Outdoors Briefs

Backpack through the Great Smokies

Backpack the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with REI during one of three guided outings planned this summer. The trips, open to ages 14 and up, will be offered Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 27-28.

The first day, participants will get set up with backpacking gear and then hike their way to a secluded campsite, where they will make camp for the night, eat a hearty meal and relax under the stars. After coffee and breakfast the next morning, the journey will continue. 

The trip is for people with prior hiking experience who are comfortable walking up to 12 miles over two days on uneven terrain while carrying a 35-pound pack. It’s a perfect excursion for hikers who are new to backpacking, with discussions to include campsite setup, pack loading, water filtration, camp cooking techniques and the essentials of backpacking. 

Cost starts at $295 with all backpacking gear, dinner, breakfast, trail snacks and beverages included. Sign up at rei.com/events

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