NEWFOUND GAP TO BIG CREEK4 TO 5 DAY TRIP (DEPENDING ON DESIRED MILEAGE & SHELTER AVAILABILITY)TOTAL TRIP MILEAGE: 32 MILESMODERATE TO STRENUOUS TRIP DIFFICULTYAVERAGE MILEAGE PER DAY : 8 MILESELEVATION GAIN/ ELEVATION LOSS: 3700 GAIN, 6600 LOSSDAY 1 - 10.4 MILESWe start our day by hiking from NewFound Gap to Charlies Bunion for lunch. Charlies Bunion is one of many renowned remote viewpoints in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. After lunch we will pass over Dry Sluice Gap and on to the sawteeth, a jagged outcrop of rock that offers views in all directions. We pass over Laurel Top and head on down to our shelter for the night- Pecks Corner.DAY 2 - 13.3 MILESWe depart Pecks Corner Shelter and pass multiple high points along the trail today. We will pass Mount Guyot, the second highest peak in the park, on our way to Cosby Knob shelter this day.DAY 3 - 7.3 MILESToday will be spent heading mostly downhill. We have a chance to head off on a side trail to the fire tower at Mount Cammerer. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful summit in the Smoky Mountains. After our summit we had down to Davenport Gap shelter for our final night in the Smokies.DAY 4 - 3.1 MILESOur final day we will sleep in and take time eating breakfast and recounting the adventures of the week. We head back up trail a bit to hit Chestnut Branch and reach our pickup location.
www.americanwildtrekking.com Jake Wittman spent his youth running in the cornfields and swimming the creeks of Southern Indiana. His first love of adventure and wild places came in the form of forays into uncharted forest areas around his Southern Indiana hometown of Evansville. Eventually these childhood pursuits would develop into a passion for remote wilderness travel in Shawnee National Forest and Land Between the Lakes in which Jake honed his wilderness skills through the writings of Bradford Angiers and Tom Brown. When he was twenty he hitchhiked out of his hometown seeking greener pastures, eventually landing him in California, Europe, and finally Washington DC. He became a skilled bartender in Washington DC and began funding his own expeditions all around the world. He was blessed enough to travel to 27 different countries by the time he was 23 and eventually hiked four major long distance internationally renowned trails; the Via Alpina on the border of Austria and Germany, the Camino De Santiago in northern Spain, the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, and the GR-10 in Southern France. All of his experiences eventually led him to become a professional backpacking guide in the Grand Canyon and Smoky Mountain National Park. Jake worked for The Wildland Trekking Company in the Grand Canyon and for Smoky Mountain Guides in the Smoky Mountains. During his time in the Southwest he lived on the Navajo Nation for two years and gained an appreciation for Native American culture, history, and mythology. Jake is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, he holds a Leave No Trace Master Educator Certification, and is also a licensed Wilderness First Responder. He is a mountain biker, a world class hiker, and an all around adventurer that The American Wild Trekking Company is proud to claim for their own. Jake currently lives in the beautiful city of Knoxville, TN with his wife and daughter.