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Backpack to Stratton Bald in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness   Backpacking: Backpack to Stratton Bald in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 24 2015  10:30 am >> Sun, Oct 25 2015 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Oct 21 2015 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 30 2015 11:59 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob Bunner
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



Come join me for a combination of backpacking and day hiking in the Joyce-Kilmer Wilderness.  The first part of our journey will be backpacking to Bob Stratton Bald, one of the highest points in the Joyce-Kilmer Wilderness at 5240 ft.  Its a large bald with acres of open area, great views, a reliable water source, and plenty of available campsites.  From Beech Gap trailhead on the Cherohala Skyway, we will hike a total of 3.5 miles, with an elevation gain of about 1000', to Bob Stratton Bald. The first couple miles follow an old road, and is fairly easy with great views here and there. Most of the elevation gain occurs during the third mile, which is pretty steep and challenging.  Eventually, we will reach the Bald. 

The second part of our journey is a dayhike to Hangover, which has 360 degree views of what should be prime Fall foliage. It's a 6 mile round trip walk along the ridgeline to a junction at Naked Ground, and then we will continue to Hangover.

On Sunday, we'll enjoy the Bald in the morning before breaking camp and heading to the parking lot.  We'll plan to stop for lunch at the Crab Trap in Tellico Plains. If this is not an option for you, you can discuss this at the carpool prior to departure.

Required Items to Bring:

Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Appropriate clothing, rain gear, headlamp, cooking utensils, food (1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast), water

Recommended Items to Bring:
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camera, hat, daypack/fanny pack, water filter, campfire beverages, fire starter, first aid kit

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $128.00 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.


Please contact the trip leader if you intend to bring a dog.  I will limit the number of dogs on the trip, so don't assume you can bring your dog without notifying me in advance.

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