We’re getting ready for an overnight backpacking trip to Old Orchard this weekend. Old Orchard is a clearing on the side of a mountain, off the Appalachian Trail near Smyth/Grayson Counties in Virginia. On a clear night, the stars there are fantastic! This trip is an easy 1.5 mile hike up a gentle grade, accessible to any first time backpacker, and it will serve as our training hike for our next backpacking adventure, a three night trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in August!
What do you need?
- A backpack (we have some loaners)
- A sleeping bag
- A sleeping pad
- Lightweight food items (we will go over this at Tuesday’s meeting…check out this link to our website: Finding Food for the Long Haul
For other items, download our gear checklist (Don’t over-pack – this list is all inclusive!)
UPDATE : Meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday for a “Pack Check”.
Plan to leave at 10:00.
Cost is $2 for gas.
We will be back after lunch on Sunday.