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Friday, Sep 15, 2017 6:00 AM - Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 5:00 PM
Ready to experience a more advanced backpacking trip? Join Team Green Adventures for a multi-day backpacking trip in the Virginia Highlands at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area!
 
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Want to meet Appalachian Trail hikers?  Pet wild ponies?  Stand on the summit of the highest point in Virginia?

Join Team Green for a multi-day backpacking trip in the Virginia Highlands at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.  The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area is located within the Jefferson National Forest in southwestern Virginia. The centerpiece of the recreation area is Mount Rogers, the highest point in the state of Virginia, which tops out at an elevation of 5729 feet. Established in 1966, the Mount Rogers NRA features more than 400 miles of designated trails that range from primitive dirt footpaths, to old logging roads and railroad grades.

This is an intermediate level hike of 22 miles spread over 3 days.  A portion of this hike will travel along the Appalachian Trail with a side trip to the summit of Mt. Rogers.  But, nearly the entire length of our hike will pass through open country, and offers sweeping views of the surrounding wilderness as far as the eye can see. With the rocky outcroppings and the wide open views, in many ways it feels more like hiking out west rather than the Appalachian Mountains.

Although a handful of peaks in the Appalachian Mountains have higher elevations, Mount Rogers lays claim to being the highest state highpoint east of South Dakota that doesn't have a road leading to its summit.


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When:  Friday, September 15th at 6:00am (Carpool) to Sunday, September 17th at 7:00pm
Where: Mount Rogers National Recreational Area
(Near Marion, VA)

Carpool information will be provided in your confirmation email
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for Non-Members. Registration required.

Trip Leader: Stephen Bryant & Michelle Guess

Difficulty: This is an intermediate backpacking trip due to distance and elevation change. Hikers in good physical condition with experience backpacking at least 5 miles or more on wooded trail are welcome.
Registration Deadline: Registration closes on Monday, September 11th at 3pm.
Group Size Limit: This trip is limited to 12 participants & 2 trip leaders.

Cost: Carpoolers are expected to help pay for their drivers gas.

POLICIES

Children Policy: This is a 13 and up event. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult and have prior multi-night backpacking experience over strenuous terrain and longer distances
Dog Policy: Dogs are not permitted on this trip.
Weather Policy: This trip is rain or shine. In the event of the threat of severe weather, this trip may be postponed. Participants will be notified of any changes due to weather the week leading up to the event by their trip leader.
Cancellation Policy: If you register and can no longer make it, please email TeamGreen@Lightning100.com

ABOUT THE TRAIL

Drive time to trailhead from Nashville: About 5 1/2 hours with a time zone change
Hike Distance:     Approx. 21.5 miles over 3 days -

Day 1– 4.1 miles

Day 2- 10.5 miles,

Day 3 – 6.2 miles

Hike Elevation Gain: Approx. 3000 Feet

The plan is to meet at 6 AM on the 15th and car pool to the trail head. We will stop along the way for lunch and breaks.  After arriving at the trail head, we will hike 4 miles before camping on Friday night.  Saturday we will hike 10 miles with an optional hike to the summit of Mt. Rogers. (Saturday night or Sunday morning option) and camp.   Sunday we will hike 6 miles to the trail head and head back to Nashville.  Our estimated arrival time back in Nashville will be 7PM with stops for meals and breaks.

REGISTRATION

Registration is required for this event.