NWES was recently contacted by Open Country to review their recent article on thru-hiking for beginners. After looking it over, this is a great resource for folks who want to get into thru-hiking and don’t know where to start. Checkout their article: Introductory Guides: Thru-Hiking 101.
The fall color hike has been set for Saturday, November 17th through Monday, November 19th at Lake Georgetown. This is a 28 mile loop. Please reply to email@example.com to indicate your interest in the hike.
The first organizational meeting will be held at WC Mercantile on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 5:15pm.
Our fall “color hike” will be in Arkansas. The Eagle Rock Loop is a three-day loop with some challenging ascents, wide rivers, and beautiful fall colors.
Another AT section is in the books for NWES. This year, we completed the northeastern half of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from Clingman’s Dome to Hot Springs, NC, a trek of 75.4 miles this year. While this trail was only slightly less rugged than last year, there are some moderately challenging elevation changes such as the descent into Davenport Gap, a loss of almost 3,000 feet.
The trek was not without incident. We had several discussions with the park rangers when our two crews of 8 camped together for two nights because of a storm. As you may be aware, GSMNP is one of two places on the AT that require permits and have significant rules, such as no groups more than 8 hikers. I can tell you from personal experience that you should follow the park rules to the letter or you will get into trouble. While our fast crew was able to finish the park, our slow crew was diverted one day from completing the park. We were reunited the next day and put in at Max Patch, a beautiful high bald with a tremendous view. We were able to finish out our trek in three days at Hot Springs, NC, where we took a much deserved zero day after 9 days on the trail.
Crew members this year included; David, Allyson, Austin, Hannah, Luke, and Mattie Claire Sweeney, Jason and Callan Katkoski, Austin, Tim, and Walker Boyd, Michael Wesp, Caroline Guidry, Seth Kehlenbeck, Terri Moore, and Kelsey McLeland.
Won’t be long now before NWES is back in the hills. Our trek this year extends from Clingman’s Dome to Hot Springs, NC, a trek of 74 miles over 9 days. We are deep into planning mode and have 16 hikers with us this year ranging in age from 8 to 88. We’re going to setup photo feeds that will automatically post to the site while we’re there, so stay tuned.