Sat, Mar 4 2017 - Unicoi Gap to Brasstown Bald (View Original Event Details)|
Stefan, Steve H
|Participants:||Stefan, Steve H, Chuck R, Rick D, Laura M, Ping, Brian K|
Beautiful, picture perfect day on the trail with strong group attempt at keeping a 3+ mph
pace. Temp in the upper 20's to start but Stefan went manly with with shorts anyway.
We started at Unicoi Gap with a quick ascent to Blue mountain to get our hearts
pumping then a few more "bumps" and quick 4.5 miles to Chattahoochee Gap. We
barely acknowledged the event when taking our right turn onto the Jacks Knob trail
which added a bit more challenge for 2.4 miles before descending to route 180 and a
grab quick break to get a snack and remove a layer of clothing. The, the real work
would begin with our ascent to the ridge and countless switchbacks (a new word for
Ping :-). After a hard earned 2 mile ascent into the Brasstown parking lot, the final 6/10
to the summit was piece of cake and completed 4000 ft of elevation gain. A few of us
stopped for picture taking at the summit then group assembled at the parking lot for
lunch. The return was much easier but still had a few more ascents and stop to chat
with a nice family of hikers at Chattahoochee Gap. Then, the final trek up the back side
of old Blue and our final short stop for a quick drink. The rocky section back from there
was a bit slower and contributed to our 2.9 mph overall speed. Still a good day as we
felt accomplished heading back down to Unicoi and our cars.
Very strong group led by Stefan who as usual didn't disappoint ant definitely gave us our
money's worth 6200 ft total ascent and just under 20 miles and we earned our ice cream
for the day. This was my third time for this hike and definitely the best. Great workout,
great group and hardly any whining except for Chuck R ;-).
Congrats to Stefan, Chuck R, Rick D, Brian K, Ping, Laura M and many thanks for
making my first AOC co-lead so memorable.