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Backpacking A.T. from Woody Gap to Gooch Mtn Shelter

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Near Suches, GA   Backpacking: Backpacking A.T. from Woody Gap to Gooch Mtn Shelter  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 2 2016  10:30 am >> Sun, Apr 3 2016 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Mar 25 2016 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 25 2016 12:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:8 Miles
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 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.


A great time to backpack while the trees are probably still bare in the mountains, and the temperatures still cool!  This is an in/out trip - we'll go in and return on the same route.  

I have hiked this part of the Appalachian Trail but add "Exploratory" since I've not camped here for many years and do not recollect the exact campsite locations and amenities.  Read this for a great description of the hike.  We'll be going in the southern direction from Woody Gap to the Gooch Mtn Shelter area.  There are a couple camp sites that we'll pass along the way, and if they are not taken and are of appropriate size and amenities (e.g., water and view), we will go ahead and set up camp.  Be prepared to hike the full 5 1/2 miles with your backpack to the camp site.

Since we're unsure of the amount of space at the campsites, we're keeping the number of attendees low.  Additionally, there are a lot of through-hikers out at this time of year potentially filling up the camp sites. 

On Sunday morning, we'll plan to depart camp by 9:30 or so.  Lunch in Dahlonega may be an option that we can discuss prior to our car pool departure.

Up to 2 dogs allowed.  Jake will be one dog already attending.

Required Items to Bring:

See the Events Checklist for Backpacking

1.5- 2 liters of water to start hike

All the typical gear - tent, sleep pad, sleeping bag, cooking gear, food, warm clothes, water filter

1 lunch, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Flexible and Fun Attitude  :-)

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Hat for cold weather, and for sun shade



Musical instruments

Adult beverages 

hors d'oeuvres to share with others if you like

How to Get There:
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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):120Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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