Friends of the Smokies at REI

REI Presentation - Feb. 28

Last night, Friends of the Smokies presented Hiking in the Smokies 101 at REI in Asheville. Over 40 people signed up.

We wanted to introduce folks to the joys and details of hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Where is the park from Asheville?

Where are all the entrances? OK, we didn’t show all the entrances. That would have taken all night. We talked about a few entrances like Deep Creek, Fontana and Oconaluftee.

The park is bisected by the Appalachian Trail and we traced the trail from its entrance at Fontana Village to its exit at Big Creek.

Gracia Slater, another Smokies 900 miler, talked about her gear. She takes everything out of her pack and shows all the stuff she carries.

REI Presentation - Feb 28 Holly DHolly Demuth and Keith Hoffman put in a plug for all the good work that Friends does in supporting the park.

It was ironic that we presented this program the evening before the sequestration. Though most people didn’t make the connection, the park’s budget will shrink automatically this morning – March 1, 2013.

We also handed out the list of hikes that we’re offering this year. Our first hike will be at Deep Creek on Tuesday March 19.

To register, please contact Friends’ Waynesville, NC office at (828) 452-0720 or
email Keith Hoffman, the AmeriCorps Outreach Associate at

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