Rally Point 4: Dolly Sods Wilderness

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Rally Point 4: Dolly Sods Wilderness


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On May 19th-20th, StandWatch.org will be teaming with Teays Valley Christian School to hold Rally Point 4 at Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, near Timberline, West Virginia. This is the third stage in a four-stage challenge that the school’s administration asked StandWatch.org to develop so that their students will have an opportunity to interact with veterans and members of the military outside of the classroom. Like Rally Points 2 and 3, the objective is to create an opportunity where students, veterans, and members of the military team-up to accomplish a physical challenge that the kids might see as impossible. The military knows how to build teams, and people who serve know why it’s important to never quit until the objective is reached. Instilling that drive in students is one of the primary goals for these expeditions.

Rally Point 4 will be the most grueling of the four challenges. It will involve a 22-mile hike through one of the most remote areas in the Mid-Atlantic region. RP4 is designed to replicate many of the environmental “stressors” that teach soldiers mental toughness, and the importance of relying on a team. Like the three expeditions we held in Pisgah National Forest in 2016, the current plan is to begin the Dolly Sods expedition around 3:00PM, hike all night, and finish around 7:00AM the next morning. Veterans and current members of the military who have extensive experience in these types of expeditions will lead RP4.

Veterans aren’t victims and they don’t want charity, it’s quite the opposite. They have experiences that they want to share with their fellow Americans to help make their neighborhoods and communities better places to live. StandWatch’s Rally Points create opportunities where that can happen.



May 19, 2017

  • 8:30AM – Depart TVCS parking area
  • 12:30PM – Arrive trailhead Dolly Sods near Timberline, WV
  • 1:00PM – Begin hike

May 20, 2017

  • 12:00AM – Rest break at halfway point (health check, food, equipment adjustments)
  • 1:00AM – Back on the trail
  • 6:00AM – Complete hike
  • 8:00AM – Depart Dolly Sods
  • 12:30PM – Arrive TVCS


Packing List

  • Backpack or rucksack
  • Five bottles of water (or equivalent hydration bladder)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain jacket
  • Trail snacks
  • Food for dinner on the trail
  • Running shoes or trail runners
  • Slides or flip-flops (for afterwards)
  • Sleeping bag (for halfway point rest)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Insulating polar fleece shirt or jacket
  • Extra socks
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Pocketknife
  • Garbage bag
  • Small first aid kit (Band-Aids, blister treatment, etc.)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Phone/Camera

AllTrails Map – https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/west-virginia/dolly-sods-wilderness

By |2017-04-03T16:43:03+00:00March 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Rally Point 4: Dolly Sods Wilderness

About the Author:

Zac Northup is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of StandWatch.org. Zac served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard between 1992 and 2000, leaving the service as a captain. In 1996, he started his own publishing and consulting firm where he interviewed high-profile individuals including members of the joint chiefs of staff, service secretaries, elected officials, and soldiers in Bosnia, Honduras, and other locations. As a consultant, he worked for Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, 3M, and dozens of small firms that ranged from start-ups to multimillion dollar firms. He has proven experience taking a concept and growing it into a thriving business.