What we're about

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 (5)

Overnight Backpack: Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Park

***Please read the entire trip description before signing up*** Let's celebrate the 4th of July in the backcountry at Frozen Head State Park. We'll meet at noon central time at the Big Cove overnight parking lot. There are several possible routes in to our campsite at Squire Knob, the shortest being 4 miles with 1800' of elevation gain. Once the group is full, we'll determine route preferences. 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 wet-weather spring at the Squire Knob campsite but it is not completely reliable in summer. Everyone should plan on packing water in. I'll check spring conditions with a ranger as we get closer to the trip. 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.

To Alum Gap, via the Big Creek Rim Or the Big Creek Gulf

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I will be adding those who have volunteered to move from the June 6th Savage Gulf trip first. We will be heading to Alum Gap in Savage Gulf. This will allow people to choose their own mileage.Via the stone door/ Big Creek Gulf, or the Laurel trail... Shortest route is approximately 2.9 miles, One way. We will plan on meeting at rangers station at 10:00 am CENTRAL time. There is not water at the site but within easy walking distance. I have the reserved four campsites at Alum Gap for a total of 16 adults and Matthew has booked a 5th site. Your hike in options are (this is from the parking lot to the campsite. You will need to reverse the mileage for the hike out Sunday): 2.9 Laurel Trail (L 2.9) 4.1 Big Creek Rim (SD 0.9 to BCR 3.2) - I will take this one 5.7 For the longest route - Go Stone Door to Big Creek Gulf and add a spur trail to Ranger Falls (SD 0.9 to BCG 4.0 + RF 0.8) For those wanting to setup camp and explore the area you can hike out to Greeter Falls (maybe a mile one way) or down to Ranger Falls (maybe 2 miles one way). Water will probably be a half mile from the camp site. Please call if you have any questions My number is[masked] IF I HAVE NOT HIKED WITH YOU BEFORE, YOU MUST SEND ME YOUR CONTACT INFO WHEN YOU RSVP, OR YOUR SPOT WILL NOT BE HELD, THANKS If you do wish to car pool with someone please post in the comments with what area you live in or wish to meet. There is plenty parking in the overnight parking lot. There is black bear activity in the park. Be prepared to hang a food bag. If you are a beginner and unsure what this all entails let me know or you can always hang from someone else's bear line. This is a dog friendly trip. Bring on the fury friends! When I reserved the site....There was a big red warning...... BLACK BEAR ACTIVITY AT SAVAGE GULF Due to recent black bear activity within Savage Gulf, visitors are asked to take extra precautions while in the area. Stay alert to your surroundings and the presence of wildlife while hiking. Hike in groups if possible. To ensure the bears survival and your safety, overnight campers should hang all food and garbage.

3 Day Smoky Mountains Backpack

Smoky Mountain Visitor Center

Let's escape the summer heat with some elevation in the Great Smoky Mountains. Permits can only be issued within 14 days of the event, so the exact route won't be finalized until mid July. Expect approx. 20 miles with roughly 5000' of elevation gain. This trip is for experienced backpackers 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. 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. 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.

Our Regular Monthly Meet - Second Mondays at REI

Our regular monthly meetings are open to all, especially beginners, and are the second Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. at REI in the Community Room. Thanks to REI! Please mark your calendars. We will have a monthly topic and speaker, plus will discuss past and upcoming trips. If anyone has a suggestion or question, please feel free to post it in the Comments section below.

Past events (575)

Hobbs Cabin Campground, South Cumberland SP, via North Rim Trail

Savage Gulf Ranger Station

$3.00

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