November 3rd-5th on the Appalachian Trail
In order to sign up for this trip, please go to our Day Hikes calendar and select the date of the first day of the trip (November 3rd). You will find the trip listed there. Once you have signed up for the trip, we will be emailing you with a form to fill out which includes a waiver, health form, and information about gear needs and dietary restrictions. We will need to get this form back from you at least 1 week before the trip.
You may also sign up by giving us a call at 828-713-5451. Also feel free to give us a call or email us if you have questions regarding the trip. We can be reached by email at email@example.com.
The hike will meet at the Laughing Heart Lodge in Hot Springs (289 U.S. 25, Hot Springs, NC 28743). Feel free to book accommodation here the night before your trip, or somewhere else nearby.
The point of "Slackpacking" is to allow you to enjoy backpacking without carrying the heavy backpack. You'll still be hiking each day and camping each night, but instead of carrying a heavy pack, your guide will meet you at the end of each day with your overnight gear and then will take it away again in the morning. Your guide will not be hiking with you each day, but they will be camping with you each evening.
The idea is that because you wont' be carrying a heavy backpack, you'll be able to do more miles more comfortably that you would if you were backpacking. Here is the mileage you will be doing:
Friday: 7.1 miles
Saturday: 14.3 miles
Sunday: 14.4 miles
Refunds are available 2 weeks prior to the departure time. Within 2 weeks, a refund will be issued if Blue Ridge Hiking Company decides to cancel the hike due to severe weather.
What to bring:
Food: BRHC provides all on-trail food for the trip. When your guides arrive, they will pass out your food for each day. You will be expected to carry your own individually packaged food (such as granola bars) as well as some shared community items (such as a jar of peanut butter or a block of cheese).
Community Gear: BRHC provides all community gear for the trip, including water filters and back-up chemical treatment, camping stoves and fuel, bowls/spoons/cups, trowels/toilet paper/hand-sanitizer, first aid kit, and map/compass.
Gear Rentals: BRHC offers the following 4 main pieces of gear for rent for no extra cost:
2. Tents - We have single-person tents and two-person tents. Let us know if you'd like to share with a friend or are willing to share with another hiker. We will do our best to accommodate these requests.
3. Sleeping bags - We strongly encourage you to provide your own sleeping bag if possible, but we do have sleeping bags for rent if necessary.
4. Sleeping pads - These will insulate you from the ground and provide some cushion and comfort.
Personal Items: You are expected to bring your own clothing, personal gear (such as headlamps and water-bottles), medications, and approved optional items. Generally, comfortable walking shoes are better than heavy hiking boots. Please do not pack any cotton - if it gets wet, it does not dry quickly and will not keep you warm. Athletic clothes are a good option. You will need only ONE outfit to hike in and ONE outfit to sleep in, plus a rain coat, and a warm layer. You will NOT need a new set of clean clothes each day. You will NOT need any make-up, hair products, scented products or deodorant. Just a toothbrush! Your guide will teach you how to brush your teeth in the woods and enjoy going all natural :) If your guide does an exceptional job, you may show your appreciation with a tip.