Lurker here with my first forum post. I'll try to make it a good one. =)

I'm planning a gap to gap trip next April as stated in the title. I have not backpacked overnight before but have a decent amount of experience in dayhiking and camping in less hospitable places than Shenandoah National Park. I plan to have a friend along with me and I thought it'd be nice to publicize this trip in the hopes of meeting new folks.

This gap to gap is roughly 45-1/2 miles. I need to find someone to pick us up at Swift Run and drop us off at Rockfish. I've seen several references to folks that do that on here and will start contacting them soon. Rough Itinerary as follows:

Day 1 Rockfish Gap to Calf Mtn. Shelter 7.7m
Day 2 Calf Mtn. Shelter to Blackrock Hut 13m
Day 3 Blackrock Hut to Pinefield Hut 13.2m
Day 4 Pinefield Hut to Hightop Hut 8.2m
Day 5 Hightop Hut to Swift Run Gap 3.4m

Questions, suggestions, etc. are welcome.