Big South Fork: Intro to Backpacking

Oneida, TN

Jun 7—Jun 9, 2024

$2509 slots openBackpacking

Take your first steps into the world of backpacking in the stunning Appalachian mountain range at Big South Fork, Tennessee.

This 3-day introductory course is perfect for those looking to gain the skills and confidence needed to embark on a lifetime of outdoor exploration.

Under the guidance of experienced instructors, you’ll learn essential backcountry skills such as map reading, cooking, safety protocols, expedition planning, and risk management. Daily dhikr, prayer, Qur’an recitation, and Islamic classes will keep you grounded in your faith throughout the journey.

Big South Fork, with its lush forests, sandstone bluffs, and winding rivers, provides an ideal setting for this immersive learning experience. Whether you’re an aspiring adventurer or simply looking to deepen your connection with nature and spirituality, this course will equip you with the knowledge and inspiration to pursue your wilderness goals.

What's Included

  • 2 nights camping with tents, sleeping pads, stoves, and all group gear provided (please note: while we provide essential group gear and provisions, you will need to bring your own personal gear)
  • All camping meals from dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure
  • Expert guiding on hikes, backcountry navigation & wilderness skills
  • Spiritual mentoring and talks from guides to illuminate your inward journey
  • Transport during the trip and necessary shuttles


Led by

Dr. Michael Dann

Spiritual Leader

Dr. Michael Abdullah Dann is a faculty member at Tayseer Seminary, serving as an instructor of Arabic and the Islamic sciences, with a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

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Ustadh Sean Blevins

Outdoor Instructor

Ustadh Sean Blevins is the Vice Principal (7-12) and language arts and history department head at Annoor Academy of Knoxville, bringing extensive experience in education and instructional leadership to the school.

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Age Minimum
Course Duration
3 days (2 days in wilderness area)
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