Great Smoky Mountains
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Last Updated 6/4/2008
Spring is a beautiful time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most visited National Parks in the United States. The air is warm and the flowers emerge, but the insects have not. The park is a beautiful wilderness with an abundance of wildlife featuring deer, black bears and even red wolves.Smokies.
We will begin this trip by Fontana Dam and spend the first half of the trip hiking around Fontana Lake. Although we will ascend some ridges, following the shoreline means reasonably level walking. The trip will continue through a 1000 foot long 2-lane pedestrian tunnel, require us to wade across Forney Creek several times, climb up past the Forney Creek Waterfall, and end up summiting Clingman's Dome, the 3rd highest peak East of the Mississippi.
Why not enjoy a wild and beautiful vacation and 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 the sample menus for this 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.
The Smoky Mountains Fitpacking Trip will be from April 5-13, 2008. More details can be found by examining the proposed itinerary. While all Fitpacking trips are difficult, this one might be considered less strenuous than others because of fewer elevation changes and easier footing.
Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring. Please feel free to discuss any items of question with us before the trip.
$925 per person. At both the outset and end of our trip, we will be staying in a cabin in Fontana Village. Cabins fit as many as 8 people very snugly, so we may opt for a 2nd cabin or a traditional motel room for overflow, depending upon the number of participants.
You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Knoxville if you fly or Fontana Village if you drive. Free parking is available at Fontana Village during the entire length of our trip.
Any restaurant meals eaten off the trail are also your responsibility. This generally is 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners. Finally, you will be responsible for any personal calls you make or receive on our satellite phone (typically for emergencies only -- battery life is limited) or from motel/hotel rooms.
Weather is always an important concern when backpacking. Fortunately, April is a reasonably temperate time in the Smokies. In fact, it is one of the ideal months with comfortable temperatures and few bugs. Temperature at the lower elevations can reach the 80s but at altitude can drop below freezing, so you should come prepared for the possibility of freezing weather.