You've been backpacking for a while, and while you love the group experience, part of the reason you got into backpacking was for the solitude. Yet you wonder: Do I have what it takes to be out alone, overnight? This class lets you find out in a safe setting with an instructor nearby.
How the class works:
Friday: Arrive at Wilson Creek Visitor Center at 4 p.m. We'll drive 20 minutes to the Huntfish Falls Trailhead and hike a mile to our camp for the night. On Friday, we camp together.
Saturday: We will take a day hike up Gragg Prong, checking out the great falls and pools along the way, and practicing our water crossing skills. We'll return to camp around 2 p.m., break camp and move on to our destination for the evening, along the Little Lost Cove Trail. Along this 1.3-mile trail, each camper will be assigned her/his own spot. You won't be more than a couple hundred yards from your nearest classmate, nor more than a mile from the instructor. Between 7 and 7:30, the instructor will surreptitiously swing by your campsite to see if you need anything (you'll signal this by way of a glow stick).
Sunday: We'll gather at 9 a.m. for breakfast on one of the best outcrops in the state and discuss our evenings. If time allows, we will do a four-mile day hike.
What this course includes:
* Planning meeting: Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Chapel Hill's Eastgate Village, 100 E. Franklin St. We will go over logistics of the weekend as well as aspects of a solo trip that make it different from camping with a group.
* eguide with custom map of the route, camping spots, water sources, and tips on going solo.
Class size is limited to 8
A NOTE ABOUT REGISTERING:
The growing popularity of our hikes, trips and classes has lead us to the following registration policy. Immediately upon signing up on Meetup, we will send you an invoice. Within two weeks, you may either:
* Pay the entire amount, which is eligible for a full refund if you cancel seven days or more before the event, or;
* Pay a $50 non-refundable deposit. The balance will be due two weeks before the event. If you do not pay by the two-week deadline, you will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist.
If you choose neither option within two weeks, your name will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist, in which case you may not make the trip roster.
If you have not been on a previous outing or taken a class with us and we do not have your email address — to send you trip information and an invoice through PayPal — we will send you a request for your email through Meetup (or beat us to the punch and just send your email address to [masked]). If we do not receive your email address within two weeks, you will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist.