Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
George Washington National Forest
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
Everyone will be waitlisted until we have drivers. Driver’s get priority and will be reimbursed for gas.
Let’s get out in nature before the craziness of finals starts. This is a two night loop hike in the national forest. I have labelled it Beginner/Intermediate which means you should have some backpacking experience. Terrain won’t be difficult but it’s going to be cold. That being said with some preparation and determination anyone should be able to complete this hike. I’m more than willing to help with packing for this trip. Just send me an email.
Friday – Depart Echols at 1:45, hike ~3 miles and set up camp.
Saturday – about 10 mile loop back to same campsite. (Option of leaving gear in campsite.) (There will be a swimming opportunity for those who choose to take it.)
Sunday – 3 mile hike out. Get back to grounds 11-12.
Things you NEED to bring –
• Shelter – If you have shelter bring it. I’ll raid the gear room before hand and we’ll figure out what we need Friday.
• Sleep system – sleeping bag, ground pad (If you want to hammock I suggest you bring a ground pad to help insulate.)
• One pair of hiking clothes (shorts/pants, shirt, underwear) NO COTTON!
• Clothes to sleep in – (Pants, shirt, jacket, hat) Again no cotton.
• Shoes – boots/trail runners/sturdy tennis shoes – bring a pair of shoes that can get wet, such as flip flops or my personal favorite, Crocs.
• Socks x3 – (not cotton, wool is best)
• Jacket(s) – It’s going to be cold. I suggest bringing at least one thick jacket for warmth maybe two.
• Rain jacket/poncho – There’s currently no rain on the forecast but bring just in case.
• Trash bag – Line the inside of your pack with a trash bag and use a hair tie or rubber band to close it. This keeps everything on the inside dry. You can also put clothes in ziplock bags.
• Toiletries – in a bag that can easily be put up in a bear bag. (Everything that smells like food has to hung in a tree at night.)
• Water – capacity of 3 liters minimum
• Food/cooking gear – I don’t cook hot food when backpacking but I will look into getting stoves from the club. If you need advice for food please send me an email. You need 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, one lunch and snacks. (Grab Gatorade and fruit from dining halls.)
• Gloves – I use wool socks.
• Sunscreen/bug spray – I’m a redhead and rarely carry sunscreen on the east coast. It will probably be too cold for bugs.
• Journal/book + pen
• Other things you might want? Just remember you have to carry everything.
• Towel (for swimming.)
I bring – First Aid kit, maps, water filters/tabs, lighter, toilet paper/sanitation, bear bag/rope, jetboils and fuel, Gas Reimbursement for Drivers!
Please email me if you have any questions,
Sam “Clifford” Clinard