Backpacking 101- AT Overlooks and History


First time backpacker, experienced backpacker looking to freshen up your skills?  This course is for you.  You will be lead by two trained CorpsTHAT Instructors who are experienced backpackers, trained in Wilderness First Aid and fluent in ASL.  Instructors will guide participants on a one night backpacking trip with easy to moderate terrain that starts and ends at Gallaudet University. Participants will learn about how to pack a backpack, backpacking cooking skills, Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics, basic map reading and how to plan their own backpacking adventure.




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Program: Appalachian Trail Annapolis Rocks and Washington Monument

Program Dates: October 17th to 18th 2020

Participants limit: 10

Instructors: 2

The Appalachian Trail trailhead for this trip is located 2 hours away from Gallaudet University outside of Harpers Ferry, WV in Gathland State Park. Trip mileage will be between 8 and 12 miles round trip and terrain will be easy to moderate.  Participants will camp in the backcountry for one night. Participants will meet at Gallaudet University at 8am to go over basic training and then pack up the CorpsTHAT Van and head off to the park. Meals, transportation and group gear (such as tents, cooking ware, stove, water filtration and if needed backpack will be provided). Participants will return to Gallaudet University by 6pm on Sunday and complete a debrief and program survey. Two months before the trip’s departure a welcome packet including a personal packing list will be emailed to registered participants.



Backpacking Accommodations:

  • Hiking on designated trails
  • No flushing Toilets, will provide all needed training on how to go to the bathroom in the backcountry
  • No Showers
  • Tent Camping
  • Each participant will carry their own gear as well as group gear in a backpack on the back
  • All food will be provided during the course, dietary restrictions will be accommodated to the best of our ability


Cancellations made more than 14 days before the trip will receive a refund for the full dollar amount minus a $10 processing fee. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the trip are not eligible for a refund.  CorpsTHAT reserves the right to cancel any trip due to incompatible conditions for the activity. In the event CorpsTHAT cancels the trip you will receive a full monetary refund.


Due to the nature of outdoor recreation all locations, activities and times are subject to change. We love the mother nature but sometimes she’s hard to plan with. Weather, water levels, trail conditions, roads closures, and fires can change any trip with little warning. We appreciate the patience, understanding and flexibility of all parties involved in our outings. If changes need to be made we will update our information in a timely manner and will always notify registered participants as soon as possible.


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