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Great Smoky Mountains

The 2200 mile long Appalachian Trail runs from Georgia to Maine. We will be hiking a beautiful stretch that runs through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and separates Tennessee and North Carolina. We will summit Clingman's Dome, the 3rd highest peak East of the Mississippi. See a wild and beautiful landscape and lose weight (or more accurately, improve body composition).


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 planned menus 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 Smoky Mountains Fitpacking Trip will be from September 17 - 25, 2005. Here is the proposed itinerary.

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring. Please feel free to discuss any items of question with us before the trip.

Who's Coming?

Here is a list of the participants so far. Why not get to know them before you meet them?


$600 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a tent with another trip participant. This isn't a requirement, 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 Knoxville if you fly or Smoky Mountain National Park if you drive. Furthermore, 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, September is a reasonably temperate time in the Smokies. It is statistically the month with the smallest amount of precipitation. The average high temperature at the lower elevations is 83F. The average low temperature at altitude is 43F, but you should come prepared for the possibility of freezing weather.