Here's a rough outline of this weekend's schedule.
Eat dinner on your way in.
Arrive at camp.
Get warm by the fire and drink hot chocolate.
Classic American breakfast: coffee, OJ, eggs, sausage, toast or bagels, hash browns.
Climb Big Schloss (4.1 miles at a[masked] mph pace) and take in the amazing views from the top of gigantic rock fortress.
Lunch: Bring your own lunch and eat at the top.
Return to camp.
Proceed to Tibbet Knob (3.1 miles at a[masked] pace).
Return to camp.
Gather firewood. We'll need plenty of it to keep us warm at night and with some to spare for Sunday morning
Dinner: Dutch-oven Brunswick stew & smores.
Hobo breakfast - tin-foil wrapped meals that we'll cook in the fire.
Drive to Strickler Knob and begin hike (9.1 mile hike at a[masked] pace). Pack your lunches and snacks for the hike.
The meals are optional and you're all welcome to bring your own food. However, if you are interested in the group meals, I need to know as soon as possible. The estimated cost will be about $15-20 per person depending on the number of people. You will still need to bring your own lunches and trail snacks.
Get back to me ASAP with a "Yes" or "No" to the group dinner.
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. If we have some strong hikers come out, we can organize the classic 21 mile loop in the area as well. 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/ 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 a beginning 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.....or beg for more! This trip was immensely popular last year so sign up early! So let's go have some fun...locally before Christmas and get our bodies and outdoor equipment ready for many more great times together!