I am planning an Appalachian Trail section hike for the long Columbus Day weekend with a past thru-hiker. If interested in joining us, feel free to contact me. These plans are tentative. Because of all the road crossings, anyone could join (or leave) for part of the hike only, if they wanted or needed.
55 miles on the AT in central VA, from Roanoke to Glasgow, in three and a half days.
10/8 Thursday evening, leave Nashville and drive over to Roanoke/Troutville, VA
10/9 Friday, hike 17 miles from Hwy 11 to Bobblets Gap Shelter
10/10 Sat, hike 13 miles to Bryant Ridge Shelter
10/11 Sun, hike 17 miles to Marble Springs campsite
10/12 Mon (Columbus Day), hike 8 miles to the James River and drive back to Nashville, TN
I figure that it would be easier for someone to get off work Friday than Tuesday.
We would cross the Blue Ridge Parkway 12 times and go near at least one town during the hike, if someone needed to bail out (or wanted to join us late). I don't see any killer climbs on the profile map. I will arrange a shuttle with some local person, hopefully to shuttle our vehicle rather than us (unless we have two vehicles and do our own shuttling).
This is considered a STRENUOUS hike, though with proper conditioning, an old fat guy (me!) can do it.
Questions? Suggestions? If anyone familiar with the area has any hints or comments, I'd be very happy to hear them.