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Novice Backpacking Workshop for Adults w/Overnight Backpack-Jess Judy/Roaring Plains.

Date and Time

Friday, May 21, 2021 4:00PM - Monday, May 24, 2021 1:00PM


Jess Judy Group Campground 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 Jess Judy Group Campground for two nights and then going on an overnight backpack in the Roaring Plains West Wilderness. The program is being held in the Monongahela National Forest in WV. Note that Jess Judy is a primative campsite with no drinking water or showers. There is no water in the bathroom which has a pit toilet. The day hiking portion of the program may include a 900' climb to a great overlook on North Fork Mountain and back. The backpack portion of the program is a little over 2 miles of easy terrain. We will go for a bushwhack hike after reaching camp on relatively easy terrain. **This program is being co-led by Kate Ratcliffe, a backpacking leader in training who is assisting David Mong who is the leader of record.** This program is pet friendly. Participants will need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags appropriate for the season, pads, backpack and bear canister/Ursack. Your leaders will help advise you if you don't already have this gear. 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. Easy: Reasonable fitness for the expected activity is needed, but the trip is designed for those new to the activity. Expect to be active up to 4 hours/day. A bit more active time than the relaxed rating, but with generous 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.

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Related Link(s):

Roaring Plains Trails
Backpacking Gear List
About Jess Judy
Photo album of previous trip to Roaring Plains
Photo album of previous trip to North Fork Mountain

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

Follow 28/55 from Petersburg, WV, for 8 miles. Turn left onto Smoke Hole Road, Route 28/11, and travel for 13 miles to County Route 2. Turn left onto Smoke Hole Road, County Route 2, and follow for approximately 2 miles. Jess Judy Campground will be on the right.

Roaring Plains



Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey






Adults (18+)


I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills.


When I take my first step on any trail it brings me back to the rush of reaching my first summit in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. I have been passionate about hiking ever since that time and have travelled the world seeking my next trek. I have been an AMC member since 2001. My passion for the outdoors is contagious and I look forward to sharing my love of hiking with others.