Join Team Green Adventures for a beginner-friendly backpacking trip along the Cumberland Trail. This is a great introduction to backpacking for hikers who have completed a day hike of 8 or more miles on moderate terrain (Warner Parks or Cumberland Trail) and would like to add the challenge of carrying overnight gear on the trail with potentially freezing overnight temperatures.
When: February 25th- 26th (Carpool at 7:00am)
Where: Cumberland Trail- Laurel-Snow Segment
near Evensville, TN
Cost: FREE for Members, $5 for Non-Members
Trip Leader: Carl Hoagey & Michelle Guess
Difficulty: This is a 6-12 mile trip. Beginner Backpacking. Participants should own or rent their own gear.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 22nd at 3pm, while spots last
Group Size Limit: 12 participant including two trip leaders
Parking: Information will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration
Children Policy: This trip is for ages 18 and up. Young adults ages 15 and older with prior backpacking experience welcome, after prior consultation with the trip leader. Please email your trip leader before registering a participant under the age of 18.
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs with prior overnight camping experience with strangers welcome!
Weather Policy: This is a snow or shine event. This event will continue even with predictions of rain, depending on the overnight temperatures.
Refund Policy: There are no refunds for this event. If you need to cancel your slot, please email TeamGreen@Lightning100.com so it can be opened up for another participant.
ABOUT THE TRIP
Estimated Drive Time One Way: 2 hours 45 minutes with CST to EST zone change
Hike Distance: About 6 miles a day
Please keep in mind that trail conditions, weather, and group ability may cause compromise of the trip itinerary. Please be considerate of necessary changes during the trip should these instances occur.
We will be hiking the Laurel-Snow section of the Cumberland Trail. The first two miles are mostly flat. When we arrive at the campsite, we will stop to assess everyone's packs and remove any unnecessary weight. Participants may choose to leave their packs behind at the campsite or continue to carry their packs for the hike up to Laurel Falls, Bryan's Overlook and back down to camp (note: participants who plan to leave behind their packs must still have a way to carry water and snacks for the loop hike). there are several water spots along the way if anyone wants to take a swim! On Sunday morning we'll hike the short, but very tough, distance to Snow Falls then back down to the parking lot.
7:00AM (CST): Arrive at carpool site to arrange carpools and assess packs (information in confirmation email)
7:45 AM: Leave Nashville (directions available upon registration)
11:30AM (EST): Arrive at trailhead and begin hike
12:30PM: Arrive at campsite, lunch, assess pack weight, continue to Laurel Falls and Bryan's Overlook, and back to camp
4:00PM: Set camp, campfire, dinner, sleep.
8:00-9:00AM (EST): Wake up, take down camp, breakfast
9:00AM-1:00PM: Hike to Snow Falls, return to cars (lunch on the trail, or wait to have lunch together in town)
3:00PM (CST): Arrive in Nashville
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.
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.
Beginner 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.
Intermediate 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.
Expert 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