Blue Ridge Expeditions Session 1, June 20

By Sandy Schenck

The Expeditioners have spent the past 3 days on their backpacking trip in the Black Mountains of NC. On their first day, they started out in the valley floor and climbed 3000 ft up to the crest of the Black Mountains. These 4 miles took them from the hardwood forest of the valley floor up through the spruce-fir forest of the mountain tops. They camped in Deep Gap and watched the sunset and shooting stars over their campfire. On the second day, they hiked up another 1000 ft to peak out at 6060 feet. Think Mt. Mitchell. Along the way, they spotted a REALLY HUGE TOAD, salamanders and black bear tracks! After topping out at the top of the mountain, they began a descent of 3500 feet back to the valley floor. Lunch was had at Maple Camp Bald where they could see not only mountain tops in the distance but also the Piedmont. Eight miles in all this day. After getting some rest in Middle Creek Valley, they arose this morning and hiked a mile out to the trail’s end. Backpacks and gear were loaded up and the group returned to their Reasonover base camp for relaxing and repacking and preparing for an overnight canoe trip that starts tomorrow.  Photos Online