January 9-11, 2009: Mountain Justice Meeting – Camp Blanton, KY

There will be a Mountain Justice meeting the weekend of Jan 9-11 at Camp Blanton in Harlan County, KY, all are welcome.

http://www.campblantontrust.com/

We will be discussing the Tennessee TVA coal ash disaster and our response, as well as planning the MJ Summer Camp which will also be at Camp Blanton in May. Come check out this beautiful camp in the Kentucky mountains!

Plan on arriving Friday night. The meeting will be Saturday starting around 9:00 lasting until about 5.

Kids are welcomed.

Sunday we will go hiking to Knobby Rock, Sand Cave and The Maze on Pine Mountain just above the camp. This is old growth forest and an amazingly beautiful place.

We will be cooking meals and if people can bring food that would be great. There is no cost to attend our meeting.

We will have a nice fire going for the meeting in Duffield Lodge, just across the lake. Or we might meet in the main lodge if there is a big crowd.


What to bring:

This is a Boy Scout camp that has been recently remodeled. It has two
nice cabins with about 30 beds total. There are also two old cabins you probably wont want to sleep in, but they have cots. If you want privacy, you will probably want to bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad etc. There are plenty of tenting spaces but will be cold to sleep outdoors.

Bring slepeing bag, towel and bedding and personal items, laptop, notebook etc. Bring gloves, hat, warm clothes and sweaters.

There is a nice main dining hall (heated) – it will mostly be vegetarian food.

There is a beautiful mountain above the camp with an excellent one-hour
hiking trail and view. If you want to hike it, you should be in good
physical condition and bring hiking boots.

There is one fair-sized bathhouse with three showers M-F. Bring your
own towel and personal needs.

There will probably be no cell phone service at the camp.

Bring a flashlight

Please no alcohol, no drugs, no dogs.


Directions:

Directions from OH, KY, TN, VA, NC and WV – (From other areas, just
Mapquest “Camp Blanton” and put “Harlan Kentucky” for the city and
state)

From Ohio:

Starting at Cincinnati,

  • I-75 S go 160 miles
  • Take the US-25E exit (Kentucky EXIT 29) and turn LEFT onto US-25E. Go
    34.5 miles thru Barbourville and Pineville
  • Shortly after Pineville, Turn LEFT onto US-119, and go 23.5 miles
  • Turn LEFT onto KY-840 go 1.6 miles, follow MJS signs to Camp Blanton

From Lexington:

  • I-75 S toward KNOXVILLE. 80.7 miles
  • Take the US-25E exit (EXIT 29) and turn LEFT onto US-25E. Go 34.5
    miles thru Barbourville and Pineville
  • Shortly after Pineville, Turn LEFT onto US-119, and go 23.5 miles
  • Turn LEFT onto KY-840 go 1.6 miles, follow MJS signs to Camp Blanton

From Knoxville (2 hrs 15 min)

  • From I640 Take 441 to TN-33 N, then go 41.5 miles on 33N
  • Stay STRAIGHT to go onto US-25E N / TN-32 N. Continue to follow US-25E
    N (Crossing into KENTUCKY at Cumberland Gap) 24.4 miles
  • Go through Middlesboro KY
  • Turn RIGHT onto US-119 and go 23.5 miles (if you go into downtown
    Pineville, you have missed the turn for US 119)
  • Turn LEFT onto KY-840, travel 1.6 miles follow MJS signs to Camp
    Blanton

From VA (less than 1.5 hours from Big Stone Gap):

  • Take I81 to Kingsport, then US 23 North to Big Stone Gap
  • From Big Stone Gap, take US-58 ALT WEST (not east) for 16.3 miles to Pennington
    Gap
  • Turn RIGHT onto US-421 and follow US-421 N (Crossing into KENTUCKY).
    Its 25.3 miles to Harlan
  • At Harlan, Turn LEFT onto US-119 south, go 3.1 miles
  • Turn RIGHT onto KY-840 and stay on KY-840 – follow MJS signs to Camp
    Blanton

From Charleston or Coal River WV (4 hours):

  • Basically you just stay on US 119 south all the way to Harlan, but 119
    makes a bunch of turns and its easy to miss the turns.
  • Take US 119 south to Kentucky, going through S. Williamson until T
    intersection with US 23 near Pikeville (total 107 mi from Charleston).
  • Turn left at T to stay on US 119/US 23 South for 32.2 miles
  • Turn right to stay on US-119 S, going toward WHITESBURG (10.7 miles).
    Do not go into Virginia – the turnoff to stay on US 119 towards
    Whitesburg is before going up the big mountain
  • At the McDonalds in Whitesburg, turn left and go up and over Pine
    Mountain (past Jim Webbs Wileys Last Resort place) and go 43.0 miles
    staying on US 119 south, a crummy winding road
  • Go through Harlan staying on US 119 south
  • About 3 miles west of Harlan, turn RIGHT onto KY-840
  • Follow MJS signs to Camp Blanton

From Asheville NC

  • Take I26 North to Kingsport TN
  • Then US 23 North into Virginia to Big Stone Gap
  • From Big Stone Gap, take US-58 ALT WEST (not east) for 16.3 miles to Pennington Gap
  • Turn RIGHT onto US-421 and follow US-421 N (Crossing into KENTUCKY).
    Its 25.3 miles to Harlan
  • At Harlan, Turn LEFT onto US-119 south, go 3.1 miles
  • Turn RIGHT onto KY-840 and stay on KY-840 – follow MJS signs to Camp
    Blanton

From other areas, just Mapquest “Camp Blanton” and put “Harlan
Kentucky” for the city and state

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