Shenandoah Overnight Backpacking: Fall Foliage Edition

  • Participants

    Age 18 and up

  • Skill level : 2

    Intermediate

  • Fitness level : 3

    Moderate

NOWHERE is more beautiful in fall than the backcountry of Shenandoah National Park! Join our professional Outdoor School instructors for an overnight backpack into one of the most stunning areas of Shenandoah National Park. We'll cover up to 9 miles over two days in this loop over Knob Mountain and up along the beautiful streamside trail and campsites of Jeremy's Run. You can count on great autumn views from Knob Mountain and there's a chance you'll see some significant wildlife in the tumbling valley along Jeremy's Run. On day one, you'll meet your instructors early at REI Fairfax to review your gear and make sure you have all you'll need, and then head out for the trailhead. On the trip we'll explain how to choose and use equipment (including how to load and carry your backpack) to maximize your comfort and fun. You'll also learn about campsite selection, navigation/route finding, camp cooking, water treatment, wildlife precautions and Leave No Trace etiquette. REI provides transportation and the following gear: backpack, tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, all cookware, trekking poles, water filter and food. Please note: at just over 9 miles roundtrip with over 2600 feet of elevation gain and loss, this trip does involve strenuous exercise.

Gear provided by REI

  • Backpack - Internal frame 45-65 liter pack.
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner - Food supplied for dinner
  • Group First Aid Kit - Contents include wound care items and over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Lunch
  • Mug
  • Plate/Bowl
  • Sleeping Pad - Closed cell foam or self inflatable.
  • Three Season Backpacking Tent
  • Trekking Poles
  • Utensils - A good choice is the REI Campware Utensil Set
  • Water Filter
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sessions available