Join Team Green Adventures for an overnight backpacking trip along the Cumberland Trail. This is a Level 2 backpacking trip for individuals who have personal experience with backpacking trips on difficult terrain. Participants should own their own gear (or rent or borrow from a friend).
When: October 22-23rd, 2011 at 8am (carpool time) 10am (trailhead)
Where: Possum Creek Section- Cumberland Trail
Hike Mileage: Approximately 9.5 miles total (6.3 miles Day 1 and 3.2 miles Day 2)
Drive Time: about 3 hours from Nashville
Maximum Group Size: 10 People
Cost: Team Green Members: FREE (sign in using member account)
Trip Leader:Joseph Broome firstname.lastname@example.org 615.293.4464
Co-Trip Leader: Michael Albonetti
Difficulty: Level 2 Backpacking. See Backpacking Rating below. Expect a 1000 foot elevation gain and drop from start to finish. There are several creek crossings with one "fording." Depending on water levels, it may be necessary to get our feet wet, so bring extra pairs of dry socks.
Children Policy: This is an 18 and up event. Email trip leader about bringing younger backpackers.
Dog Policy: Dogs who have experience hiking over 8 miles and have experience camping overnight with strangers welcome.
Please check out the Backpacking Checklist available on the Resources Page. Team Green practices Leave No Trace guidelines. Follow this link to see what you can do to keep our trails clean and safe.
This section lies between the Soddy Creek Gorge Section and the Rock Creek Gorge Section of the Cumberland Trail. Beginning at its southern terminus off Heiss Mountain Road, the trail descends into the gorge of Big Possum Creek, climbs out of the gorge to the top of Hughes Ridge, descends into the gorge of Little Possum Creek, then climbs again to the top of the plateau at Retro-Hughes Road between Little Possum and Rock Creek gorges. Highlights include views from overlooks, deep river gorges, interesting rock formations, and impressive waterfalls and rapids. The Main Trail is 9.5 miles long with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain and 1,000 feet of elevation loss, and is rated moderately strenuous.
We will set out from the Retro Hughes Trailhead around 10 AM. It is 6.3 miles from the trailhead to the campsite we will be using. In the 6.3 miles we will have to ford two small creeks and cross 3 bridges. In this section of the hike we will be passing Imodium Falls, which was given that name because--upon approaching this potentially deadly Class V drop in a small boat--some kayakers wished they had taken some of this popular anti-diarrheal drug.
The second day we will break camp, and have breakfast before the 3.2 mile trek on to the cars, where we will have to shuttle back to get the cars at the Retro-Hughes Trailhead, and begin the trip back to Nashville. We can decide on something for lunch on the way back to Nashville. We should be back to Nashville by 4 pm.
BACKPACKER RATING GUIDE
What is the difference between day hiking, car camping, backcountry camping, and backpacking?
Day Hiking is when a hiker takes a day trip on a trail of any length. A day hiker's backpack is relatively light weight consisting of extra clothing layers, a meal or two, hydration, and a first aid kit.
Car Camping is when your vehicle is parked within only a few feet from your tent. This means you can overpack and keep extra gear stashed in your vehicle. Car Camping sites often have restrooms, running water and electricity nearby.
Backcountry Camping is when your vehicle is far enough away from your campsite that you cannot make easy trips out to your car (one half mile or more). A backcountry camper will need a backpacking pack to carry all camping gear, food, clothing, and hydration for the duration of the time. A backcountry camper will set up camp and explore the nearby area, always returning to the same site in the evening.
Backpacking is a linear trip. The purpose of backpacking is to get from point A to point B in a set period of time. Camping is just a means to the end, not the highlight of the trip. With backpacking, the hike (landscape) itself and the challenge of accomplishing the hike with bare needs is the pinacle of the trip. A backpackers pack weights roughly 20% of the hikers body weight.
Level 1 Backpack: You have prior experience with day hiking more than 8 miles continuously on moderate terrain (Warner Parks, etc), but may have never backpacked before. You would like the added challenge of carrying more weight and camping overnight on the trail. These trips include shorter distances (6-8 miles per day) but moderate to strenuous terrain. You must attend a backpacking clinic.
Level 2 Backpack: You have prior experience with backpacking 5-8 miles per day, know your abilities, have adequate equipment, and would like the added challenge of a longer backpacking trip. These trips include moderate distances (7-10 miles per day) on mostly strenuous terrain. These are often one or two night backpacking trips. It is recommended that you attend a refresher backpacking clinic.
Level 3 Backpack: You have prior experience with backpacking 11 miles or more per day in unpleasant conditions (snow, rain, ice, wind), know your abilities, have adequate equipment, and would like the added challenge of a longer, more strenuous backpacking trip. These trips include long distances (11-14+ miles per day) on strenuous terrain (Appalachian Mountains, etc). These trips may last for three or more nights. It is recommended that you attend a refresher backpacking clinic.
This event is open to members (FREE) and non-members ($5). To register, email Joseph Broome (email@example.com).