Photos were taken a Hog Camp Gap, 200 feet off of the Appalachian Trail, at Cole Mountain. Truly a must see!
We followed the Leave No Trace principles:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
We met and planned over e-mail for nearly 7 months! We discussed ways to avoid overpacking.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
We chose a spot away from the AT, out of site of other hikers.
Dispose of Waste Properly
We carried a converted bucket toilet and packed in and out our waste using Double Doodie bags!
Leave What You Find
We discussed this with the families and honored the area while we walked, camped and ate along the trail.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
We carried several stoves to avoid having to use too much firewood. We lucked out and found a camping spot with an already existing fire ring. We used this, rather than making a fire in another spot. The next day, we extinguished our fire after letting all of the sticks burn down to embers.
The children discussed this as we walked. We were visited many times in the night by wild deer and we even found several deer paths along the trail.
Be Considerate to Other Visitors
We were fortunate to meet many wonderful thru hikers, but we remembered to let them cover over to us, rather than interrupt their solace on the trail. We shared our dinner and they repaid us three-fold with exciting stories.
Check out the photos in the event gallery for examples of LNT Principles at work!
Thanks to our fine sponsors, Walkabout Outfitter, Starbucks at Lakeside and Backpacker’s Pantry!!! This trip would not have been possible without them!
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