Sample Itinerary & Gear list

Itinerary

Gear List

- A typical day begins with the gentle flooding of morning twilight across the sky. We watch leisurely from our tents and hammocks.
 
- Someone asks what time it is and nobody is wearing watches anymore so there is no response but laughter. 

- At dawn, the guide is preparing breakfast as clients crawl from their tents and visit the privvy (bathroom area) for morning hygeine at their own pace. 

- We share our thoughts about the day over breakfast, coffee and tea. Strategies for the days hike are discussed. 

- Everyone starts to pack up their things and some take personal time for meditation and solitude.

- The group sets off on the first leg of our hike around mid-late morning.

- A pace of 2.0 miles per hour (on a standard treadmill) is our pace, but we increase or decrease based upon the group.

- When the group summits a peak with a beautiful tear-jerking view, we take a break and bask in the majesty of our surroundings, trying to make sense of how we missed this for so much of our lives.

- We break for lunch around mid-day or whenever everyone is hungry.

- While all packs are still off, people explore the massive, beautiful rhododendron forests and look for natural springs leaking out of the boulders that sustain the life on the mountain. 

- When the group is rested, we press on with our afternoon hike for a couple of hours, taking rest at the best scenic points for a snack or a story. 

- When the late afternoon sun starts to fall, we set up camp at a 3 sided shelter along the trail that is maintained by local conservatory groups. 

- After packs are dropped and clothes are changed, clients again explore the surrounding area, walking short distances to waterfalls and craggy peaks. 

- The guide prepares an early, hot dinner and the group reconvenes for a communal meal as stories of the day are told and experiences are shared. 

- After dinner, games, songs, reading, and meditation are all abound. The rule is to do what makes you feel happy. 

- As the wonderful smelling campfire begins to die down, most people turn in for bed around dark or soon thereafter around 9pm. Many people average 10 hours of sleep in the wilderness. 

- The guides often stay up late to take care of camp, unwind, and ensure that everyone is safe and accounted for. 
We provide the following:
- Pack
- Trekking poles
- Sleeping pad
- All meals
- All water and purification gear
- All cookware
- Camp stoves
- A professional guide
- All permits and lisences
- A waterproofed "Appalachian Trail Guide" showing our elevation and location on the route
- All transportation to and from the base camp to the trail
- All first aid required
We reccomend the following gear list for all of our hikes unless otherwise noted:
- Headlamp Style Flashlight
- 2 One liter water bottles
- Sleeping bag 
- Hand sanitizer
- Personal Journal & Pens
- Quick dry towel
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Insect repellent
- Personal hygeine items
- Sandals, crocs, or "camp shoes"
- 6 pairs of socks (3 pair for 3 day hike)
- One long sleeve shirt or fleece (Spring and Fall)
- One pair of hiking pants (Spring and Fall)
- One heavy waterproof jacket (Spring and Fall)
- One lightweight waterproof jacket (Summer)
- Three pairs of breathable hiking shorts 
- Three breathable short sleeve shirts
- 3 sets of synthetic, non-cotton underwear (optional)
- Chap Stick (optional)
- Sunglasses (optional)
- Sunscreen (optional)
- Lighter(s) (optional)