Join our professional guide for an overnight backpacking trip on the iconic Appalachian Trail. Our days will be filled with scenic forests that give way to sweeping vistas. Throughout, you will gain insight into the local history and ecosystems, while we keep an eye out for the critters that call this area home. On day one, you'll meet your guide in Rockville and assess your gear, pack your packs, and then depart for the trailhead in the REI van. Once on the trail, your guide will explain how to choose and use equipment to maximize your comfort, safety and fun. You'll also learn about campsite selection, route planning, camp cooking, water treatment, wildlife precautions and Leave No Trace etiquette. Please note that this trip does involve strenuous exercise, so participants should be comfortable traversing uneven terrain carrying a 35lb pack. A 10-mile hike through this storied and scenic section of the Maryland AT makes for a perfect introductory backpacking experience. We provide all meals, backpacking gear, and roundtrip transportation form Rockville.