|Saturday||June 13||Carpool from DC to Erwin, TN|
|Sunday||June 14||Start Roan Highlands backpack|
|Monday||June 15||On trail|
|Tuesday||June 16||On trail|
|Wednesday||June 17||Complete Roan Highlands backpack|
|Thursday||June 18||Head home or stay for optional dayhikes or a second backpack|
|Friday||June 19||Optional activities|
|Saturday||June 20||Optional activities|
|Sunday||June 21||Head home if you haven't already done so|
Optional Post Backpack Activities
Dayhike in Grayson Highlands State Park,
VA, this is on the way home, about 2 hr into the drive.
1-2 night Backpack or dayhikes in Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness, TN, roughly 2+ hr drive West of the Roan Highlands backpack.
1-2 night Backpack or dayhikes in Great Smoky Mountains, NP, TN & NC, roughly 2+ hr drive Southwest of Roan Highlands backpack.
I will most likely be staying in the area for dayhikes or a 2nd backpack, and driving home on Sunday 6/21. Right now I'm focusing on the Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness which has numerous beautiful waterfalls - great for viewing and photography.
Some Required Gear
If people want to share tents, water filters, first aid kits, stoves, or meals, you can work that out for yourselves from the participant list which will be emailed. We really only need one stove, first aid kit, and water purifier for every two or three people. I will try to coordinate this with participants.
Guidebook & Maps
Appalachian Trails Conservancy,
Tennessee - North Carolina, Maps 1 & 2
Their Guidebook for this section of the AT
If anyone has a health problem that I should know about, please tell me before you pass out.
Bring more food than you would normally eat. As a backpacker, you will appreciate the concept of food as fuel. Bring things that are lightweight, tasty, and nutritious but also easy to prepare, cook, and clean up after. Also bring foods that will not spoil in the heat. Plan a menu from Sunday lunch to Wednesday lunch plus energy snacks & drinks. Extra points for meals that pass the "Lick Test". Don't know what the "Lick Test" is? Read Colin Fletchers book "The Complete Walker" before the trip. We will go to a restaurant for breakfast Sunday morning, and dinner Wednesday evening.
Each person should carry at least two quarts or liters of water per day and replenish as necessary.
Leave No Trace
We will practice "Leave No Trace" backcountry ethics.
This means that we pack out all of our trash and garbage. It also means that we
do not use soap or shampoo to wash in mountain lakes or streams. Just swimming
in the water without using soap works pretty well all by itself for getting clean. Use a folding
basin and/or wash cloth and soap/shampoo a reasonable distance away from lakes or streams to wash more
thoroughly. It's okay to use a tiny amount of biodegradable soap
directly in the
lake or stream just to wash your hands and face.
To be determined - but will include: motel first night, possibly last night, a car shuttle if we don't have enough cars to do it ourselves, gas for your driver. I am not planning on collecting money; each person will make their own motel reservation for the first night, and pay their drivers the car pool fee. We should have enough people to do our own car shuttle, if not we will have to schedule a commercial shuttle and share the cost.
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 443-917-2902 Cell: 410-428-1868
to Carpool Location:
To be determined
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