The Foothills Trail, South Carolina
Last Updated 6/4/2006
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The wild and beautiful Foothills Trail is a little known gem of a trail tucked up in the Northwest Corner of South Carolina. It's an excellent location for an April backpacking excursion because the weather is temperate, water is plentiful, and the bugs are not yet out in force.
We will be hiking a 50 mile segment of the trail running from Whitewater River to the spectacular Table Rock, which at 3300' offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Why not come with us to enjoy a wild and beautiful landscape and at the same time, lose some weight (or more accurately, improve body composition) in the process.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Because backpacking is rigorous and demanding (as well as rewarding), you must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will dictate that you eat nutritious food often, almost continually. Please check out a sample menu for the trip.
These lists are not necessarily comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. Furthermore, if you want to bring personal food, say a big old chocolate cake, go for it. After carrying it 50+ miles through the mountains, your body will most likely not desire those empty calories, nor want to carry the weight around any longer.
The Foothills Trail Fitpacking Trip will be from April 22-30, 2006. Here is the proposed itinerary.
Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring. Please feel free to discuss any items of question with us before the trip.
Here is a list of the participants so far. Why not get to know them before you meet them?
$700 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a tent with another trip participant. This isn't a requirement if you prefer to sleep alone, but it will cut down on total weight carried, an important consideration. PPDO also means that you will room with someone else during hotel nights.
You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Greenville, SC. We may also be able to pick you up if you travel to either Atlanta, GA or Asheville, NC, but please clear this ahead of time. Any restaurant meals off the trail may be your responsibility. Finally, you will be responsible for any personal calls you make or receive on our satellite phone or from motel/hotel rooms.
Weather is always an important concern when backpacking. Fortunately, April is a moderately temperate time in South Carolina, with temperatures averaging between 50F and 72F. Though remote, you should still come prepared for the possibility of freezing weather and possibly snowfall. If you can read National Weather Service Reports, you can view the current weather for the trail here