Come adventure! From Monday, August 12 - Thursday, August 15, we are taking a group from Community of Hope backcountry hiking the Roan Highlands - a beautiful stretch of the Appalachian Trail on the border of North Carolina and Virginia. We take backpacking trips because they're such an awesome way to get away from our normal routines, enjoy God's creation, stretch physical and mental limits, bond with one another community, and grow in our faith.
This year's hike is a moderate, 3-day, 20 mile hike, with two full days spent on the trail. You should expect long days, sore legs, incredible views, and lots of fun. When we're done hiking, we'll end our trip with a hotel night, (real showers and beds!), team bonding, and one last outdoor adventure on Thursday before driving home.
Who CAN GO?
This trip is open to anyone ages 14+ The limit for groups hiking the AT is 10 people, so register now to secure your spot. You don't need to be an experienced outdoor enthusiast to go. All you need is a good attitude and desire to grow personally.
When IS THE TRIP?
Monday, August 12 - Thursday, August 15
WHAT IS THE ITINERARY?
Monday 8/12: We’ll meet in the morning at Community of Hope, do a final gear check, then drive down to our starting point at Carver’s Gap, NC. We’ll hike as a group to the Roan High Knob Shelter, make camp, have a group dinner, and head to bed.
Tuesday 8/13: We will have breakfast and personal devotions, break down camp, then spend the day hiking about 8 miles to the Overmountain Shelter, where we’ll enjoy a group dinner, Bible study and campfire (weather providing!) and head to bed.
Wednesday 8/14: We’ll have breakfast and personal devotions, break down camp, then spend the day hiking 9 miles from Overmountain Shelter to our car. We’ll head to our hotel, have dinner and team time, and enjoy sleeping in real beds.
Thursday 8/15: We’ll have breakfast and personal devotions, then spend the morning on an outdoor adventure before heading back to Community of Hope, arriving in the late evening.
HOW MUCH WILL IT CosT?
The cost of this trip is $115, which includes all transportation costs, camping permit fees, all meals, and a one-night stay at our hotel with hotel breakfast included. Checks can be made out to Community of Hope.
The only thing not included in this cost is fast-food snacks on the drive down and back, and any souvenirs that individuals may want to buy.
How Does the food work?
Food on this trip breaks down into three parts:
On the way down:
We will stop for a fast-food lunch on our way to Carver’s Gap. This is not included in trip cost.
We will provide all meals while we are backcountry, including breakfasts, lunches, snack packs, and dinners for you to carry in your pack, and will supply food cozies and fuel to cook with. These are included in the cost of the trip. We'll give you lots more details at our pre-departure meeting, and will have a food-prep session for anyone wanting to help out with/learn more about backpacking cooking on Tuesday 23 at 4:00 PM at Community of Hope.
We will eat one dinner out on our hotel night, and have breakfast the following morning. These are also included in the trip cost.
How do I Register?
To register, please out the form below. Our address is: 1435 West Royalton Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147. The remainder of your payment can be turned in on the day of departure. Our deadline to register is Sunday, July 21. Note: because we have to cap our group at 10 people, we will honor first-come, first-serve registrations. If you are thinking about registering but have a question you'd like answered first, feel free to use the form below.
What Will I need to Bring?
You can find a comprehensive list of suggested items to pack here. Don't worry if you do not currently own some of these items. If you desire to go on this trip, we'll help make sure you have everything you need. We will go over the packing list in detail at our food prep meeting on Tuesday, July 23 at 4:00 PM.