Below are the details for the hike itself. If you have any questions, please let us know. If you have not already shared the fundraiser to your friends and family, please make sure you do that and link them to the fundraiser page by clicking here.
Day 1 – Thursday
Meet at the church at 1pm. Leave from the church and arrive at the AT parking lot on US 60 east of Buena Vista around 3pm. Start on the trail and stop at Cow Camp Shelter 3.5 miles from the parking lot.
Day 2 – Friday
Up at 8am and have breakfast. On the trail by 9am after filling water bottles/bladders at the camp spring. Around 11am, stop on Cold Mountain Meadow (3.5-4.5mi from Cow Camp Shelter) and enjoy lunch. After lunch, hit the trail and continue to Seeley-Woodworth Shelter (6mi from Cold Mountain Meadow.
Day 3 – Saturday
Up at 8am and have breakfast. On the trail by 9am after filling water bottles/bladders at the camp spring. Stop at Spy Rock around 10:30am (2.5mi from Seeley-Woodworth) and enjoy the views (back on the trail by 11am). Around noon stop and eat lunch on the trail. At 12:30pm, back on the trail towards the Priest Shelter (4mi from Spy Rock) we should arrive by 2pm (fill water as needed). Once rested, finish the hike to the top of the Priest (only 0.5mi) and continue down towards the Parking lot on US 56 (about 4mi from the Priest Shelter). Arrive at the parking lot by 4pm and arrive back at the church around 6pm (we will call parents if this time changes).
We are not doing food as a troop on this hike (we almost never do for backpacking trips). This means that you need to provide your own food for this trip. Most of the scouts will be having Mnt House style food that is very lite and makes almost no mess. You can, however, bring whatever you want so long as it does not take your over your weight limit (see below). Below I have listed a few common options…
- Mountain House
- Backpacker’s Pantry
- Wise Foods
- Packit Gourmet
Some of them you can find local, some of them will be online only. If you buy local, make sure you price check them as they all run different deals at different times.
Total pack weight should be less than 25-30% of your body weight, or less than 35lbs (whichever is less). Heavy items should be placed towards the middle of the pack as close to your back as possible. Your medium weight items should go above (internal frame packs) or below your heavy items (external frame packs). When possible, your lightweight items should be towards the bottom of your pack.
We will be doing pack inspections on April 12th, so please remember to bring them fully loaded and ready to go. We will store them at the church after they have been checked in preparation for leaving on Thursday.
- Backpack Rain Cover or Trash Bag
- Camera or Cell Phone
- 2 Pairs Socks
- 2 Pairs Underwear
- Only 1 Extra Set of Clothes
- Rain Gear or Poncho
- Lite Jacket (Expect 45f-75f)
- Flashlight with Extra Batteries
- Thursday Dinner
- Friday Breakfast
- Friday Dinner
- Friday Lunch
- Saturday Breakfast
- Saturday Lunch
- Hygiene Kit
- Toilet Paper
- Toothbrush / Toothpaste
- Mess Kit (only the essentials for your food)
- Sleeping Bag (expect lows of 45)
- Sleeping Pad
- Small First-aid Kit
- Small Trash Bag
- Stove / Fuel (Optional – others will have some)
- Tent (can use and split the troop tents)
- Trekking Poles (Optional)
- Water Bottles or Hydration Reservoir (2 liters Minimum)
- Food Water (optional)
If you don’t have something on the list, please contact me (496-1680) and we might be able to find you the item inside the troop. You can download a copy of the list by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!