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DAYHIKE: Backus Carolinian Forest (13.5km|4.5km/hr) (5/12/2019)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: CARPOOL: Passenger pick-up at Kipling subway station

DESTINATION: Backus Woods, Norfolk County
Date(s) & Time:Sun, May 12 2019  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 10:05 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 10 2019 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:7 hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Mike K
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 14 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:17
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 16 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

NOTE: PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAITING LIST. I will add more spots as more drivers sign- up to participate in the carpool for the hike. Waiting list preference will go to new members (5 or fewer events) first.

DRIVERS, WHEN YOU SIGN UP, PLEASE WRITE IN THE NOTES SECTION, THE AMOUNT OF PASSENGERS YOU CAN TAKE IN YOUR CAR! If this is not completed, you may be moved to the wait line until this question is answered

Backus Woods is a spectacular older-growth Carolinian forest where some of the oldest living trees in Ontario are found. Variety of tree species including black oak, beech, sugar maple, red maple and red pine. You will see Tulip Trees, Flowering Dogwood, Sassafrass, American Chestnut along with many other ferns and wild flowers. There is also variety of bird species, Chickadee, Salamander, Woodpecker, Warbler, Owl, Eastern Hognose and a haven for at-risk species.

This is a D3 hike for the pace and length.

Please pack a light lunch with you. We will take a short break for lunch during our hike.

This is an 13.5 km hike. The hike (include breaks) will take 3-3.5 hours. Driving will take approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes each way.

Start We will be meeting at the passenger pick-up at Kipling subway station passenger pick-up Please arrive on time as we will be leaving at 10:05 AM sharp.
End After the hike, passengers will be dropped off at Kipling subway station passenger pick-up (unless drivers are willing to drop off passengers elsewhere)
Distance Approx. 13.5 km
Pace 4.5 km/hour (average pace for fit and younger individuals, above-average pace for others)
Trail Conditions We will be hiking primarily on dirt trails.
Difficulty This is a D3 hike because of the pace and length. Please only sign up for the hike if you can handle hiking at 4.5km/hour for three hours.
Weather historial average: 17 degrees

Required Items to Bring:

A light lunch (e.g. sandwich, fruit, nuts, granola bar)

Suitable Footwear (hiking boots are recommended, as there may be muddy parts of the trail)

Money to pay the driver gas money for the carpool (we will be paying before we leave - no money, no travel!). The carpool cost will be about $15-$25 per person (depending on the number of passengers).
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS: Please meet at passenger pick-up at Kipling subway station passenger pick-up before 10:00 AM, as we are leaving at 10:05AM SHARP.

This is the route drivers will take. It will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive from the station to Backus Woods.

MAP OF BACKUS WOODS TRAILShttp://norfolk.maps.arc r/index.html? id=ffb64f3519b44a49a87fe5ae88291d9d&find=Backus %25Woods%25Trail%25System
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):300Km
Carpool Departure Time: 10:05 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $66.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.220, effective Tuesday, August 20, 2019). This is based on $0.08/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Your event coordinator will confirm exactly how much money is required from each person.

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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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