Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and the adjoining Citico Creek Wilderness in Tennessee were no-brainers for inclusion as designated Wilderness Areas because so little has changed in the region since Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto came through the area in the early 1500s. Too rugged even for timbering, the rugged area retains its primitive feel amid its old growth forests.
We will plan to arrive Thursday around 5 p.m. and camp in the Horse Cove Campground near the trailhead. We'll be on the trail by 9 a.m. Friday, hiking roughly 8 to 10 miles a day, with a shorter hike out on Monday. A more detailed description of the route will be posted early the week of July 2.
Included in this trip:
* eguide, including detailed information on our route (including maps, elevation profiles and distances) as well as information about this roughly 33,000-acre wilderness.
* Trip planning meeting on Monday, Oct. 22. This will be a true trip planning meeting: We will get out the maps and trail guides and plot a trip that will have us covering 8 to 10 miles a day. Additional information on this upon payment.
* Suggesting training regimen for hang the physical challenges of this rugged area.