think that applies to this. Or maybe it does, but I didn't realize that "finding a way to make it happen" was going to ta... continues
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 7:48 pm (GMT -5)
In preparing for this hike, I trained for a year. I had attempted to thru-hike last March and was off the trail in five days for a number of reasons. My navigation skills were not up to par with the route finding challenges the Sheltowee presented. My body was not up to par with the physical demands that came with thru-hiking. Tornados were busting through Kentucky and in the end, I chickened out both mentally and physically by day five. With my tail between my legs, I went back home to the cabin in the woods my husband and I call our home. Located just a mile from Nada Tunnel, the Red River Gorge is my back ya... continues
• Day 1 Southern Terminus to Charit Creek Lodge-14.4 miles
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 7:47 pm (GMT -5)
Day One - Southern Terminus in Big South Fork to Charit Creek Lodge (14.4 miles hiked with two fords.)
My husband and I stayed at the Charit Lodge the night before I was to leave the new Southern Terminus in Big South Fork. We woke up to snow showers and started our mile hike out to our car. The plan was to meet my friend Michele at the Southern Terminus and hike back to the Charit Lodge to spend our first night in a dry, warm cabin. It was over the original planned 10 miles, but I thought it would be worth hiking the extra mileage for a nice meal and toasty fire.
I wasn’t entirely sure Michele was going to show up so I ... continues
• Day 2 Charit Creek Lodge to Chestnut Ridge-14.8 miles
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 7:46 pm (GMT -5)
Day Two Charit Creek Lodge to Chestnut Ridge (14.8 miles No fords or major creek crossings)
After a huge breakfast provided by Charit Lodge consisting of eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and a tall glass of orange juice; Michele and I were ready to hit the trail once more.
Again, it was a wet and snowy morning with cold temperatures. But after a few minutes of brisk walking, we were plenty warm. We knew the approximate course and our plan was to hike to Maude’s Crack and see how we felt. It was only about 10 miles up the trail and seemed like it could be a good place to start searching for a camping spot. I felt great, bu... continues
• Day 3 Chestnut Ridge to Peter’s Mountain Road-16.6 miles
Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 7:45 pm (GMT -5)
Day Three – Chestnut Ridge to Peter’s Mountain Road (16.6 miles with plenty of creek crossings)
We woke up to more snow and chilly weather so we quickly ate some energy bars and packed up. With frozen toes and fingers, we hit the trail to get warmed up. My goal was to get to Divide Road and stop and have a warm breakfast. I hiked on ahead at my own speed and Michele hiked at her comfortable speed. This was my favorite thing about hiking in the snow. The person behind would simply follow the tracks of the person ahead.
I reached Divide Road first and made my breakfast. When Michele arrived, she went on ahead and I c... continues
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