On the weekend of September 9-10 the troop will go backpacking to the Roan Highlands near Elizabethton, TN. The hike from the trailhead to Grassy Ridge where we will camp is only 2 1/2 miles so this is an easy backpacking trip. Please plan to be at Kern UMC at 8:00AM on Saturday, September 9th (bring a sack lunch to eat when we get there). Be sure you have at least three liters of water in your pack. There is no dependable water source on this section of the trail. You will need food in your pack for dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Our camp will be at 6280ft so it will be 15-20 degrees cooler than in Oak Ridge. Bring a second sack lunch to eat when we stop at Roan Mountain State Park on the way home (it will not be refrigerated). There is no cost for this outing. We plan to be back at Kern UMC around 3PM on Sunday afternoon.