Virginia Hiking & Survival 101-Lodge Based (Wait list!)

Catawba, VA

October 19-22, 2017 10 Explorer Chicks

Nestled in Catawba, VA lies three of the Appalachian’s Trail’s most scenic gems: Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs known collectively as the Triple Crown of Virginia. Catawba is also home to the Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School. Hike along the AT to enjoy the views from all three and learn wilderness survival skills on this 4 day women only, small group adventure.

Wake early to catch the sunrise from the most photographed spot on the AT, McAfee’s Knob. Trek through Scorched Earth Gap and peer down at Murder Hole to reach Tinker Cliffs. Rock scramble to climb to the top of Cove Mountain and the giant rock monolith that gives Dragon’s Tooth its name.

Each afternoon, you’ll learn wilderness survival tactics from the Mountain Shepherd School based on the Seven Priorities of Survival in an interactive outdoor setting. The seven priorities include positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food. By the end of your trip, you’ll know how to cope with psychological stresses, treat injuries, tie knots and lashings, improvise shelters, start and maintain a knee-high fire in the pouring rain, effectively communicate to rescuers, find and purify water, and understand how to procure food. You can even munch on a few bugs!

Adventure Highlights

  • Take in the views from three of the most iconic vistas on the Appalachian trail on daily morning hikes.
  • Learn the necessary skills to survive in the Wilderness each afternoon from the instructors at Mountain Shepherd School.
  • Gain confidence and independence learning the Seven Priorities of Survival.
  • Practice your new skills in a practical, outdoor forest setting.
  • Experience Catawba with your guide from Explorer Chick who will ensure your trip is unforgettable.

What’s Included:

  • 4 Days/3 nights in shared occupancy accommodations at the Mountain Shepherd Lodge.
  • All meals from Day 1 Dinner to Day 4 Lunch.
  • Shuttle service daily to and from the trailheads.
  • Daily hiking to: McAfee Knob (8.63 miles/1,643 elevation gain); Tinker Cliffs (7.7 miles/1,945 elevation gain); Dragon’s Tooth (4.5 miles/1,103 elevation gain).
  • Wilderness Survival 101 instruction tailored for Explorer Chick taught by Mountain Shepherd.
  • Small Group experience ~ Let’s connect!
  • A commemorative Triple Crown Adventure Explorer Chick Tank Top.
  • An experienced Explorer Chick guide ensuring your trip is unforgettable and a social media sensation!
  • A flash drive with all of photos taken by your Explorer Chick guide.

*Packages do NOT include your airfare, airport transportation, alcoholic beverages, Explorer Chick guide tips, or costs for additional activities..

*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.

Travel Arrangements:

Explorer Chicks are responsible for their own transportation to/from our lodging in Catawba, VA. Plan to arrive in Catawba at 4pm EST on Day 1. Plan to depart on Day 4 by 3pm.  You will receive lodging details upon booking in our Travel Guide.

The nearest airport is Roanoke (ROA) which is approx a 30 minute drive time.

You will receive a travel guide prior to your arrival with all the information you’ll need to prepare for your epic trip!

Travel Insurance: To protect your travel investment and your hide, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. World Nomads is our trusted travel insurance provider. Receive an no-hassle, online quote in less than 2 minutes.

Activity Level – Moderate

We highly recommend training prior to your retreat. The itinerary is packed full of hiking. You should be comfortable with hiking up to 9 miles in a day carrying a light day pack with elevations gains up to 1,945 feet. Explorer Chick prides itself in curating trips for women who live an active, healthy lifestyle. What this means is we tackle the big climbs, the long trails, the bucket lists, and the uncomfortable. To get the most from your retreat we recommend having a solid fitness base with training on the trails in a variety of weather conditions. Train how you play!

All Explorer Chicks will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Physical Demands upon booking.

Trip Price:

$699 (Early Bird)

$899 (After July 1)

Non-Refundable Deposit: $200 due at booking

Final Day to Register and Full Balance due: August 19, 2017

Payment Policy

The stated deposit is due at the time of registration. Your spot is on the Adventure is not reserved until we receive your deposit. The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. The remaining final balance is due 60 days prior to the first day of the trip.

Your final price is determined by the date the deposit is paid.

You will receive a Paypal invoice via email after placing your reservation with payment instructions. We accept all major credit cards and checks. All discounts will be reflected on your invoice. 

You will receive a second email with all waivers and any additional information we may require for your trip. 

Cancellation Policy

Explorer Chick wants nothing more than for you to escape on one of our adventures. However, we understand emergencies do occur that may cause you to cancel your reservation. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.

60-31 Days prior to arrival: 50% of your trip is non-refundable.

There will be no refunds given for any cancellation notices given within 30 days of a trip.

There will be no refunds given during or following a trip.

No exceptions will be granted to our Cancellation policy.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to Explorer Chick Adventure Co, Inc will be fully refunded. Explorer Chick Adventure Co, Inc. CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

We strongly encourage you to purchase Traveler Protection Insurance.

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