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The applicability of the equipment list goes beyond 3-day trips in Seneca Creek. It may be replicated successfully for almost any springtime trip in the southern Appalachians (e.g. Appalachian Trail, Smokies, Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, etc.), maybe with little tweaks to comply with local regulations or requirements.
- Your Own excursion objective; along with
- The environmental and route conditions.
This website is supported by affiliate marketing, whereby in exchange for traffic I receive a small commission from pick vendors such as REI or even Amazon, free of cost for the reader. This post includes affiliate links. Daylight. Because we re only 6 months away from year’s day we ’ ll have ample daylight. The dirt trails can become helpless. In the lower elevationswe’ll be calmed with a thick hardwood canopy. At high elevationswe’ll find shield spruce. The understory is not overly dense. Trails will be primitively signed, at least at the use corridors that are higher. Visibility will be quite limited, besides for your occasional meadow.
Sun vulnerability. Between the shrub canopy and rainfall that is likely, sun exposure is a concern.
Water availability. Topographic maps portray ongoing and regular streams and springs, except atop ridgelines.
Problematic wildlife. We found no reports of bear/human food conflicts. Rodents could be an issue at campsites.
Biting insects. It’s. Mosquitoes will be out but manageable. A street is more than just a few miles off, but this really can be a gently populated place — we ’ re several hours from the nearest medical centers, and we won’t have cell service.
Natural dangers. In heavy rains, Seneca Creek will swell.
For the month of May, a nearby weather channel in Canaan Valley reports average high and low temperatures of 68 F and 42 F. Our location is a little bit higher (3,000 to 4,800 feet), and therefore cooler. The same weather station reports 6.1 inches of rain in May, and also Spruce Knob should receive just a little bit more.
Backpacking gear list: West Virginia in May
The accumulative and weight cost are both on the side:
Gear choice should be driven primarily by:
- These needs to be physically easy trips for me, and blatantly I’m packaging luxuries like sleeping clothes, a bridge hammock, along with a decent camera. I wouldn’t be surprised if my pack weighs more once I leave the trailhead — when it’s rainy, I’m going to bring an 8-oz umbrella and 1.5-lb group tarp; and also for role-modeling purposes I may keep my meals in an Ursack.
- Remember I get a great deal of gear at no cost. I store the sales, When I had to cover everything and that I ’d seek out substitutes.
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My counseling period starts this Friday in West Virginia, in which Alan Dixon, Joseph “Stringbean” McConaughy, Ron Bell, Matthew Bright, and I will be leading two consecutive intro-level 3-day trips (May 10-12 and 13-15).
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For planning purposes, springtime conditions were presumed by us for this place. When an accurate short-term prediction becomes available, we’ll tweak our kits.
Seneca Creek National Recreation Area encompasses Spruce Knob, the country ’ s point, and is not like the Cranberry Wilderness and Dolly Sods. In case you have hiked elsewhere at the southern Appalachian or Allegheny Mountains, then it is going to feel comfortable: lush hardwood forests at lower elevationsshield spruce in the very best, and open meadows.