AT Prepatory Hike

Destination: Uwharrie National Forest (park details, trail details, weather forecast, driving directions)
Departing: Fri, 2 May 2008 at 7:00am from Greystone Baptist Church
Returning: Sun, 4 May 2008 around 12:30pm to Greystone Baptist Church
Activities: 20-mile Backpacking
Cost: $35 per person

Pre-Trip Checklist

In preparation for this trip, please follow this checklist:

  1. Confirm your attendance with the Scoutmasters
  2. Complete, with your parent or guardian, an emergency medical treatment form, if you have not completed one or if your current one is more than one year old
  3. Have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip
  4. No later than Mon, 22 April 2008, turn in your emergency medical treatment form (if applicable), signed permission slip, and the activity fee

  5. Check the library for helpful planning information!


This is a prepatory hike for the Applachian Trail using the Uwharrie and Dutchman's Creek Trails in the Uwharrie National Forest. Conditions will be similar to the AT in terms of camping style, water availability, pack weight restrictions, and so on.

Arrive Friday with your pack ready for a 3-day backpacking trip. You should work with your buddy (or buddies) before arriving to separate tents and pack them properly.

Food and Water

You will need to pack a personal meal plan for 6 meals: Friday lunch & dinner, Saturday all meals, and Sunday breakfast. Friday breakfast and Sunday lunch will be On-The-Road (OTR).

Water is available along the trail, but owing to our ongoing drought, you should bring 20% to 30% more water than usual. However, do not exceed your pack weight limit, as the extra weight will escalate fatigue and water consumption. Also bring a light-weight water purification system (mechanical, chemical, etc.) to claim water along the trail.

Hike Groups

We will hike and camp together, as a unit, for the entire trail duration. Experienced hikers should be prepared to assist newer hikers along the trail.

Additional Details

Check the library for more helpful planning information!