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Eastern TN // Sep 2022 [POSTPONED]

This trip has been postponed due to lack of sufficient interest.


WHAT: An advanced backpacking trip to eastern TN (Roan Mountain, Appalachian Trail).

This trip is open to Scouts who:
Have been on 4 or more Troop Intermediate backpacking trips in the last 2 years, OR have been on a Philmont or Boundary Waters High Adventure Trip.
Max 10 people (7-8 Scouts with 2-3 Adults)
DEPART: 4:00PM on Fri Sep 23 from (5 hour drive)
RETURN: Evening of Sun Sep 25 at
DISTANCE/ELEVATION: ~14 miles round trip, 2,897 ft ascent, 5,518 ft descent
Friday: Bring money to stop along the way for dinner
Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday: Breakfast, bring money for lunch off the trail
COST: $60 for Scouts, $36 for Adults ($30 discount for Scouts using OWNFOOD-ROAN if bringing your own food)
It is possible that there will be an additional charge for a shuttle service - that will be confirmed before we leave for the trip and collected separately if needed.


We will leave from Franklin (the ) on Friday afternoon and drive out to Roan Mountain State Park where we’ll car camp for the night. Saturday morning we’ll have breakfast and break camp. We’ll drive everyone to the Carvers Gap trailhead and hit the trail. We’ll hike from about 8 miles on the AT. A tentative campsite is marked on the GaiaGPS map below. On Sunday we’ll hike the remaining 6 miles to the the Mountain Harbour B&B, where we’ll enjoy a good meal at their restaurant before heading back to Franklin.
This is a strenuous trek - take note of the elevation changes. Nearly 3000 feet of ascent (comparable to the Mt Baldy ascent at Philmont), and over a mile of descent (almost twice the Mt Baldy descent at Philmont!). If it’s been a while since you’ve been backpacking, this is not the trip to ease back into things with.

We have some details to iron out with shuttling vehicles between the start and end points. Mountain Harbour runs a shuttle service, or we might shuttle 2 vehicles ourselves. Details will be confirmed after signups have closed - additional cost possible (likely less than $20).
The Roan Mountain area is unique in eastern TN as it’s known for the “” - mountains that do not have typical tree cover, allowing for some amazing views. We’ll also get to add the Appalachian Trail to our list of places we’ve hiked (and see some of their shelters).
Once the roster is finalized, Scouts will choose their leadership roles for this trek based on how we backpack at Philmont: Crew leader, Chaplains aide, and Wilderness Guia, as well as cooks.


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Friday: bring money to stop for dinner on the road
Saturday: Breakfast in base camp, Lunch and Dinner on the Trail
Sunday: Breakfast in camp, Lunch at Mountain Harbour B&B
Consider using pre-made dehydrated meals for dinner to simplify your time in camp given the distance/elevation we’ll be doing.


Elevation Profile: Saturday
Elevation Profile: Sunday
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RSVP list current as of TBD

Crew Roster

Crew Leader: TBD
Chaplains Aide: TBD
Wilderness Guia: TBD
Cooks: TBD


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