Seneca Creek


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The applicability of this gear list goes beyond 3-day excursions in Seneca Creek.  It could be duplicated successfully for any springtime trip in the southern Appalachians (e.g. Appalachian Trail, Smokies, Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, etc.), possibly with small alterations to comply with local regulations or conditions.

Seneca Creek National Recreation Area encompasses Spruce Knob, the country ’ s focal point, and is not such as the Cranberry Wilderness and Dolly Sods. If you have improved elsewhere at the Appalachian or even Allegheny Mountains, then it will feel familiar: thick shield spruce in the highest lush hardwood forests at lower elevations, and intermittent open meadows.

  • These ought to be easy trips for me, and blatantly I’m packing luxuries such as sleeping clothing, a bridge hammock, and a good camera. I wouldn’t be surprised if my pack weighs more once I leave the trailhead — when it’s moist, I’m going to bring an 8-oz umbrella along with 1.5-lb group tarp; and also for role-modeling purposes I may keep my meals at an Ursack.
  • Remember that I get a great deal of gear for free. I shop the sales if I had to pay for everything and that I seek substitutes out.

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My counseling period starts this Friday at West Virginia, in which Alan Dixon, Joseph “Stringbean” McConaughy, Ron Bell, Matthew Bright, and now I will be leading two successive intro-level 3-day trips (May 10-12 and 13-15).

For the month of May, a local weather station at 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 so cooler.

  • Precipitation. The identical weather station reports 6.1 inches of rain in May, and Spruce Knob should get a tiny bit longer. Since we ’ re just 6 weeks away in year’s day we ’ ll have ample daylight. The dirt paths can become. In the lower elevationswe’ll be calmed with a thick hardwood duplex. At high elevations, we’ll find guard spruce. The understory is not overly dense. Trails will be signed in the higher use corridors. Visibility will be restricted, besides for your meadow.
  • Sun vulnerability. Between rain and the shrub canopy, sunlight is a concern that is low.
  • Water availability. Maps depict regular and perennial streams and springs, except atop ridgelines.
  • Problematic wildlife. We found no other reports of bear/human food battles. Rodents might be an issue at campsites.
  • Biting pests. It s. Mosquitoes will be outside but manageable.
  • Remoteness. This really is a lightly populated place — also now we ’ re hours in the nearest medical centers, and we will not have cell support, although A road is more than just a few miles away.
  • Natural dangers. Seneca Creek could swell.
  • Backpacking equipment checklist: West Virginia in May

    The article Backpacking equipment record: West Virginia & Appalachians in May appeared initially on Andrew Skurka.

    For planning purposes, we presumed springtime conditions that were normal for this location. As soon as an prediction becomes available, we’ll update our kits.

    1. Your trip objective; and
    2. The ecological and path conditions.