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Novice Backpacking Workshop for Adults w/Overnight Backpack - Seneca Shadows/Seneca Creek

Date and Time

Friday, August 21, 2020 5:00PM - Monday, August 24, 2020 12:00PM


Seneca Shadows Campground Seneca Rocks WV,
West Virginia,


Registration is required for this activity.


This is a three night program for novices who want to build their hiking and camping skills and then go on an overnight backpack. It consists of pre program course content, camping in the relative safety of the Seneca Shadows Campground for two nights at separate campsites you will need to purchase so we can maintain appropriate social distancing and where we will teach the various skills to be a backpacker. On Sunday we will move to the Seneca Creek Backcountry for a short distance overnight backpack. To ensure your safety and enable you to join us on this hike, you must register here on the AMC Activities Database web site, complete the liability waiver form, and have your registration confirmed by this activity's AMC Chapter Leader. You will be notified by email when you are confirmed as a participant. ANYONE NOT RECEIVING A REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION FROM THIS ACTIVITY'S LEADER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE GROUP AT THE TRAILHEAD. AN RSVP ON MEETUP IS NOT CONSIDERED BEING REGISTERED FOR THIS ACTIVITY - THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED HERE ON THE AMC ACTIVITY DATABASE WEB SITE. In the event that social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained during this activity, every participant must have a suitable medical or cloth mask made of two layers of fabric with them which covers their nose and mouth that they can use. Participants will need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags appropriate for the season, pads, backpack and bear canister. Your leaders will help advise you if you don't already have this gear. Relaxed: Suitable for most active participants with full mobility and participants new to the activity described. Expect to be actively on the move for about 3 hours/day. You may be on the trail, slopes or water for a longer time, but there will be plenty of rest breaks. CARPOOLING: Due to the inherent risk from the COVID 19 virus, carpooling is not recommended at this time. For more information prior to registering, please contact the leader.

AMC Trip Policy



Related Link(s):

Seneca Creek Backcountry brochure
Seneca Creek map
Seneca Shadows map/information

Click map for driving directions
Climbers area at Seneca Shadows Campground.



Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey






Adults (18+)


I grew up hiking in state parks, national forests, and wilderness areas throughout West Virginia and have been backpacking since 2015, including three section hikes on the AT in Virginia. I am interested in exploring out-of-the-way places and providing a means for everyone to experience extended trips in the wilderness. The more we spend time in nature the more we'll want to protect the environment and understand our connection with it.


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