Shenandoah Backpacking Trip
By Tim S.
This summer, the troop took a trip down to Virginia to visit Shenandoah National Park. While most of the younger boys stayed behind at base camp, the older boys formed a backpacking crew
and headed off to the famed Appalachian Trail for four days of views and hiking. The trip mostly consisted of climbing up mountains to see spectacular views. We were greeted by many different kinds of wildlife on our trek including the baby rattlesnake that Don stepped over, a few deer who were surprisingly unafraid of us, and bears that loved to get close to us. While I sadly didn’t see any bears, they got very close to Mike and Tom and another group of boys. We began our hike outside of the park hiking in. Within a few miles, we reached the signs that told us that we were now in the National Park. For the first and second nights we made camp at the shelters spread along the AT. Our third day was the hardest one with an insane climb first thing in the morning. Somehow we made it to the top of that mountain and we were greeted by the disappointing gray views of being inside a cloud. That night, we made camp off of the trail and not in a shelter. We quickly learned how spoiled we were by being used to bear bag poles instead of throwing them over a tree branch. However with the fourth day dawning, we continued our journey and eventually ended up at a visitor’s center where we took a well deserved break after completing yet another 50 miler.
Day One - Rt 522 to Gravel Springs Hut
Day Two - Gravel Springs Hut to Pass Mountain Hut
Day Three - Pass Mountain Hut to Stony Man Mountain