We’re a week early for a Perseid meteor shower trip so instead we’ll feast on blueberries! Our trek will take us to the cool balds of the rooftop of Virginia. Learn the history of these high balds and why they now offer some of the best wild blueberries you can find! We will also see the wild ponies that help maintain the openness of the area.
We will leave the trailhead Friday evening for a several mile backpack to our first campsite. This means that you will need to arrive at the trailhead by early evening so that we can get to our campsite before dark. The trailhead is approximately a 4½-hour drive from Raleigh. On Sunday we should be back at our cars by early afternoon.
I am rating this a moderate backpack totaling about 13 miles over 3 days. There will be an optional dayhike to the highest point in Virginia, Mt. Rogers, on Saturday. Even though we will be in the high mountains of Virginia there is not more than about 2000 feet of total elevation gain and loss on our route. This trip goes rain or shine. Participants are expected to have proper equipment for all expected weather conditions.
Due to Wilderness regulations this outing is limited to only 10 participants. Previous VERIFIED backpacking experience is REQUIRED. This requirement can be met by your THOG attendance history (preferred) AND your answers to the RSVP questions. You will also need to have a satisfactory THOG attendance history.
Leader approval is required for this outing. You will be added to the waiting list until your attendance history and backing experience can be verified. Once verified, I will move you to the “Yes” RSVP list.
More details will be sent later to those on the RSVP list.
If you have any questions you can send me an email via the THOG web site (Steve L).