New Meetup: Smokies, Eastern TN, NC

From: James
Sent on: Friday, August 7, 2009 7:00 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nashville Backpacker Meetup!

What: Smokies, Eastern TN, NC

When: August 21,[masked]:00 PM

Kroger - Hermitage
Old Hickory Blvd Across from Summit Medical Center
Hermitage, TN 37076

Not sure of the location yet. Will update next week.

Looking at leaving Friday afternoon or evening, depending on when people can get off work. Driving to the trailhead to camp Friday night, then early start on Saturday.

Looking at 20-30 miles of moderate to strenuous terrain, hopefully in a loop.

If gear is a concern, or if you have extra to offer, let me know and I'll try to match people up. (There is a suggested gear list for beginners available through the Nashville Hiking Meetup.)

Also, Backpacker magazine recently did an article on a route through many of the old settlements in the Smokies, before the land was consolidated into the park. I don't have the details in front of me, but let me know if you're interested and I'll look over that route. (I think the route described was 3-4 days.)

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