Best of the AT: Roan Mountains September 22-28, 2019

Quick Facts: $699, 5 days on trail, 35 miles

Are you ready to join in on this adventure? Or do you have some questions we can answer before you make it official? Either way, hit this link and fill out our pre-registration form

Includes all gear, food, transportation, lodging, 2 guides, and a pre trip shakedown. Registration is open until September 1st, 2019. 

This was the location of our first Switchback Expedition and we just had so much fun the first time that we can’t wait to go back!

This expedition is designed for first time and beginning backpackers. People who will especially enjoy this expedition... have never backpacked before or have backpacked before but only for 1-2 nights at a time, people who want to learn the foundations of backpacking with a group of new friends, and people who are confident that they can hike 5-7 miles a day with a 35lb backpack. 

After an epic road trip from Grand Rapids, we will arrive at a bed and breakfast style hiker hostel near Elk Park, Tennessee. Day two of our trip will start with a filling breakfast and a shuttle ride to a trail head on the Appalachian Trail for five days of hiking, covering approximately 35 miles of trail.

Hikers will experience a night in the highest shelter on the entire Appalachian Trail, summit several mountain tops, and learn about backpacking from a former thru hiker; all along with the challenges, camaraderie, great food, and unforgettable scenery you can expect from the country’s oldest long distance footpath. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 70’s during the day and down to the mid 40’s at night. All gear, transportation, food, and lodging, will be provided along with the expertise of two trained backpacking guides.

This expedition includes all food, gear, transportation, lodging, planning, and good times. During the expedition you are responsible for lunches and snacks during two driving days. 

Have your own gear? We do require the use of some group gear, but below you'll find some discounts we can give you if you have some gear of your own: 

Gear Discounts available Take this amount off of your trip total...
Backpack $20.00
Sleeping bag $20.00
Sleeping pad $10.00



This expedition has a minimum guest requirement of 6 people. If the minimum requirement is not met after you have already paid, you will be refunded in full or given the option to move your payment to another expedition. Ages 18+ are eligible to join. 


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