Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island National Seashore
is a beautiful barrier island in Georgia just 50 miles north of
Jacksonville, FL boasting a wealth of natural attractions. Whether it's quiet
coastal marshes, the Atlantic surf pounding undeveloped dunes, wild feral horses
that roam the island, beachcoming for sand dollars or sharks teeth, grand live
oak trees, armadillos scampering through saw palmettos, Victorian ruins from a
bygone era, or glimpses of an occasional alligator, manatee or pod of dolphins,
Cumberland Island is sure to please the senses. Get away from your frigid
climate, explore a wild barrier island, and lose weight (or more accurately,
improve body composition).
The Cumberland Island Fitpacking Trip will be from February 17-24, 2013.
Cumberland Island is one of Fitpacking's easiest offerings and is highly recommended
for beginners. Our route will traverse nearly all of backcountry trails of this
primarily flat island. Although our daily mileages are not overly ambitious,
carrying around a backpack all day, especially along the sandy beach can be
difficult. However, on days we get into camp early, we'll head to the beach to
beachcomb and enjoy the surf rolling in.
Weather is always an important concern when backpacking.
average in the mid-70s, which is perfect for backpacking, but we might also
experience blazing heat or even frost at night. The water temperature will
probably be too cold for anything but wading, but overall, expect a warm respite.
Trip Leaders to be determined.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
Lower Gear or
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
We don't believe in austere eating regimens. Backpacking is a rigorous, rewarding
activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform. Your body will
dictate that you eat often, so it's important to have fuel to feed it. Please
check out the
This list is not
comprehensive and may be altered or augmented. If you want to bring personal
food, say a 5 pound chocolate cake, go for it. After carrying it over 40 miles,
your body will reject the empty calories and prefer nutritious food.
$1000 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will
share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible
for transportation to and from Jacksonville, FL (JAX) as well as personal
equipment and any restaurant meals.
Covered expenses include 2 nights in a hotel, 6 days of trail meals, ground
transportation, permits, fees and awesome guides.
Cumberland Island National Seashore does NOT accept campsite reservations in
advance. Sites are awarded on a first come, first served basis when we reach the
Island. Therefore, the park advises us to be prepared to hike as much as 10.5 miles
the first day to reach our campsite. This is extremely unlikely since our first
night of camping is a Sunday night which is traditionally slow, as are all the
other weeknights. In fact, we have always been able to obtain the Stafford
Campsite, just 3.5 miles away on our first night.
is predicated on the ability to stay
various campsites on particular nights, but you should be aware of the
possibility that we may have to make last minute logistic changes. The 2009 trip
did not deviate at all from the original plan due to campsite contention.