(Cancelled) April 26th - May 2nd: Backpacking in the Grayson Highlands
This course is canceled due to COVID-19. We are planning to reschedule this course for a later date.
The Grayson highlands offers summit after summit of incredible views, a broad variety of hiking terrain, and even a host of friendly wild ponies! Guests who join this course do not need to have backpacking experience. This trek involves daily mileages of between 7-8 miles and does involve slightly rocky terrain (not hand over hand climbing). If you could run a 5k with a little training, you can do this course!
The Gist: 45 miles in 5 days on trail. Exploration of Damascus, VA (aka Trail Town USA). All transportation, trail food, and lodging will be provided along with the expertise of two trained backpacking guides. Guests should plan on bringing cash for food on travel days, as well as 2 meals at a restaurant on the final day of the hike. Gear rental is available, see pricing below. Registration is open until April 29th.
(may change slightly due to weather or trail conditions)
April 5th: Registration deadline
April 23: Shakedown! 7pm at Switchback.
April 26:Assemble at Switchback at 5 am and load up in the van for a road trip headed south! Our first night will be spent in a bed and breakfast style hostel in Damascus, Va.
April 27-April 30:Trail days: each day we will hike between 7-10 miles, ending each night in a gorgeous new spot for great food and sleep under the stars.
May 1:This will be a half day on trail, as we will have just walked 45 miles and will be well deserving of the showers and food that await us.
May 2: In the morning we will load up the van and head back to Grand Rapids. Estimated return time: 5pm.
This course has a minimum participant requirement of 6 people. Ages 18 and up are welcome.