The tripWildcat Hollow Trail, Wayne National Forest, OH, October 2012. This figure-eight trail through pine forest and over rocky ridges offers two options: a 5-mile and a 15-mile loop. “We wanted to do the shorter version, but we missed the junction and ended up on the longer one,” says Jonathon, 31. “With darkness quickly approaching and no campsite to be found, we made the best of it and camped in a grove on a 25-degree incline. The morning was great, though!” The gear Both of the Runcans grew up camping with the scouts, but hadn’t spent a weekend in the wilderness for years. Erin, 30, bought new gear, but the couple made do with Jonathon’s old, 8-pound tent, which “wasn’t as waterproof as it was 16 years ago.” What I learned “Don’t leave home without topo maps and the chops to use them. I have a merit badge on my Boy Scout sash that says I’m supposed to know what I’m doing, but that’s apparently totally false.” Next time The Runcans stayed on track last March on their second trip, in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.