Women’s Virginia Hiking and Survival 101

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Over the course of a long weekend hike the Appalachian Trail to enjoy the best views and learn wilderness survival skills on our 4 Day Women-only, Small Group Adventure Tour in Virginia.


Duration: 4 Days
Starts in: Catawba, Virginia
Ends in: Catawba, Virginia
Group Size: 5-14
Difficulty: 4/5

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Explorer Chick

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Make your Appalachian Trail dreams a reality hiking to three of the most iconic mountain summits along the trail in Catawba, Virginia – Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs. Then rest your legs as you learn hands-on basic wilderness survival skills in an outdoor, immersive setting. Over the course of a long weekend, you’ll hike the Appalachian Trail to enjoy the best views and learn wilderness survival skills on this 4 Day Women-only, Small Group Adventure Tour in Virginia.

You’ll kick off your adventure on Thursday arriving at our lodge in the woods in the late afternoon. Your feet won’t be settled for long as we gear up to tick off the first jewel in the crown: Dragon’s Tooth. It’s the shortest of the three hikes, but the most exciting as you scramble up rocks and via ferrata type ladders to reach the summit and the huge monolith stretching to the sky on the summit. Feeling daring? Climb up the monolith for 360-degree views of the valley below.

The next morning, you’ll embark on your hike with the most elevation gain – Tinker Cliffs. Cut through a field that provides a ground-up view of your conquest and enjoy a stunning trek through the “Green Tunnel” before clambering up a gnarly incline. At the summit, kick back, break out that sandwich, and bask in the view of the next day’s goal: McAfee Knob.

On Saturday morning, we’ll take a short hike to our outdoor classroom where we’ll spend the day learning and practicing wilderness survival skills. You’ll want to grab a notebook and a pen to scratch down some notes. Throughout the day you’ll learn a variety of knots, how to construct a few types of wilderness shelters, how to start and feed a fire even in the rain, and which bugs are the tastiest for eating! 🦗 Yes, it is completely hands-on. You will be building fires and shelters all with a supportive group of like-minded, fun women

In the evening, we’ll hit a mall walker’s stride as we jump on the trail to catch one of the best sunsets. The hustle up the mountain is totally worth the burning quads as you rest your hiker booty and kick your legs off the edge of the world on McAfee’s Knob. There’s a reason why it’s one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail. (And, one of our favorites!).

You’ll end your 4 days in a wilderness paradise tying up our survival class time reviewing first aid, water purification, and anything that we missed the day before. If the group is up for it, we have a bonus hike with an incredible waterfall at the end. We’ll say Good-bye Sunday afternoon, after refueling our bodies and chowing down at a local eatery.

You’ll be resting your head at a beautiful lodge nestled in Catawba, Virginia. It lays at the base of the mountains surrounded by woods without another trace of humanity in sight. You’ll call the place home with the freedom to stretch your legs on the lawn soaking up the sun after hiking, sharing stories around a campfire, or knocking back a few beers in the communal area. And, food! Your dinners and breakfasts will be home-cooked goodness served up on a plate! (Don’t worry! Bugs are optional and not on the menu!)

It’s a wonderfully wild weekend with a small group of women hiking the Appalachian Trail and learning wilderness survival tactics. Over the course of the 4 days, you’ll quickly grow close with your posse of Explorer Chicks as you hike the trails and share memories of summits. Join us on our 4 Day, weekend women’s hiking trip to experience it yourself!

"A women’s only trip to learn wilderness survival so I can have the confidence to take my son backpacking was ABSOLUTELY. AMAZING. A group of women with different backgrounds coming together, encouraging one another, and learning from each other was a memorable experience and an example of how we should be in our everyday lives. Already figuring out when I can book my next trip with Explorer Chick Adventure Co.!" – Explorer Chick Angela 

SHE-nanigans include Appalachian Trail Hiking & Summiting, Wilderness Survival Skills, Knot-Tying, Wilderness Shelter Construction, Fire-Building, Bug-Hunting, First Aid, Water Purification.


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