APPALACHIAN
ODYSSEY

Two-Week Expedition Camp
July 28 - August 9

APPALACHIAN
ODYSSEY

Two-Week Expedition Camp
July 28 - August 9

overview

As one of our two-week expeditions, Appalachian Odyssey is one of our pinnacle camps. Appalachian Odyssey provides the experience of a lifetime for youth by taking them on a series of adventures throughout Virginia and West Virginia. We will hike Old Rag mountain and Seneca Rocks, climb at the New River Gorge, backpack through the Cranberry Wilderness, and raft the world-class Upper and Lower New River. All of these adventures are exciting by themselves, but they are taken to a new level with this two-week expedition

LENGTH

13 days, Sunday through the following Friday

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DROP-OFF & PICK-UP

Drop-off is at 2PM on Sunday and pick-up is 7PM the following Friday at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park in Clifton, VA

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Campers will sleep in tents at family campgrounds.

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DATES

No Longer Available

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Appalachian Odyssey Expedition Adventure Links

Appalachian Odyssey

$1,995 per trip
  • Rising 10th-12th Graders
  • July 28 - August 9
  • Challenge Course with Zip Line
  • Hiking / Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Caving
  • Accommodations in Tents at Family Campgrounds
  • All Meals, Snacks, & S'mores
  • Transportation Between Locations

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itinerary

Day 1, Sunday

Challenge Course and Zip Line at Hemlock Overlook, Clifton, VA

After a 2:00 PM Drop Off, Campers will get to know each other and begin learning to work as a team while participating in a series of interactive initiative games and challenge course elements, including the Zip Line. Campers will then have an introduction to camp craft including Leave No Trace Principles, camp cooking, and campsite set-up, and camp out at our home base at Hemlock Overlook Park.

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Day 2, Monday

Hiking at Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park, VA

What better way to begin our trip than to reach the summit of the most popular peak in the Shenandoah National Park? With a little help from the weather, the group will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views from the summit of this historic mountain.  

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Day 3, Tuesday

Paddling on the Shenandoah River, Luray, VA 

Depending on the group, the day may include canoeing, kayaking, or tubing on the Shenandoah River. After the sun and paddling has worn everybody out, campers will head to their campsite at Natural Chimneys Regional Park to catch the sunset and prepare for caving the next day.

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Day 4, Wednesday

Caving at Glade Cave, Mt. Solon, VA

Campers will learn about cave ecology first hand as they explore the various tunnels and passageways of Glade Cave. The unique environment that caves present allow campers to experience total darkness and an immense amount of mud. This is a day for an old pair of shoes.

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Day 5, Thursday

Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks, Monongahela National Forest, WV

Today, our group will hike to the top of Seneca Rocks, one of the most prominent geologic features on the East Coast and cap the day off with a trip up the tallest peak in West Virginia, Spruce Knob, to catch a sunset that they will not forget. Seneca Shadows will be the campground for the night.

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Day 6, Friday

Shopping and Backpack Prep, Franklin, WV

Today will be spent creating menus and going shopping for our backpacking trip that begins the following day. Campers will learn how to prepare for a multi-night backcountry trip including selecting a backcountry-friendly menu,  properly packing a backpack, and, most importantly, how to avoid blisters.

Day 7, Saturday

Backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness, WV

The backpacking trip begins! The next three days and two nights are spent enjoying the natural beauty of the Cranberry Wilderness in Monongahela National Forest. The group will bring only what they can carry in their packs, and camp out each night in primitive campsites along the trail.

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Day 8, Sunday

Backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness, WV

The Cranberry Wilderness in Monongahela National Forest provides wilderness in every sense of the word. From massive stands of evergreens to a moss-covered forest floor, this trip has something for everyone. The first night’s campsite is right next to your own waterfall.

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Day 9, Monday

Backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness, WV

Hiking out of the Wilderness is generally a highlight of the trip. Campers are provided with a sense of accomplishment and are certainly rewarded with the cheesy goodness of a well-deserved pizza upon arrival at the New River Gorge.

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Day 10, Tuesday

“Ducky” paddling on the Upper New River in West Virginia

Three days in the backcountry can wear anybody, but Ducky paddling helps to rejuvenate anybody. Paddling on the Upper New River allows campers to take in Class I - III rapids and relax in the long pools that are spaced between them.

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Day 11, Wednesday

Rock Climbing and Rappelling at New River Gorge, WV

After spending a day on the water, it’s time to head to the canyon rim to climb the world-class sandstone that makes “the New” famous. With a variety of climbs and spectacular areas, the day will present a challenge for everybody.

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Day 12, Thursday

White Water Rafting on the Lower New River, WV

The Lower New River represents the culmination of the trip. Miller’s Folly, the Keeneys, and Double Z will bring back memories for anybody who has been on this stretch of the New River. Hard hitting rapids are followed by stretches of calm water to cool off. If we are lucky, the guides might even let us swim a rapid or two. One last sunset, under the New River Bridge, caps off our trip.

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Day 13, Friday

Travel Day and Awards Night at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Clifton, VA

After the long drive back to Hemlock, we will clean and repack our gear. After a pizza party, we will have an awards ceremony and eat s’mores over one last campfire.

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Trip conclusion and parent pick-up at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.

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pack list

To make sure campers come to Adventure Links prepared, we've generated a pack lists for North Carolina.

Please Note: Campers are encouraged to bring only essential items for the trip. Campers should plan to arrive with one large duffel bag, one medium/large backpack, one small day pack or back pack, and a small stuff sack containing a compact sleeping bag. Storage space is limited on our Mini-buses, so any bulky or non-essential items may be left at base camp for the length of the trip.

PACK ITEMS

  • Pack items in a Duffel Bag for bus travel (no wheels on bags)
  • Large overnight backpack for overnight hiking
  • Medium/Large overnight backpack for overnight hiking
  • Day pack/Small backpack for day trips
  • 32 oz. re-usable water bottle/Nalgene (2)
  • Eating utensils and a mess kit or sturdy bowl and cup (campers will be using to eat breakfast and dinners)
  • Sleeping bag (rated between 35-45 degrees / synthetic material)
  • Sleeping pad (recommended)
  • Camping pillow (small packable size)
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Gear (rain jacket and rain pants – no ponchos)
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra Batteries (2 sets)
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
  • Towel

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • Camera
  • Book
  • Journal/pen/pencils
  • $20 for spending on program

PLEASE DO NOT BRING

  • Cell Phones
  • iPods
  • Electronics
  • Knives
  • Jewelry
  • Expensive Personal Belongings

CLOTHING

Note: Synthetic materials such as polypropylene, synthetic wool, or polyester, will wick moisture away from the body, maintain warmth when wet, and dry much quicker than cotton. Synthetic material clothing is essential to comfort and safety on this expedition.

  • 1 pair - sneakers
  • 1 pair - sturdy hiking boots with ankle support (make sure boots have been broken in before the trip!)
  • Water Shoes, old sneakers that can get wet, or fixed heel/fixed toe sandals (no strapless sandals or flip-flops):
  • Camp Shoes (something comfortable to wear around camp)
  • Jacket or windbreaker (can double with rain gear)
  • Wool / fleece pullover
  • Long sleeved polypropylene shirt (2)
  • T-shirts (4)
  • Polypropylene t-shirts (3)
  • Shorts (3)
  • Synthetic material long pants, i.e. jogging pants or warm-up pants (1-2)
  • Bathing suit
  • Underwear (7)
  • Cotton socks (5)
  • Wool or synthetic fiber socks (3)
  • Cap or brimmed hat
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Bandanna
  • Trash bag with name on it for dirty clothes
  • Gaiters (optional for backpacking)
  • Polypropylene or synthetic fabric long underwear (tops and bottoms)

CAVING GEAR

  • Warm layers that can get DIRTY - old sweatshirts and jeans work well!
  • Boots / sneakers That can get WET & DIRTY!
  • Kneepads (optional)
  • Trash bag, labeled with name, to store wet & dirty items

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frequently asked questions

Have more questions? Email your question summer@adventurelinks.net and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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