This 8-hour session begins with a 60-minute focused introduction to the Great Smoky Mountains, the enchanting history of the park and a deeper dive into hiking with a strong emphasis on safety, and leave no trace.
The discussion is highly structured and discusses the 10 essentials every hiker should carry at all times, 7 essential safety skills for wilderness survival, and 5 next steps for growing in your hiking journey.
The class is followed by a 6-hour hike with difficult inclines and declines. We stop several times throughout the hike for rest, snacks and meals.
Upon return we have a 30-minute debriefing to discuss any area of special interest for the group.
9:00am to 5:00pm
$325 per person includes coffee and danishes on arrival and packaged snacks on the trail.