Photos by, Robert Wormley
On a rainy Saturday morning the Outdoor Club embarks on their two day long journey through the Red River Gorge part of Daniel Boone National Forest located in east-central Kentucky. “ “There is a potential for showers we could get a little wet, I think it’s kinda neat when it rains, except when it storms,” said sponsor Suzie Moss.
After they finished their lunch freshmen (left to right) Andrew Stewart, Brady McWhorter, Devin Stock and Kris Beaton climb small rocks with in a rock formation hollowed out by wind thousands of years ago.
The Outdoor Club descends back into to the valleys of the gorge to continue their scenic trek to point Hanson’s Point where they will arrive this evening.
Senior Chloe Eberle and junior Ben Simmons hike their way along a trail with a beautiful overhanging rock formation.
Club sponsor Noel McRae poses for shot by dramatically leaping through the air. “I go faster downhill than I go up,” said McRae.
Beaton performs a difficult maneuver over slick roots and rocks to continue on the trail.
McRae leads the way to a natural spring called “La Petite Niagara” to refill water bottles and containers the last time until midday Sunday.
Stewart, Stock and Simmons follow McRae’s lead down to the sacred oasis of clean water.
Working like a machine to fill all water containers to the brim “Teamwork is the most important thing,” said Moss when instructing the club on how to efficiently filter and contain as much clean water as possible.
“Some filters will filter through a paper media others are ceramics mine filters with paper and filters out everything but viruses,” said McRae.
This weekend was chosen for the Outdoor Club’s fall backpacking trip because it was the peak weekend for the autumn leaf color change. In the wind and at a relatively low shutter speed of 1/125 of a second the colorful forest appears painted.
Moss helps the younger Outdoor Club members properly set up their tents and prepare for the possibility of heavy rain late saturday night. “Gear prep is vital, safety and being well equipped is critically related to fun,” said Moss.
At Hansson’s Point sophomore Chloe Eberle strays behind the group to take in the breathtaking grand canyon-esque scene. “The hike was definitely worth the the spectacular view at the end. Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy views with a group of people other times I feel that you can get more out of it when you’re by yourself,” said Eberle
Eberle and Moss slowly lead the way back to camp as the daylight quickly melts away.
Moss and Eberle boil water to prepare their food Saturday evening. “What food were you preparing?” “We were preparing our dehydrated meals, it took me by surprise that it was better than expected, considering I had never had dehydrated food before,” said Eberle.
“Campfire gather is always such an enjoyable aspect of backpacking, McRae is one of the best storytellers I know!” said Moss. “It definitely brings people together it really helps you get to know the people you’re with, sharing experiences and stories, it’s fun,” said McRae.
McRae stops to carefully read a map as he and Jared Arand lead the Floyd Central Outdoor Club back to their trusty mini buss.
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