Active Recovery and Turbo Hiking

Turbo Slackpacking

Slack Packing affords hikers the benefit of lessening their heavy load and "actively recovering" on the trail while still ticking off those wonderful miles needed to reach your Mount Katahdin summit goal.  Slack Packing is also wonderful for the novice or weekend through hiker. 

Log more miles with a light pack and return each night to Sufi Lodge or the  Baptist Hostel.  If you organize a group of up to five people, the cost for slack packing can be very affordable, as low as $30 per person.

You can choose to slackpack for several days or pick whatever section you wish to slackpack. We drop and pick you up at various predetermined Trail Heads and then bring your extra gear back to Sufi Lodge or the Baptist Hostel. Later that same day we pick you up at another prearranged Trail Head and return you to Sufi Lodge for a wonderful communal meal and plenty of TLC or to the Baptist Hostel. In the morning we can do it all over again at the next trail head. Some hikers we pass along to Lodges up the trail so they can continue Slackpacking and making record time on the trail with their light loads. 

Following Damascus Virginia, NOBO hikers are facing the second highest elevations on the AT ascending up to Whitetop and the Grayson National Highlands. To make this stretch of the AT easier smart hikers can benefit from a shared slackpacking run all the way from Damascus to Partnership Shelter.  You can either tailor your slackpack or select from three different slackpacking options depending upon your speed to complete this section of the trail.  You can also select where to stay depending upon your budget. Do your best to round up several hikers to share your slackpacking journey so you can keep costs to a minimum. We can take up to five hikers per shuttle. You can recruit hikers along the way or explore the Facebook site dedicated to slackpacking. Slackpacking the AT  

CALCULATE DISTANCE ON THE AT -  http://www.atdist.com/ 

Speed Hikers - Damascus to Partnership Shelter - 3 Days/2 Nights - Max 5 Hikers

Day One - Damascus to Elk Garden (24.2 miles Trail) (16.5 miles to Sufi Lodge)
Day Two - Elk Garden to Fox Creek  (17.0 miles Trail) (5 miles to Sufi Lodge)
Day Three - Fox Creek to Partnership Shelter  (22.0 miles Trail) (16.1 miles to Sufi Lodge)

Total Cost - $148.00 ($30 each for five hikers)
Accommodations are extra.
Make reservations at Sufi Lodge shortly after scheduling your shuttle. 

 

 

 

Regular Hikers - Damascus to Partnership - 4 Days/3 Nights - Max 5 Hikers 

Day One - Damascus to Lost Mountain Shelter  (16.0 miles Trail) (16.1 miles to Sufi Lodge)
Day Two - Lost Mountain Shelter to Massie Gap   (15.4 miles Trail) (18.1 miles to Sufi Lodge)
Day Three - Massie Gap to VA 16 Troutdale  (18.1 miles Trail) (3 miles to Sufi Lodge)
Day Four - VA 16 Troutdale to Partnership Shelter  (13.9 miles Trail) (12.2 miles to Sufi Lodge)


Total Cost - $200 ($40 each for five hikers)

Accommodations are extra.
Make reservations at Sufi Lodge shortly after scheduling your shuttle. 

 

Scenic Hikers - Damascus to Partnership - 7 Days/6 Nights - Max 5 Hikers

Day One - Damascus to Saunders Shelter Side Trail VA  (9.5.0 miles Trail) (18.9 miles to Sufi Lodge)

Day Two - Saunders Shelter to US 58 Summit Cut  (7.6 miles Trail) (25.6 miles to Sufi Lodge)

day Three - US 58 Summit Cut to Elk Garden   (7.1 miles Trail) (16.5 miles to Sufi Lodge)

day Four - Elk Garden to Massie Gap  (7.2 miles Trail) (18.1 miles to Sufi Lodge)

day Five - Massie Gap to Fox Creek  (9.8 miles Trail) (5 miles to Sufi Lodge)

day Six - Fox Creek to Dickey Gap  (8.3 miles Trail) (3 miles to Sufi Lodge)

day Seven - Dickey Gap to Partnership Shelter  (13.9 miles Trail) (12.2 miles to Sufi Lodge)

Total Cost - $250 ($50 each for five hikers)

Accommodations are extra.
Make reservations at Sufi Lodge shortly after scheduling your shuttle. 

Organize and Plan Your Own Slackpack

Elk Garden

The distance on the Appalachian Trail between

VA 600  Elk Garden, VA 

Massie Gap, VA is 7.2 miles.

VA 630 Fox Creek is 17.0 miles

VA 16 Troutdale (Dickey Gap) is 25.3 miles

Cost to Elk Garden / Sufi Lodge:  (16.5 miles) X $2.00 per mile = $33.00 

Massie Gap (Grayson National Park)

The distance on the Appalachian Trail between
Massie Gap, VA (Grayson National Park)

VA 630 Fox Creek is 9.8 miles

VA 16 Troutdale (Dickey Gap) is 18.1 miles
Cost to Massie Gap / Sufi Lodge:  (23.0 miles) X $2.00 per mile =
$46.00 

Fox Creek, VA 630

The distance on the Appalachian Trail between

VA 630 Fox Creek

VA 16 Troutdale (Dickey Gap) is 8.3 miles
VA 670 Teas Rd, VA is 14.5 miles
Partnership Shelter, (Headquarters) VA is 22.2 miles

Cost to Fox Creek / Sufi Lodge:  (6.3 miles) X $2.00 per mile = $13.00  FREE when staying at Sufi Lodge. 

Dickey Gap, VA 16, Troutdale

The distance on the Appalachian Trail between

VA 16 Troutdale Dickey Gap

VA 670 Teas Rd, VA is 6.2 miles
Partnership Shelter, (Headquarters) VA is 13.9 miles

Cost to Dickey Gap / Sufi Lodge:  (3.1 miles) X $2.00 per mile = $6.00  FREE when staying at Sufi Lodge. 

VA 630, Teas Road

The distance on the Appalachian Trail between

VA 670, Teas Rd, VA
Partnership Shelter, (Headquarters) VA is 7.7 miles

Cost to Teas Road / Sufi Lodge:  (13.8 miles) X $2.00 per mile = $28.00 

Partnership Shelter

The distance on the Appalachian Trail between

Partnership Shelter, (Headquarters) VA 
US 11 Atkins VA is 11.6 miles
VA 42, Ceres VA is 24.2 miles

Cost to Partnership Shelter / Sufi Lodge:  (12.1 miles) X $2.00 per mile = $24.00 

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Troutdale, Virginia

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Tel: 276-677-0195
Cell: 276-781-8811

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