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Meet others in Nashville, middle Tennessee, and beyond, interested in backpacking. At regular monthly meetings at REI we discuss trails, equipment, tents, hammocks, packs, stoves, cameras and photography, clothing, weather, wildlife, first aid, food, recipes, etc., and find fellow hikers to go backpacking with. Our backpacking trips are multi-day events that require a great deal of work by hike organizers. PLEASE RSVP WITH INTEGRITY; if you can't do that, this might not be the Meetup group for you.

Most of our trips are open to all members on a first-come basis. However, there will be events that are attendance-selective based on difficulty, experience required, past participation in related or similar events, etc. This will be at the discretion of the specific event organizer.

Upcoming events (4+)

Overnight Backpack: Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Park

Last minute flash-trip to Frozen Head. Weather looks too good not to backpack!

I've reserved the Squire Knob campsite for Friday night. A couple of us will be hiking up around noon on Friday, but those confirmed for the trip are welcome to take whatever route they prefer, and arrive at any point during the day. Just let me know what your plans are ahead of time. Low temps on the mountain will be low 40's to upper 30's.

This trip is for experienced backpackers or conditioned beginners familiar with the distance and elevation gain involved. This will be a "go at your own pace" hike, so come prepared with a map and an understanding of the route. There is a spring near the campsite, hopefully it will have water with the recent rains.

If I haven't hiked with you previously, please send me a Meetup message with your phone number when you rsvp for this trip. If I don't receive your contact info when you sign up, your spot will go to the next person on the wait list.

This is a dog friendly trip....feel free to bring your pups. If you have any questions about this hike, please let me know. My phone number is[masked]. Please RSVP with integrity....canceling at the last minute keeps someone else from attending.

Fiery Gizzard Overnight Backpack: Easy or Hard

Foster Falls

/*Please read the entire trip description before signing up*/

/*All times mentioned here are in Central Time. And before you ask me again, Central Time Zone.*/

There will be 2 options for this trip:

Option 1: Easy hike: I'm broken so this is all I will be doing. Meet at the Foster Falls trailhead at 1:00 pm Saturday and hike 2.5 miles to the Small Wilds campsite. Hike out the same route on Sunday. This is a short, easy hike, but you will enjoy beautiful Foster Falls and numerous vistas overlooking the gorge.

Option 2: Difficult hike: I take no responsibility for this, figure it out amongst yourselves, print out trail maps, write down GPS coords, whatever you need I am not providing these. Meet at the Foster Falls trailhead at 7:00 am or whatever you choice amongst yourselves, leave some cars and shuttle to the Grundy Forest trailhead. Hike approx. 10 miles to the Small Wilds campsite and meetup with the rest of us lazy ass folks. Pick up the cars at the Grundy Forest trailhead on the drive out Sunday. Y'all work out the car shuttle amongst yourselves, I'm not doing that hike, it's brutal. This will take you all day, make sure you bring lights because you won't get to the campsite before dark.

When you sign up for this trip, let me know which hike option you plan on doing. I will lead the "Option 1" group to the campsite.

I have the group campsite "G", I think there's a vault toilet, so bring your own TP but might as well bring your spade anyway, don't trust anything you read online.

That I know of, there's no water for filtering near the campsite, so drop the filter and just add on the pounds of water.

Dogs are awesome, you know I'll have the Raven with me...

Please send me a Meetup message with your phone# when you RSVP, and I will give you my number. If I don't receive your contact info, your spot will go to the next person on the waitlist. Please RSVP with integrity....canceling at the last minute keeps someone else from attending.

Overnight Backpack: Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Park

***Please read the entire trip description before signing up (Seriously, there will be a quiz later)***

Let's go explore Frozen Head State Park.

We'll meet at 11:31 AM central time (12:31 pm eastern time) at the Old Mac parking lot. There are multiple possible routes to our campsite at Mart Fields, and everyone is welcome to whichever route they prefer. The shortest route is approx. 3.66 miles with 2,000' of elevation gain. There are other more strenuous route options if anyone prefers. I will probably hike up the Chimney Top Trail which is approx. 4.46 miles and 2,500' of elevation gain if anyone wants to join.

This trip is for experienced backpackers or conditioned beginners familiar with the distance and elevation gain involved. This will be a "go at your own pace" hike, so come prepared with a map and an understanding of the route. There is a (seasonal) water source near the campsite. I will try to get some better information about the water availability before the trip.

***IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ!!!***

1. If I haven't hiked with you previously, please send me a Meetup message with your phone number when you rsvp for this trip. If I don't receive your contact info when you sign up, your spot will go to the next person on the wait list.

2. If I HAVE hiked with you, please send me a message, either directly or through Meetup, to confirm.

3. Frozen Head State Park charges a fee to reserve campsites. I have reserved the Mart Fields Campsite. The fee for this trip will be $5 per person. Be prepared to Venmo within 24 hours of your rsvp to maintain your spot. After you send me your phone number, I'll message the Venmo info to those who are confirmed for the trip. If you cancel more than 10 days out, your fee will only be refunded if someone else takes your spot and pays. If you cancel within 10 days of the trip, there will be no refund.

***IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE GO BACK AND READ THAT AGAIN!!!***

There is also a place called the Lilly Pad Hopyard and Brewery about 20 minutes from the park, which is a neat little place to stop and have some good food and drink after the hike on Sunday. If there is enough interest, some of us may stop in there on the way out of town.

This is a dog friendly trip....feel free to bring your pups, if they are well-behaved, and get along with other pups. If you have any questions about this hike, please let me know. My phone number is[masked]. Please RSVP with integrity....canceling at the last minute keeps someone else from attending.

Appalachian Trail Thru the Smokies with Alex Odom

Fontana Lake

Let's celebrate the completion of member Alex Odom's 2021 thru hike of the Appalachian Trail by joining her for the 72ish mile stretch through the Smokies! She's planning on summiting Katahdin in Maine in late September and circling back to knock out the Smokies stretch for her official finish.

Since this trip is over an extended number of days and people will be coming and going at different times and for different durations, I'm organizing this event differently than I normally do. Everyone is responsible for his/her own shelter permit. I will coordinate who is coming on what days and staying at which shelter, but each individual on the trip MUST reserve their own spots at https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/index.cfm?BCPermitTypeID=1 If you are confirmed for this event, touch base with me ASAP to let me know which day(s) you'd like to attend. I'll let everyone know individually which shelter we will be at on their preferred days.

This hike is for experienced backpackers. If I haven't hiked with you previously, send me a Meetup message with your phone number when you rsvp. If I don't receive your number, you will not be added to the trip. Pets are not allowed on these trails. PLEASE rsvp with integrity, cancelling at the last minute prevents others from attending. My number is[masked]

Past events (649)

3 day 2 night Smokey Mnts. backpack - Moderate

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

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