Backpacking The Southern Natahala National Forest - Sat, May 2 2015

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Backpacking The Southern Natahala National Forest

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Franklin, NC   Backpacking: Backpacking The Southern Natahala National Forest  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 2 2015  8:00 am >> Mon, May 4 2015 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Apr 27 2015 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 29 2015 9:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:27 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob J
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:1
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Come join us as we hike 27 total miles along the AT in the Southern Nantahala National Forrest. We will backpack from five to eleven miles daily in the high mountains. We may take some 'extra' side trails for the views and/or to set camp off of the AT at Big Scally Mountain

Even though the write up says this is an exploritory event the trip leader has hiked all but about 2 miles at most.


Day one anywhere from 8 to 11 miles: We will start the event at the Standing Indian Backcountry Information Center. We will hike up to the AT from the info center on the Long Branch Trail. We will turn to the South, pass a new AT shelter, and stop at the Albert Mountain fire tower. The tower has 360 degree views. We will stop for a break or eat lunch at the tower. After lunch, we will continue on the AT until we reach Moonie Gap, then continue on to either Betty Creek or most likely Carter Gap for 11.3 mils on the day. We can take an optional 5.2 mile round trip to Pickens Nose for the views and then set camp closer to Betty Creek Gap.

Day two: On day two we will leave either Betty Creek or Carter Gap and hike to Standing Indian mountain or the Standing Indian shelter.

Day three, our last day: we will then hike to Deep Gap and take the Kimsey Creek Trail back to the Standing Indian Information Center and head out for dinner or lunch. This will be a five or six mile hike out. We can consider going down Beech Gap Trail to Big Scally Mountain instead of Standing Indian for the night.


Required Items to Bring:

A desire to have fun in some beautiful mountains, 2 dinners 3 lunches 2 breakfasts, snacks, a full stomach (we are goind to McDonalds on the way to Franklin) or pick up breakast on the first morning, snacks, gas money for drivers, money for dinner on Monday evening, spare footwear for in camp and for the return home, trekking poles since the area is very wet (fording streams) and there are a few very steep sections (albert mtn, beach gap trail & trail from big scally mt back up to the AT), waterproof boots, tent/hammock/shelter, sleeping bag, stove with fuel, sunscreen, water purification devices, vessels to hold water, warm clothes for night, see the AOC website for other items spare clothes and shoes with bag for return trip

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How to Get There:
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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):220Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $88.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


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