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Fire and Ice Winter Backpacking Trip

January 14, 2021 - January 15, 2021

Greetings Winter Wanderer,

You are not like most men. You see, most men seek comfort when the thermometer dips toward zero and the snow starts flying. But that’s not you. The sophisticated man hunkers down at the local coffee shop on these blustery days, but not you. No, you are a bit of a primitive man, a man who embraces the biting cold, just to experience the most silent and exquisite of all seasons, winter!

If this is indeed the man you are, or that you want to be, we invite you to join us for a winter backpack trip to the snow covered grassy bald known as Whigg Meadow. At nearly a mile high and with 360-degree unobstructed views, you can see nearly forever during the day, and to the ends of the universe at night! It’s a place where you can’t help but feel closer to God.  And, while we can’t promise you snow, we can promise you an outdoor experience that will be free of heat, bugs, and crowds!

To see a PHOTOBLOG of one of our trips CLICK HERE

If this adventure interests you, sign-up, pack your bags, and let’s go!

Here’s to Building Better Men,

Marty D. Miller 

Blueprint for Men, Founder | President



Saturday – January 14 

12:00 pm    Meet at the Men’s Outpost/Drive to Mountains (directions in planner)

3:00             Arrive at Mud Gap Trailhead

4:00             Setup Camp

5:00             Supper 

6:00             Evening Campfire Worship

7:00             Night Activities 

10:00           Hit the Sack! 

Sunday –  January 15 

8:00 am     Break camp and hike back to trailhead 

10:00         Breakfast in Tellico Plains  

1:00 pm     Arrive back home 



To keep track of conditions you can CLICK HERE


General Backpacking & Camping Gear 

  • Large backpack (4,500 + cubic inches) 
  • Sleeping bag (rated to a min. of 0° F) 
  • TWO Sleeping pads or one very thick one… you will be sleeping on snow! 
  • 3+ season tent  
  • Stove w/fuel 
  • Cooking kit 
  • Lighter/matches 
  • Cooking Utensils 
  • water bottles  
  • Zip-lock bags for stuff 


  • Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants 
  • Medium-heavyweight insulating layer 
  • Heavy-weight fleece jacket  
  • Insulated parka 
  • Quick-dry underwear 
  • Quick-dry T-shirt 
  • Heavy mitts or gloves 
  • Liner gloves 
  • 2 pair of synthetic liner socks 
  • 2 pair of wool socks 
  • Gaiters  
  • Warm cap 

Misc. Personal Items 

  • Small first aid kit 
  • Sunglasses  
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+) 
  • Lip balm 
  • Headlamp 
  • Extra batteries 
  • Ear plugs for tent flap wind noise 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Deodorant 
  • Pack towel 



January 14, 2021
January 15, 2021
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