(Overnight) August 2-4 Mt. Rogers Blueberry Pancake… Err… Backpack!

  • August 2, 2013 · 5:00 PM

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.


ITINERARY:

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.


TRIP DIFFICULTY:

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.


PREREQUISITES:

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.


SIGN-UP:

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).

Steve L
THOG Organizer

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  • JD

    In response to my offer and inquiries for a Gear List, please go to http://www.geargrams.com/list?id=14683 If inaccessible or for questions, I'm glad to get back to you at [masked] - I found the items I brought (except for forgetting the tent stakes but compensated by Tom's kindness and Mother Nature's stones) more than adequate for the weekend. I was warm and dry. The cooking apparatus added a bit more but I wouldn't have brought that were it not for trying to help the group. I learned from Wes and have ordered an Alite seat. Now if there were a way to take a sponge bath, remain modest and not let these old bones get instantly chilled . . . Happy Trails, JD

    August 6, 2013

    • JD

      Some of you saw my pillow cover for the 'drool king'. I realize it's excess weight but the pleasure of having something soft on my face and the convenience of washing it post-adventure make it an always add to the pack http://www.etsy.com/l...­?

      August 7, 2013

  • Wes

    Steve - thanks for organizing the trip. I had a great time.

    JD - I have a Snow Peak burner and fuel canister that we think belong to you. I live in Apex - let me know how to get them to you.

    August 4, 2013

    • Wes

      No answer so I left them on your front porch.

      August 6, 2013

    • JD

      Wes - I should buy stock in Lowe's I go there so often. If it drops to <$44 I probably will. I hope "Killer" didn't try to blast through the door and lick you to death. Many thanks. http://outdoorherbivo...­ JD

      August 6, 2013

  • JD

    To paraphrase Samuel Clemmons, reports of his death are greatly . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Kamen

    August 5, 2013

  • JD

    Everything fell into place wonderfully. Anyone who didn't go missed a great weekend.

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • Chris & M.

      I really enjoyed hearing about your adventures! Hope you and your wife enjoy the hut to hut trip in Mount Blanc.

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • JD

      I'll put photos on FB when we go. Fun hiking with you.

      August 6, 2013

  • Steve L

    Thanks everyone for a GREAT weekend! We came and experienced just about everything the Mt. Rogers area had to offer, especially blueberries and not so wild ponys.

    August 4, 2013

    • Chris & M.

      I so enjoyed meeting you! You were a great leader with a good sense of humor I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend!

      August 5, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Nice hikes, great company! Thanks Steve!

    August 5, 2013

  • Jenelaine

    Absolutely beautiful! I had a wonderful time and I am so grateful for the experience.

    August 5, 2013

  • John M.

    Had a great time! Beautiful views, challenging terrain, thank you for coodinating Steve!

    August 4, 2013

  • Joe N

    I'm so sorry to have to cancel, but some family needs came up. Really wanted to go- I've been to Mt. Rogers/Grayson, and it's a beautiful place. Enjoy, y'all.

    July 31, 2013

  • John M.

    Looking forward to Friday, have Jetboil, and steripen.

    July 30, 2013

  • Helene

    Sorry guys : last minute change: i have to hope off :-( Enjoy the trail and the pancakes!

    July 30, 2013

  • Steve L

    I would like to join a carpool. I can meet on the west side of the Triangle in the 1:00-1:30 P.M. time frame. I'm off to THOG's Big Brevard this weekend so won't be able to respond until Monday.

    July 25, 2013

    • Steve L

      I'm in. Your Civic wins for gas mileage. We can discuss details later this week.

      July 28, 2013

    • Steve L

      Please call me (919)[masked] to discuss car pool arrangements or send me your number and a good time to call you.

      July 30, 2013

  • JD

    Happened to be WallyWorld and drifted to Camping where I found a damaged aluminum cookset at half price. So I'll bring an extra cooking pan.

    July 30, 2013

  • Bill D.

    Just a couple of things: (1) I use the weather for Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 as a forecast guide for weather, but we will be about 2000 ft higher in elevation each night. That means we will be between 7 and 12 degrees cooler than the forecast. (2) The weekend parking fee at Grayson Highlands is $8.00. (3) If in stock Walmart carries a 5' x 7' backpackers tarp that is very lightweight for about $10.00. Looking forward to seeing ya'll, Bill

    July 30, 2013

  • Bill D.

    How many folks are bringing "a water treatment system". The springs along this section of the AT run clear and cool, but all should be treated before drinking. For a group of ten we need at least two systems, three would be better, more than four would be over kill. I usually carry a Sawyer Gravity Filter.

    July 29, 2013

    • Steve L

      I have a UV source purifier (SteriPen) which is good for a liter at a time.

      July 29, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Bill - I'll bring a Sawyer Gravity Filter also, but I don't have a stove to bring.

      July 29, 2013

  • Steve L

    Wes, I still need your email address that will accept attachments so that I can send you the trip details. Please respond to the email I sent you last Thursday evening.

    July 28, 2013

    • Wes

      OK - I replied to the email. Let me know if you don't get it.

      July 29, 2013

    • Steve L

      Got it. You should have the details in your inbox.

      July 29, 2013

  • Steve L

    The detail email was sent this evening at 9:00 P.M. If you didn't receive it please check your SPAM box.

    July 29, 2013

  • Bill D.

    Next, I use a Jet Boil to boil water for instant coffee and dehydrated meals. If all you need is hot water I'm willing to share with one of two folks. Let me know.

    July 29, 2013

  • Tom

    Interested in joining with my girlfriend. We would need to join a carpool, and pay gas. Is there room? Should I join the waitlist?

    July 28, 2013

    • Bill D.

      Hi Tom, Steve is the organizer for this trip, but he is at Brevard for the weekend. So, I'll see if I can help. Because this is a backpacking trip through a wilderness area Steve has set the RSVP limit to 10. If you and your Girlfriend have a pretty good backpacking resume you could join the waitlist in case we have a person or two drop out. Due to the elevation changes and trail conditions, this hike requires prior backpacking experience. Hope this helps, Bill

      July 28, 2013

  • Bill D.

    I can bring a jetboil and gravity filter for common use. If we camp near Rhododendron Gap I would like to work on piping the spring there. We dug it out pretty good last trip, but it doesn't have a pipe or gutter.

    July 12, 2013

    • Steve L

      Bill, yes we will be near Rhododendron Gap on Saturday night.

      July 24, 2013

  • Chris & M.

    It would just be me Meredith not Chris. I'll be up there already if anyone would want to hike cabin creek or Wilson creek earlier on Friday

    July 24, 2013

  • Bill D.

    I see we have some folks from Greenville on the list. I could drive there for a connection as well. Thanks Bill

    July 22, 2013

    • Jenelaine

      you are welcome to ride with us!

      July 22, 2013

    • Bill D.

      Thanks, I'll send you an email with my contact info.

      July 23, 2013

  • Bill D.

    Ok - I got my Day Off confirmed at work. Next Step - Car Pool - I drive in from Goldsboro and prefer to park my pickup at someone's house (Garner, Clayton, Cary, Southern Raleigh maybe) and ride from there, 'cuz my truck get crap gas mileage and only holds two. Just to be picky I'm old and over 6 ft tall so I like to get a front seat. Any offers? Thanks Bill

    July 22, 2013

  • JD

    Steve - I suspect the non-pancakes (with wild blueberries) will be prepared al-fresco. I only ask because if so, I'll bring dehydrated (yuch) scrambled eggs and my own kitchen. Thanks

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Bill D.

    PS there were a lot of green blue berries at the corral campsite at scales. Hope the horse don't eat them all. ;-)

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Julie Shu-Li W.

    So sleeping bag, flash light, cook etc all needed to bring for this trip?

    July 12, 2013

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