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Winter Wonderland Hike

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Sat, Feb. 18
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Location
Roan Mountain, TN

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Cost:  $29

Registration Deadline:  Wed. February 15th

Snow is glistening and it’s a beautiful sight!

Venture into the highlands of the Appalachian mountains to explore a snowy scenic landscape.

Location
TBD- weather dependent. We’ll go where there is now. Roan Mountain State Park, Great Smokey Mountains, Big South Fork

Description
It seemed like a miserable idea: hiking in freezing temperatures, dredging through inches–maybe even feet of snow, being wet and cold… But as you hear that delightful “crunch, crunch” of snow packing under your steps and the quiet of a forest blanketed in snow, a child-like glee makes you smile.

You are suddenly overcome with the urge to build a snowman or start a snowball fight. Others in the group have the same idea and soon the parking lot is full of little snowmen and flying snowballs. You’re thinking, “This is so much fun and we haven’t even starting hiking yet!”

The trail presents a different kind of winter experience. It is calm, quiet, serene. You can hear the gentle drip of melting ice and snow falling from the trees with a “fluff” as the noon sun struggles to warm the forest.

As you walk, the ever-changing glimmer of sunlight across the snow is surreal. The cold, clear sky allows you to see endless rows of blue and white rolling mountain ridges. It truly is a winter-wonderland.
You feel hard-core for having hiked in the snow and accomplished for facing a cold and enjoying it!

While this is a winter hike, we can’t guarantee snow. Though without the snow, you’ll still enjoy the hike.

Experience
Beginners welcome. Must be able to walk across campus with a bookbag. Must be able to be comfortable in, and dress appropriately for, freezing temperatures and icy, wet conditions. Waterproof hiking boots/shoes are recommended.

This trip is for you if you:
Want scenic views of white.
Need to release some stress by hiking the woods.
Haven’t experienced a winter hike. Snowy cold is amazing.

This trip is not for you if:
Want to hike big miles. Winter hiking is usually fewer miles, since the going is harder. We’ll hike about 4-5 miles total.
Aren’t willing to be cold at some point. Generally you’ll be warm, but not always.

Register for this trip

Have a question?
Call us at 865-974-9749 during business hours, email utop@utk.edu, or send us a PM on our Facebook Page.

How to register for a trip
sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area or . You can pay with Mastercard, Visa, cash, check, or Vol Card, .

What does the trip cost include?
When you pay for a trip, you get all equipment, transportation, and instruction, On overnight trips, you also get plenty of tasty food and camping included.

Need to know about trip refunds? Experience Levels? Other things?
Learn about refund policies, experience levels, bringing a guest, and other general trip information here.

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