The Foothills Trail, South Carolina
Last Updated 1/5/2008
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 Waterfall to spectacular Table Rock, which at 3300' offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. On our last trip to the Foothills Trail, there was pretty good swimming in Lake Jocassee. 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 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 Foothills Trail Fitpacking Trip will be from April 19-27, 2008. 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. Make sure your hiking boots are well broken in as blisters are the number one reason participants do not successfully complete the trip.
$900 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share hotel rooms with another trip participant. You may also wish to share a tent, which will cut down on total weight carried -- an important consideration -- but it will also mean less privacy.
You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Greenville, SC, although we will pick you up and drop you off at the airport. The cost of all meals eaten off the trail in restaurants will also 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