(CANCELED) September 20-26: Backpacking the Roan Mountains
This course is eligible for our "Better with Friends" rebate! After more than 7 people have signed up, every participant has the potential to get a rebate of $50 or more. We recommend that you reserve your space with a deposit as the final price may be lower to reflect this benefit. Curious about this? Read more!
The Appalachian Trail through the Roan Mountains of North Carolina is near and dear to our hearts, as this will be the third year that we get to adventure there with some stellar new friends. Hike over several grassy mountains, explore rhododendron mazes, and spend a night in the highest shelter on the entire AT!
Backpackers of all levels are welcome for this beginner paced, 5 day trek. We will hike an average of 6 miles a day during this course, and while the terrain is mountainous, it is not rocky or technical. If you are looking for a slight step up in challenge, consider our Grayson Highlands course.
The Gist:35 miles in 5 days on trail. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 70’s during the day and down to the mid 40’s at night. All transportation, trail food, and lodging will be provided along with the expertise of two trained backpacking leaders. Guests should plan on bringing cash for food on travel days, as well as 2 meals on the final day of the hike. Gear rental is available, see pricing below. Registration is open until August 24th.
(may change slightly due to weather or trail conditions)
September 17: Shakedown! 7pm at Switchback.
September 20: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 the Mountain Harbor Bed and Breakfast Hostel.
September 21-24:Trail days: each day we will hike between 5-7 miles, ending each night in a gorgeous new spot for great food and gsleep under the stars.
September 25:This will be a half day on trail, as we will have just walked 35 miles and will be well deserving of the showers and food that await us.
September 26: 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.