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Matt Brodhead
(mattbrodhead) - F

Locale: Michigan
Looking for a trip suggestion on 02/02/2009 15:49:53 MST Print View

Greetings gang:

It's been awhile since I've rapped at ya; school's been dragging me down. But my friend and I want to take a trip during the first week of March, and we're looking for some help. We're looking for a trail east of the Mississippi that doesn't involve winter camping. I can do colder weather, but I don't have the funds to get the 4-seasons gear that is necessary. Any suggestions? I live in Michigan, if that helps...

Jeremy Gustafson
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
RE: Trip Suggestion on 02/02/2009 16:10:20 MST Print View

Could you do a southern portion of the AT? The south end of the AT is only 1.5-2 hours from Atlanta. I looking at doing that in mid-April or maybe over Memorial Weekend as my in-laws live there, but still working on the details. Since the merger of NWA & Delta, tickets have gone up about $200 to Atlanta from Minneapolis-St. Paul which sucks. It would probably be about the same from Detroit. And they say that mergers are supposed to keep prices down... Yeah Right!! Good Luck!

I've searched a little bit to see if there are any shuttles or transit that leave from Atlanta to the trail head, but haven't found any yet.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Some options on 02/02/2009 17:01:48 MST Print View

Some options, with weather down to the 20s and 30s, with the occasional freak colder night:

Within 6 Hrs:
Red River Gorge - KY - Lots of Loop options
Deam Wilderness - IN - 35 miles of several loop options
Knobstone Trail - IN - 50 miles, very hilly

Within 7 Hrs:
Dolly Sods - WV - Several loop options
A section of the AT in TN/NC/VA

(times assuming you're in Ann Arbor)

Edited by ChrisMorgan on 02/02/2009 17:03:35 MST.

Craig Burton
(MissingUtah)

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: Some options on 02/02/2009 17:28:10 MST Print View

I second the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Very nice area, especially when isolated in the winter.

I was out there for a few nights in late February last year, and I was fine with very basic 3-season gear. A few inches of snow, and temps in the 20s, but nothing that merited 4-season gear, crampons/spikes, or anything of the sort.

Southern AT is always good; but I've typically found the VA sections to be fairly dry in the winter.

For a little closer to home, consider the Cumberland Gap too.

Matt Brodhead
(mattbrodhead) - F

Locale: Michigan
Knobstone Trail on 02/03/2009 12:09:18 MST Print View

I think that the Knobstone Trail (KT) may be up my alley. It's a good length, and it's not too far from Kalamazoo. I've been looking around and it doesn't seem like backcountry permits are required. My only issue is transportation from the end trailhead all the way back to the start. I haven't found much on the Web that gives good, solid information about the KT. I'll keep looking; if you have any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it!

Siegmund Beimfohr
(SigBeimfohr) - M
Knobstone Trail on 02/03/2009 16:08:59 MST Print View

I also will be doing the KT this year, hopefully in the spring. In researching this trail, I came across this outfitter site:

http://www.indianaoutfitters.com/Outfitter_pages/go_deep_adventures.htm

He includes pickup/delivery services to trailheads. Might give him a call. I used to live in Kazoo before moving to South Bend; nice town.

Matt Brodhead
(mattbrodhead) - F

Locale: Michigan
KT on 02/03/2009 19:21:17 MST Print View

Thanks for the beta. I'll give that guy a call. I'm also now considering the Cumberland Gap. However, there are only a few campsites to stay at, whereas I could camp anywhere I wish on the KT. Choices, choices, choices...

Michael Landman
(malndman) - F

Locale: Central NC, USA
Re: Looking for a trip suggestion on 02/05/2009 11:20:31 MST Print View

http://www.floridatrail.org/trips-backpacking.html