Want to get out and explore but don’t know where to start? Looking for a supportive group to go backpacking with? Need some guidance on the hows, whats and wheres of a multi-day backpacking trip? Our Spruce to Sods trip is a 5 night, 6 day trip that will explore the spectacular beauty and diversity of the Monongahela National Forest.
This journey will take your backpacking skills to new levels while exploring some of the most remote wilderness areas on the east coast. Our expert guides will help you hone your backpacking and camping skills, unplug from your day-to-day, and inspire you to explore your world further!
*Multi-day self-supported backpacking expedition
*Spruce Knob — highest point in WV
*Amazing views over the North Fork, Canaan, and Red Creek valleys
*Fall color & weather
*Learn about local vegetation, wildlife, and history
*Map reading, orienteering, compass navigation
*Finish in Davis, WV for the Fall Leaf Peepers Festival
What’s included: Professional guidance and instruction, all meals, backpack, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, group cooking supplies, certified Wilderness First Responder on trip, permit and use fees, shuttle services
Difficulty: This expedition will require a moderate level of fitness and hiking difficulty. Some trails will be technical and/or steep. You will need to be able to carry your own pack weighing up to 40 pounds for distances of 5-9 miles/day over technical terrain. We encourage you to do some basic fitness training to prepare for this trip: walking, hiking carrying some weight.
Accommodations: First night in dorms at Spruce Knob Mountain Center (private yurt optional for additional fee), 4 nights back country camping, final night near Davis, WV.
Itinerary: Coming soon!
Trip dates: Sept 22-27, 2019
Minimum age: 21
What Folks are Saying:
The staff were terrific helping us coordinate what camp would fit us best. So patient and understanding. My daughter had a wonderful week and learned so much and made memories and friends. Great experience! – Kristin Potts
I love the freedom at this camp. It doesn’t feel like a structured camp with strict rules. We are free to have fun and learn in our own ways while still effectively accomplishing the goals of the program. – camper
In this program I was able to be my own leader, which has allowed me to see the ways in which I can improve myself and the ways in which I am strong. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
The mountain stewards camp is a wonderful, fun, confidence and skill building experience every kid should go through! – Sandy Frank
I learned about who I am as a person and that if I look within myself I can find some of the strength and courage that I’ve felt was missing from me. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
I learned so many interesting facts about the world around us that I will definitely take with me, but I also learned how wonderful it can be to be a part of a group in which everyone gives their all and wants to have a great time no matter the challenging situations or the rainy days. – camp participant
I learned to trust myself more and not be afraid to advocate for myself. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
Mountain Stewards at Experience Learning is a fantastic week-long summer camp for kids who like the outdoors (or who WILL like the outdoors after this wonderful experience!) Stewardship of our natural resources, self-reliance, leadership, and fellowship, are all integral to this program. My daughter LOVES this camp, and that makes me a happy dad. Experience Learning also has great programs for learners of all ages. I recently completed an excellent Wilderness First Aid course at their wonderful Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Check it out! – Mark Wenzler