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Roan Mountain // Oct 2023

Advanced backpacking along the Appalachian Trail
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ELECTRONICS REMINDER 📱🕹️
One of the great benefits of heading out on any of our trips is that we’re able to unplug from our digital world for a few days. Electronics are allowed while traveling to our destinations, but we have a longstanding rule that
Scouts are not allowed to use electronics while on our trips (i.e. if brought they’ll be left in vehicles and not used during the trip).

SUMMARY 🔴

WHAT: 2 night backpacking trip to Roan Mountain.
RSVP: CLOSED
Open to Scouts who have been on at least 2 backpacking trips with Troop 13 and are prepared for the physical challenge of a multi-day hike.
Max 10 people (7-8 Scouts with 2-3 Adults).
DEPART: 6:30AM on 13 Oct from (5 hour drive)
RETURN: Afternoon of 15 Oct to
DISTANCE/ELEVATION: ~14 miles, 2,897 ft ascent, 5,518 ft descent
MEALS:
Fri Oct 13: money for breakfast on the road, lunch, dinner
Sat Oct 14: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Sun Oct 15: breakfast, money for lunch on the road
COST: $53 for Scouts, $20 for Adults ($33 discount for Scouts using OWNFOOD-ROAN if you need to bring your own food for dietary reasons)
PACKING LIST:

ITINERARY

We will leave from Franklin (the ) on Friday morning and drive the Carvers Gap trailhead and hit the trail, hiking to Overmountain Gap Shelter. Saturday we’ll continue hiking on to Dolls Flat. Sunday we’ll have a short hike out to the Mountain Harbour Bed and Breakfast, 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.

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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 if we use the shuttle service (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 (and potentially blustery weather). We’ll also get to add some miles on the Appalachian Trail to our hiking journals (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.

MEALS

The has trail tested recipes ready to go. See for additional inspiration.
Friday
Bring money for breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Saturday
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Sunday
Breakfast
Bring money for lunch
💰 Cooking Budget:
Caleb: $64 (4 people, breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Calvin: $64 (4 people, breakfast, lunch, dinner)

MAPS & ELEVATION

GaiaGPS Route Overview
Elevation Profile: Saturday
TBD
Elevation Profile: Saturday
TBD
Elevation Profile: Sunday
TBD

WHO IS COMING


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RSVP list current as of 10:00AM Oct 1.

Scouts

Caleb Penner
Calvin Wall
Elijah Wall
Garrett Penner (own food)
Jonathan Weller (own food)
Micah Casey

Adults

Charlie Penner (drive 5)
Chris Wall (drive 8)
Steve Casey (drive 8)


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