Hiking (Backpacking) Hiking (Backpacking)


  • Oct 11
  • 03:30 PM
  • Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door


  • Oct 12
  • 03:30 PM
  • Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door


  • Oct 8
  • 05:00 PM


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  • Elliott Knob, Virginia, USA


Howdy! So this is gonna be a pretty straightforward out and back. We’re headed to Elliot Knob, because I hear they have this dope lookout tower, which we will totally be on the lookout for.

Couple things to keep in mind:
1) It’s gonna be cold and wet. So pack accordingly. Bring extra socks, and don’t forget the raingear!
2) You are responsible for bringing your own gear. There’s a list of recommended items down below, check that out for an idea of what to bring.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of summiting Elliot’s fine knob, be aware that it is about 2500 feet of elevation gain to the top and it is an absolute glory to behold. There is an abandoned old lookout tower perched about 40ft high at the very summit of the mountain that provides 360 views in every direction as it is one of the highest peaks in Virginia. While this kind of backpacking trip is typically beginner friendly, the trail is very steep up to the summit and you need to be comfortable hiking 4 miles with this much vertical gain. More info about the trail can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/elliott-knob-trail.

3:30 pm: Meet @ corner of Echols Dorm
4:45 pm: Trailhead time
7:00 pm: Arrive to our lovely backcountry fire tower penthouse
7:45 pm: sunset and dine
6:30 am: sunrise
8:00 am: scoot down the mountain
noon pm: back @ grounds w a big day ahead

Stuff to bring:
-2 L H2O
-Sleeping bag
-Sleeping pad
-Food! enough for dinner, breakfast and snacks if you need them
-Things to cook your food on
-Backpacking backpack
-Musical Instruments if you desire
-Toothbrush/paste if you vibe with that
-camp shoes if you want but not necessary
-raincoat/base layer of some sort/maybe pants – shouldn’t be too cold though
-wool socks for sleepy time
-headlamp!!! We might be hiking in the dark if we are moving a bit slower than expected.
-hiking shoes whooo

If you need a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, or headlamp, go to the gear room! The gear room has all of these things and they can be checked out for one week at a time (see gear room emails). PLEASE CHECK OUT GEAR FOR YOURSELF!

-Drivers need to show up to Echols with a full tank of gas!
-Drivers get priority off the waitlist. The club reimburses for gas +50% tip!
-I can take 2 other people, so we need at least one more driver!

If you have questions, shoot me a text! (704-740-2521)

See you there,




Trips Attended: 49 Trips Led: 5

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