Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
Join me for 4 days of backpacking and fumigating in Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. No soap is allowed on this trip; anyone caught trying to reduce their God-given natural fragrance will be tied to a tree and left. For extra points, you can abstain from showering before the trip, too! The idea is to help with a park-wide effort to reduce the snipe infestation problem at Dolly Sods, so we will try to cover as much of the wilderness area as possible, blessing it with our bad body odor and exterminating the snipes naturally, yet safely.
We will leave in the mid-afternoon, hit the trail near or after dark (it’s a long drive) and hike out a ways till we find the first snipe habitat. Then we’ll bed down. In the morning I’ll frantically try to plan the rest of the trip.
Seriously, I plan on hiking 5 to 10 miles a day, nothing too heavy, with lots of time to relax and watch sunsets and such. If you haven’t been there, it’s really, really beautiful. Yum.
As the time approaches I will contact you to set up a time to meet and distribute gear, food etc. I will make sure you are prepared and not over-prepared (we’ll be carry 4 days of provisions). Details about which meals will be provided, etc etc will follow.
Outdoors at UVa provides:
Backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, some food, water containers, wine, massages, pedicures and barbed wire.
You must bring:
Water, some food, hiking boots, rain gear, bug repellant, sunscreen, appropriate clothes (avoid cotton), flashlight (headlamp preferred), toilet paper, and a good attitude!