"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."-John Muir
What is Backpacking?
Backpacking is a lot about contrast. We live our lives in a fast-paced world, surrounded by a bustling environment packed with others. Many a time it can feel like there is too much to worry about; many of us juggle multitudes of responsibility on a daily basis. Backpacking has this power to strip life down to the basics. We are placed in a natural environment with simple tasks: find a place for shelter, eat, and sleep. We escape the chaos of daily life in the beautiful woodlands that encompass our state.
Who Leads It?
All ORC backpacking trips are led by Adventure West Virginia leaders. These leaders
have been extensively trained in outdoor leadership, with skills that include
navigation, setting up shelter, cooking in the woods, and preserving food from
wildlife. All leaders are CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified.
Ladies Backpacking Trip
This trip is just for the ladies and is intended to offer women from all walks of life the opportunity to gather together and enjoy time outdoors. This trip will offer women a safe space to have conversations about what it means to be strong and healthy, not just physically, but holistically. To reflect on what it looks like to walk through life authentically. If you are interested in spending time in a majestic forest while having some open and honest conversation, then this trip is for you! We will backpack and move our bodies, but the trip will have a more relaxed and retreat-like feel. Low physical difficulty. Beginner skill level (first time backpackers are more than welcome!).
ORC Weekend Backpacking Trips
Most of our weekend ventures backpacking consist of similar itineraries. We'll have a pre-trip meeting to go over details, fit backpacks and discuss necessary clothing and expectations. We'll meet again on Saturday morning to pack our packs, load the van and trailer, and hit the road for the drive. The group arrives at the site around noon, and begins traveling into the woods. Mileage for the hike is between 3 and 7 miles per day, but is adjusted based on the groups interest and capabilities. During the experience leaders will focus on teaching basic outdoor skills, including navigation, setting up shelter, stream crossing, cooking with an outdoor stove, and setting up a bear hang to preserve food from critters.
Sunday consists of packing up camp and continuing the trek. Depending on the timing, a stop off at a different location on the way home is possible. We always plan to be back at the ORC before 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Dolly Sods is a gorgeous wilderness area in Eastern West Virginia
that's a favorite of ours here at Adventure West Virginia. This popular area for backpacking, hiking, sight seeing and blueberry picking includes some of the most unique scenery in West Virginia. The 17,776 acres of land features mountainous, rocky outcroppings, a high plateau with rare bog plants and open vistas, and many beautiful waterfalls.
Quebec Run Wilderness Area was implemented into the Pennsylvania state
forest system in 2004, and is a fantastic forest to explore for beginners. This lush Northeastern woodland of 7,441 acres includes streamside campsites along a trail system of 15 miles.