Let's meet at Wolf Gap Campground on Friday night to camp out (with great dutch oven cooking..mmm) then go enjoy 2 great hikes on Saturday, Big Schloss and then Tibbet Knob. You will learn to camp, backpack, hike and find out why our group enjoys the outdoors together so much! There are great views where we roam, and the camping at Wolf Gap Campground is free! We will leave on Sunday morning and go to Strickler Knob (across the Shenandoah Valley) to enjoy a strenuous hike to another gorgeous view, then compare notes on which view we enjoy the best at an optional post hike meal nearby on the way home! If we have enough strong hikers I would enjoy doing both Duncan and Strickler Knobs in one day just to shake things up a bit! I see one hike or the other listed, but hey, we are backpackers, so let's go for it (the trifecta....or more!) to get ready for some great upcoming backpacking trips and bump that fun meter way up!
Strickler Knob info is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/StricklerKnob/
Big Schloss is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/BigSchloss/
and Tibbet Knob is here: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/TibbetKnob/
Please print off a copy of each map and trail description and bring it with you in a zip lock bag.
So there you go, 3 of the best local hikes and views in our area, close to home and 2 good days and nights of exercise and fun...what more could you look in an end of winter trip?! For those of you wanting to learn more about camping and backpacking, here is your chance with options that make sense for your level as you can beg off once you get tired. This trip was immensely popular last year so sign up early! So let's go have some fun...locally before those dreaded bugs come out and get our bodies and outdoor equipment ready for Spring!
Finally here is the menu with participants paying their share (budget about $10-15 for group meals/drinks):
Cattle Drive Menu for Satuday Breakfast and Dinner:
Main Vittles: Roundup BBQ Ribs, Cattle Drive Chili, Chuck wagon/Burrito Casserole
Sidekicks & Soppers: Cast Iron Cornbread, Cowboy potatoes, Tortilla chips and Salsa
Cowboy Sweets: Denver Chocolate Pudding Cake, Down Home Peach Cobbler or Side Saddle Cherry Cobbler (smaller 10" DO).
If leftovers on fruit cobblers, we can have with breakfast.
Chuck Wagon Sunrise Pancakes, bacon/sausage & Jim's Cinnamon Pecan Ring
Brew: Water, Cowboy Coffee and Tea; Margaritas & Sangria (extra charge for these).
For a discussion of gear and list of equipment click here:
and a gear list here:
So let's saddle up for a great Backpacking 101 up on the mountain!