The applicability of the gear list goes beyond 3-day trips in Seneca Creek. It might be replicated successfully for any springtime excursion in the southern Appalachians (e.g. Appalachian Trail, Smokies, Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, etc.), maybe with small adjustments to comply with local regulations or requirements.
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The cumulative and weight price are on the side:
Gear choice should be driven by:
- These needs to be easy trips for me personally, and blatantly I’m packing luxuries like sleeping clothing, a bridge hammock, along with a decent camera. I wouldn’t be surprised if my package weighs more when I leave the trailhead — when it’s rainy, I’m going to bring an 8-oz umbrella along with 1.5-lb group tarp; and for role-modeling purposes I may keep my food at an Ursack.
- Remember that I get a good deal of equipment for free. I shop the sales When I had to pay for all and that I ’d seek out substitutes.
- Temperatures. For the month of May, a nearby weather station in Canaan Valley reports average low and high temperatures of 68 F and 42 F. Our place is a bit higher (3,000 to 4,800 feet), and so cooler. The identical weather channel reports 6.1 inches of rain in May, and Spruce Knob should get a bit longer. Since we ’ re only 6 weeks away from the day of the year, we ’ ll have ample daylight.
- Footing. The dirt paths can become helpless. In the lower elevationswe’ll be calmed with a hardwood canopy. At high elevationswe’ll find shield spruce. The understory is not dense.
- Navigational aids. Trails will be signed, at least at the use corridors. Visibility will be restricted, aside from its occasional meadow.
- Sun vulnerability. Between the tree canopy and likely rainfall, sun exposure is a minimal concern.
- Water availability. Maps depict ongoing and regular streams and springs, except atop ridgelines. We found no other reports of bear/human meals conflicts. Rodents may be an issue at campsites.
- Biting pests. It s. Mosquitoes will be manageable although out.
- Remoteness. A street is never more than a few miles apart, but this can be a lightly inhabited place — now we ’ re several hours from the nearest medical centers, and we won’t have cell support.
- Natural dangers. In heavy rains, Seneca Creek may swell.
Backpacking equipment list: West Virginia in May
My guiding season starts this Friday in West Virginia, in which Alan Dixon, Joseph “Stringbean” McConaughy, Ron Bell, Matthew Bright, plus I will be leading two successive intro-level 3-day trips (May 10-12 and 13-15).
Seneca Creek National Recreation Area encompasses Spruce Knob, the country ’ s focal point, and is not far from several other popular backcountry regions such as the Cranberry Wilderness and Dolly Sods. In case you have hiked elsewhere at the southern Appalachian or even Allegheny Mountains, then it is going to feel comfortable: lush hardwood forests at lower elevationsguard spruce at the highest, and intermittent meadows.
If you like the look and organization of my equipment list, consider utilizing my 3-season equipment list template.