Help us to understand the experience level of our members. This will enhance the safety and planning of events. Are you new to backpacking or do you consider yourself an experience backpacker? About how long have you been backpacking?
Do you currently have all the equipment you need for a backpacking trip? i.e. backpack, boots, sleeping bag, stove, tent, cooking stuff, clothing, etc. etc., etc.?
When was the last time you went backpacking? Where did you go? How many nights were you on the trail?
To jump off a waterfall into a pond or lake.
What is the longest backpacking trip you have been on (number of days/nights)? Where?
Do you know how to read a topographic map? Do you own and know how to use a compass? Do you own and know how to use a GPS?
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” John Muir
Have you ever driven in the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Rockies, or been to Yosemite National Park or the Grand Canyon? Have you car camped in one of our National Forests or National Parks? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to venture out beyond the campground or overlook?
We are the one Meetup in the Hampton Roads area that ventures into beautiful mountain forests, following trails that meander over high ridges and cross beautiful mountain streams. We hike in the 'tree tunnels' along the Appalachian Trail, lined with Mountain Laurel and Rhododendrons. We hike over the passes of the Colorado Rockies and fish in the glaciated lakes of the Wind River Wilderness. We see views that only those who leave the trail head will ever see.
Our trips are normally Friday thru Sunday, with two nights camping and about a day and half hiking. Normally, we arrange carpools and/or convoys from this area to the forest trailhead and link up at the Friday night campsite. Due to differing work schedules, some people can arrive Friday in the afternoon, some may not be able to drive down until after work, arriving later in the evening, setting up in the dark by head-lamp. Saturday morning is breakfast and a meet-n-greet for late arrivals, then it's off down the trail to that days destination. Saturday night usually has a campfire with people preparing their meals and socializing. Sunday morning after breakfast, the group heads back towards the trail head and heads home. Many times the group will stop for lunch or early evening meal (victory feast!) for one last chance to socialize with everyone and to say 'so long'.
Backpacking can be expensive and time consuming and may not be for everyone. But if you're looking for get-a-ways that allow you to break-contact with the day to day rat race, commune with nature, make new friends, and above all, have fun, then please considering joining one of our trips!
We ask that you try to answer all profile questions and provide a photo when joining. This gives trip organizers a glimpse into the experience levels of those signing up for trips, as some trips are more difficult than others!
So, whether you are already an experienced backpacker who wants to hike with a new group of friends, or even lead trips, or if you've never taken that first step away from car camping and have wondered what it would be like to hike over that mountain and camp by a beautiful mountain stream, then give backpacking a try and join us today!