****Do to Weather, we will be hiking VA - WV - MD - PA instead of NH*****
OK, we're going to do a relaxed version of the 4 State Challenge. We'll hike 49.8 miles of the AT from Keys Gap in Virginia to PA 16 in Pennsylvania. By the end we'll have completed 2 states and done a little extra in 2 others.
It is expected to rain on Saturday and maybe Sunday, so be prepared!
This is not a beginner event. There will be no sweep. Hikers may have to navigate on their own and should be prepared to do so.
***Please limit carpooling from home. We need cars to make this trip work. Ideally, we need to park 2 cars at each end of the hike and one in the middle. That means we should plan on sharing no more than 2 persons to a car on the way from home to NH.****
***Itinerary subject to change due to weather.***
***Please Read the Entire Description before you RSVP.***
This event is waiting list only. Everyone will be placed on the waiting list until we have had a chance to communicate. Once we have established that you have appropriate gear and understand what is involved in our trip, I will add you to the going list. The group size limit for camping on the Appalachian Trail is 10.
Other Upcoming AT Sections:
Friday Night Camping for This Event:
Meet- up: PA 16 [masked], [masked])
Start Hiking: Keys Gap [masked], [masked])
Saturday Night: Ed Garvey Shelter
Sunday Night: Pine Knob Shelter
Monday Night: Raven Rock Shelter
End Hiking: PA 16 [masked], [masked])
Day 1: 12.6 Miles / 1951 Feet (about 7.3 Hours)
Day 2: 16.6 Miles / 2880 Feet (about 9.7 Hours)
Day 3: 13.1 Miles / 2409 Feet (about 7.7 Hours)
Day 4: 7.5 Miles / 1155 Feet (about 4.3 Hours)
Total: 49.8 Miles / 8396 Feet (4 Days)
~5:10 to 20:30
**We will be waking up early every day of this trip.**
Maps & Guides:
Guthook App (iPhone) (https://appsto.re/us/SvMfK.i)
Guthook App (Android) (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.highsierraattitude.atcomplete&hl=en)
AWOL Guide (Northbound) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997049316/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i7pazbWV15J6Y)
Official ATC Guide & Map (https://www.amazon.com/Appalachian-Trail-Guide-Hampshire-Vermont-Guides/dp/1889386812/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493237780&sr=8-1&keywords=appalachian+trail+new+hampshire)
Hike your Own Hike:
While we will do our best to stay together, not everyone will be comfortable walking the same speed while carrying a full pack. We will most likely break up into small teams. During the day, we will attempt to stay in touch with each other using cell phones at fixed intervals, but service is expected to be spotty. We will camp together at night. Please be prepared with your own map. Please study the map ahead of time and know the route. and bailout points in case you need to get off the trail.
All participants must be prepared with their own minimum equipment for backpacking. You must either bring your own gear or plan ahead to share with someone. Although we will be camping at a shelter site with a privy, please do not plan on having access to these facilities. BE PREPARED.
• Warm Clothing and Rain Gear
• Sleeping Bag rated to 30 Degrees or Cooler
• Sleeping Pad with an R value over 2.5
• Tent, Tarp or Ultralight Shelter
• 2-3 Liters of Water
• Water Filter or Purification System
• 2 Days worth of food (about 6000 calories)
• Bear Bag or Bear Canister
• Lightweight Stove (if you plan to cook)
• Map and Compass
YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR EQUIPMENT ON YOUR OWN AND BE SELF SUFFICIENT. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER EVENT.
You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.
See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.
If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear.
Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.
Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.