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Appalachian Trail Backpacking
  • Date: Thursday, October 10th, 20192019-10-10 through Sunday, October 13th, 20192019-10-10
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Mount RodgersMount Rodgers

Cost: $90 Student | $110 Guest 

Depart: Thursday, October 10 @ 6:00 AM 

Return: Sunday, October 13 @ 8:00 PM 

Drive time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, October 8 @ 8:00 PM 

Included: Transportation, gear, permits & loads of fun! 

Spend 5 days hiking along one of the most famous thru-hiking trails in the world. The Appalachian Trail runs over 2,000 miles across 14 states from Georgia to Maine, but don’t worry we’re not hiking the whole thing on this trip.  Start your journey on a section of the A.T in either Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, or Virginia.  On this trip we’ll plan on hiking anywhere from 25-40 miles total, so while previous experience isn’t required, it is encouraged.

Bring a friend or come alone and become close to a group of total strangers.  We promise the memories made on this trail will last longer than four days as you hike through rhododendron groves and view panoramic landscapes of the Appalachian Trail.  Each night we’ll camp in primitive sites so it’s only us and the wilderness surrounding us.  Come experience one of the most stunning areas in the U.S. on fall break.

ORAC will provide all transportation, backpacking equipment, camping fees, route planning, guiding, and fireside games.  All you need to worry about is planning out your meals and wearing the right kind of clothes, and we can help with that if you’re new to this!


Day 1: 

  1. Leave the Preston Center after classes in the afternoon/evening
  2. Arrive at Camp, unload van, sleep

Day 2: 

  1. Start hike
  2. Realize you want to be a thru-hiker
  3. Eat lunch
  4. Reconsider thoughts of being a thru-hiker
  5. Question whether or not you enjoy backpacking
  6. Arrive at camp, eat dinner
  7. Awkward fireside conversations more than likely

Day 3: 

  1. Wake up, flawless
  2. Eat breakfast and realize that every part of your body is sore
  3. Start hiking
  4. Eat lunch
  5. Continue hiking, ask leaders how long till camp
  6. Arrive at camp
  7. Muster last remaining bit of energy to steal the best tent spot
  8. Eat dinner
  9. Find perfect location to start journaling … take a picture of it
  10. Less awkward conversations around fire

Day 4: 

  1. Wake up, dirty
  2. Eat breakfast semi-conscious trance as you prepare yourself for the coming miles
  3. Start hiking
  4. Eat lunch
  5. This day actually hurts less
  6. Realize you kind of enjoy backpacking
  7. See a beautiful view and realize its all worth it
  8. Arrive at camp, eat dinner
  9. Bond with peers over common soreness and distrust of trip leaders who are always happy for whatever reason

Day 5:

  1. Wake up, realize it’s the last morning you’ll wake up in a tent
  2. Start hiking
  3. Eat Lunch
  4. Arrive at van, reminisce fondly over past four days of backpacking
  5. Depart for Preston Center, van smells weird

*All trips are subject to change due to weather, permitting and staffing

Sign up & attend this trip to receive a special discount to College Outside



Follow the instructions below

1. Go to https://online.spectrumng.net/wku (it will open a new window!) 
2. Click "Do not have login" (you will need to make an account!) 
3. Enter your 800# (or 500# if a Preston Only Member) for the Member Number (even if you do not have a current membership!)
4. Choose a username and password for your online account with us. 
5. Once you have an account set up, click the Home Icon in the top left (the picture, not the actual home letters)
6. Click on Program Registration in the middle of the page!
7. Select ‘ORAC’ 
8. Select the trip or skill clinic you want! 
9. Add to Cart 
10. Continue to Cart 
11. This should take you to the Payment Summary Screen. Enter your payment info and hit Submit Payment. 
12. BAMM You're registered for a trip

Contact: orac@wku.edu

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