When the days are short and cold in December, there’s nothing that we love to do more than to daydream about how to spend those long spring and summer weekends, and this is a trip that we have been daydreaming about for a long time. You will arrive in the picturesque mountain town of Hot Springs on Friday afternoon and check in to a historic b&b with your fellow travelers. We will then all meet for a drink and dinner and discuss the weekend to come. Here we will fully outfit you with our brand new backpacking equipment and show you everything that there is to know. The following morning we will rise early with the sun and get a delicious breakfast and coffee on our way out of town. We will then turn onto the famous Appalachian Trail that runs right through the town of Hot Springs and hike into the breathtaking Blue Ridge mountains towards the Tennessee border. A fresh and hot lunch will be prepared for you under the warm afternoon sun before making our final leg of the journey. As the afternoon gets long we will arrive in the valley where your camp will have been set up for you earlier in the day by one of our porters. Your guide will make you a gourmet dinner as you watch the stars slowly begin to appear. The rest of the evening will be spent by the warm fire, getting to know your fellow travelers. On our final day, we will reach the crescendo of our hike as we summit Max Patch, a gorgeous high alpine bald with 360 degree mountain views. Light snacks will be served here before descending to our transportation back to Hot Springs, where we will conclude the trip soaking our tired legs in a natural hot spring. Oh and one last thing, from the time you arrive in Hot Springs until we say our final goodbye, we cover everything, from your b&b, to all of your meals. This will be the best weekend of your year, by far.