Great Smoky Mountains: May 19-23, 2021
About this Event
Team In Training is partnering with REI to take you on an amazing 5-day, 4-night experience starting in Asheville, NC. Daily hikes range between 2 and 10 miles and end with turning in to the comfort of a hotel after the hikes. You will explore some of the hundreds of miles of trails that wind through thousands of acres of pristine wilderness in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. The rewards of hiking North Carolina are many: heart-stopping views, swimming holes and everyone’s favorite, waterfalls.
Day 1: Arrive in Asheville
Meet your guides and teammates as you prepare for your hike.
Day 2: Immerse Yourself in Southern Appalachian History
Hiking will take place on the historic Porter's Creek trail while learning about the diversity that makes the Smokies a World Heritage site. Trail stops include a small family cemetery, highlighting how difficult homesteading was, as well as a beautiful cabin, barn, and springhouse from the 19th century.
Day 3: Hike the Celebrated Appalachian Trail
Spend the day hiking on the famous Appalachian Trail. Get a taste for life on the trail as you visit a shelter, explore the classic features of Charlie's Bunion, hike through an old growth Boreal Forest (a forest normally found in Canada), and learn about the history of the trail and the amazing legends of those who have hiked all 2200 miles.
Day 4: Ramsey Cascades Trail and Geological Mysteries
Most of this day will be spent hiking and exploring the largest old-growth forest remaining in the Smokies. This includes the beautiful waterfall known as Ramsey Cascade, an off trail adventure to explore an old moonshine cave, climbing a geological mystery and hiking up to a hidden cave, or enjoying one of the many other iconic Smokies trails.
Day 5: Goodbye to the Smokies
Say goodbye to your guides and revel in your achievements with your teammates.
Fundraising Commitment LevelsThe funds raised by Team In Training teammates help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society explore new paths to cures, supporting approximately 300 active, cutting-edge research projects in the most promising new areas of immunotherapy and personalized medicine in cancer research.
Exclusive Access* to REI Guided Tour Through Great Smoky Mountains, 4-Night Shared Hotel, Interactive Training App (Sixcycle), Coaching, Training Shirt and Event Jersey
Earn up to $500 fundraising incentive for every $3,000 you raise. Up to $5,000 reimbursement for teammates who raise $30,000+
*Teammates are responsible for REI trek fee