Asheville, NC: Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop - March 23-26, 2018

Asheville, NC: Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop - March 23-26, 2018

Asheville, NC: Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop - March 23-26, 2018

Asheville, NC: Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop - March 23-26, 2018

Asheville, NC: Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop - March 23-26, 2018

Asheville, NC: Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop - March 23-26, 2018

Trip Dates

March 23-26, 2018

Trip Style Trip Style


Bohemian Comfort - Authentic and true immersive experience! Sleep in tents, eat simple, delicious and healthy food and get cozy and intimate with your fellow Betties! Might have to arrange somethings on your own such as ground transportation or do a more extensive preparation than you might in other trip styles*


Convenient Comfort – Minimum effort on your part! Sleep in a room which you might share with one other Betty, eat prepared meals that are hearty and healthy and prepare minimally as the rest is provided. In most cases, ground transportation is included*


Luxury Comfort - Just show up and the rest is covered. Sleep with comfort in a nice bed with luxury linen, eat gourmet food, drink wonderful wine and get plenty of rest before your full day of adventure. Ground transportation is included and all of your gear is provided*

*Air transportation is not included in Bold Betties adventures

Adventure Rating Adventure Rating


This is a great entry level trip for newcomers or Betties looking build confidence outdoors. Expect 2-5 hours of activity a day on mostly flat or slightly hilly terrain with the occassional steep and/or uneven trail. You'll travel approximately 4-6 miles per day and experience moderate elevation/altitude changes.


Moderately difficult featuring more hills and mountain terrain, but still accessible for Betties inexperienced in outdoor adventure. Expect 4-6 hours of activity covering up to 10 miles a day. Expect steep and uneven trails and altitudes up to 10,000 ft.


Challenging adventures for Betties who are fit adventurers and possess a basic skill set for the outdoors. Expect 5-8 hours of activity per day over a variety of exposed terrain and steep uneven trails. Distances up to 12 miles per day and altitudes up to 14,000 ft.


Designed for the most experienced Betties who are do adventures on a regular basis. You'll be taken to remote locations over exposed, uneven and challenging terrain, requiring 10+ hours of activity per day and distances of 12+ miles. Altitudes could exceed 14,000 ft.

Adventure Type Adventure Types

Social
Active
Educational
Skill Building
Combination
N/A

Active

Social

Skill Building

Available Spots

8

Price

$ 945.00

Hey Bold Betties! Is your New Year's Resolution to adventure more? How about connecting with likeminded women who inspire you to push your limits and support you while you are testing your boundaries? Welcome to the community of Bold Betties!  We are a community of women that have one thing in common: the desire to defy our own limits, indoors and outdoors. We explore, we push, we persevere and we support.  We never give up on ourselves or each other.  We know that women in the wilderness make for strong, independent and courageous leaders.  We are mothers, sisters, wives, partners, friends and just general badasses. We want you to join us on this adventure to kick off 2018 the best way we know how: BOLDLY!

This is a truly fantastic trip, and selected as the Guides Choice Trip in the Smokies. It ascends two peaks (Mount Cammerer on the Appalachian Trail and Mount Sterling with some of the best views in the whole park), it features old growth forests, a fire lookout constructed out of rock, plenty of historic sites, the highest backcountry campsite in the Park, waterfalls, a swimming hole and beautiful creekside hiking. The historical route we follow was used by Native Americans, settlers, loggers, and livestock herders before the national park was formed. We retrace their footsteps on this amazingly beautiful and diverse Appalachian adventure!
This trip is a loop hike, so there's little backtracking and each day features new and exciting scenery. We start low in the valleys and follow a series of mountain creeks high into the mountains, where we are rewarded with amazing hiking and out-of-this-world views! We'll thoroughly explore the ecology of the Smokies, which is phenomenally diverse, from the temperate rainforests to the high peaks. This trip's exhilarating hiking and majestic camping leave most guests with an awesome sense of accomplishment and rejuvenation.

 

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ITINERARY OVERVIEW:

Day 1

Shuttle to the trailhead: 1-hour drive from Asheville
Hiking Mileage: 5.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1250 feet


On this multi-day Great Smoky Mountains backpacking trip we begin hiking along a series of mountain creeks and cascades before arriving at an amazing swimming hole and stunning waterfall. This spot is by itself worthy of every bit of effort we're going to put into this trip! After enjoying the swimming hole and falls, we pass a historic logging site from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and continue down the valley. Tonight's camp is along the creek we've been following, nestled deep in the wilderness of the Appalachians. We'll enjoy a big dinner and sound sleep with the rushing water of the creek as our background 'music'. 

Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 10.4 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1970 feet


Today is a layover day to explore some of the best views the Appalachian Trail has to offer! We’ll depart camp carrying only daypacks and hike uphill toward the high ridge of the Appalachian Trail. The historic trail we follow takes us by ancient agricultural sites and the historic Dan Gunter homesite. Your guide will share amazing stories about these early pioneers as you hike by the sites. We'll eventually reach the Appalachian Trail and turn North on this legendary trail; our destination is the Mount Cammerer Fire Tower with arguably the most outstanding views in the Park. This tower, the only rock one of it's kind in the Park, was built by the CCC in the 1930's. It is a masterpiece and on a clear day allows views for a hundred miles in every direction. We’ll eat lunch at the lookout and drink in the views before hiking back to camp for a big, much-deserved Appalachian dinner. 

Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 5.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2820 feet


We’ll ease into day 3 with some lovely creekside hiking. Eventually we'll leave the creek and climb up to a high gap and junction with another trail that will take us high into the mountains. Historic homesteads and evidence of early pioneers dot our path and will fill our conversation. We’ll hike through beautiful spruce/fir forests leading to the Mount Sterling summit and fire lookout. From this towering vantage point we'll enjoy sweeping views of the Smokies Crest and especially Mount Guyot, the park’s 2nd highest peak. Tonight's camp is the highest in the park at 5,820 feet at the summit of Mount Sterling. We'll settle in for a hearty dinner and peaceful night of much-needed sleep. 

Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 6.1 miles
Elevation Loss: 4070 feet
Shuttle to Asheville: 1-hour drive


The last day of our Smoky Mountains adventure begins with another fantastic breakfast prepared by your guide. Afterward, we’ll start down the Baxter Creek Trail through virgin forests with large trees, rock outcroppings, and wildflowers and eventually reach another majestic mountain creek. This being our last day, we'll take our time to absorb the unique biodiversity of the Smokies’ amazing creeks. Our hike concludes at the Big Creek Ranger Station, after which a short drive will bring us back to our starting point in Asheville, NC and the end of our outstanding Appalachian hiking experience! 

 

INCLUDED IN COST:

  • Rental gear: top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Great Smoky Mountains hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Asheville, North Carolina to the trailhead and back
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone

NOT INCLUDED IN COST:

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

MEALS: WHAT TO EXPECT:

Our partner outfitter company (Wildland Trekking) will include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, Wildland Trekking will supplement all the meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, they provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

Vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets are accommodated and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Cancellation Policy:

60% Refundable until Feb 2nd, 2018

Non refundable on or after Feb 3rd, 2018

Minimum trip requirement: 4 women signed up by Feb 5th for the trip to move forward 

Disclaimer

While it is our intention at Bold Betties to adhere to the event as described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to the nature of Bold Betties events, adventuring and travel can be unpredictable. Our itinerary overview is a general guide regarding the event and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. These changes can be made with regards to safety, attendee capabilities, time constraints, weather and various other reasons.

Asheville, NC: Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop - March 23-26, 2018

March 23-26, 2018

$ 945.00

Product: Backpacking Trip