Hiking Season Drawing Near

It looks like the days of triple digit heat are behind us for 2012. Does it seem a little earlier than usual this year? I always remembered August as more severe than this. Anyway, it certainly has me drooling for the pending autumn season and the kick off of hiking season. I have already been scouring different web sites for tips and gear not to mention doing some light repairs on my standard gear pieces like my stove and GPS unit.

This year I am looking to finish the OHT. I have the last 40 mile section left on this one and that will likely be my first outing of the year sometime near the end of September. I have also determined to get out more. Last year I tried to limit myself to 1 or 2 trips out a month but summer seemed so long and early in coming I am going to do my best to do better this year. I also have better cold weather gear this time around so freezing temps in January won’t be as big an obstacle.

Trail objectives for 2012-13 hiking season:

- Finish the Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT)
- Do the whole of the Buffalo River Trail (BRT)
- Eagle Rock Loop
- Possibly revisit some of my favorite sections of the OHT

I can’t wait!

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