I have reconnoitered a 50 Mile Hike for our Boy Scout Troop (Damascus to Dickey Gap). We have had it on the schedule for sometime to be June 6-11, 2009). Now some feel that it should be rescheduled for April 11-16.
My concern is that we would be more likely to experience inclement weather (cold) in mid April than in early June, especially at Thomas Knob.
Our Scouts do have some backpacking experience but strictly on flat land (we are on the coast on North Carolina).
I want this trip to be a positive memorable experience for them and feel that this may not happen if we do this in mid-April.
I had a friend that was on his first Scout trip and he and his group got snowed in at Thomas Knob in April by a freak snow storm. They were all in warm weather clothes. But luckily the forest service got up there, and brought them proper supplies to walk out.
'The Tennessee Viking'
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