Pack Practice: STEP 2: Kennesaw 8.6 miles minimum 20 lbs pack - Sat, Apr 30 2016

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

Pack Practice: STEP 2: Kennesaw 8.6 miles minimum 20 lbs pack

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Kennesaw Mountain Overflow Lot on Old 41   Hike: Pack Practice: STEP 2: Kennesaw 8.6 miles minimum 20 lbs pack  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 30 2016  9:00 am >> Sat, Apr 30 2016 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Apr 27 2016 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 29 2016 8:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8.6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tricia S.
Email Trip Leader(s)
You must be logged in to get the Trip Leader contact information.
Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Come practice your Backpacking with us on Saturday with 8.6 miles and 2 passes over Kennesaw Mountain

I'm pretty sure Tricia will be weighing packs before we start so you better have at least 20 pounds in your pack (backpack or daypack)

We are STARTING IN THE OVERFLOW PARKING LOT, then going over Kennesaw  to Burnt Hickory.  We'll have a short snack break at Burnt Hickory before going out to the East Trail / New Salem Trail around and back to the base of the mountain before going over the mountain again, then past the Visitor's Center and back to our cars.

Go at your own pace if you'd like on this hike.  Your trip leaders will wait for everyone at a few points along the way and again at the finish, but feel free to set your own pace that's comfortable for you.  The purpose of this hike is getting used to carrying weight while hiking with elevation.  Our packs are normally at least 30 lbs so this is a warm up for the real deal.

If you're a joker (and some of you are) don't plan to empty out 20 lbs of sand or water on the way up so you look like a stud flying up the mountain.  Tricia will beat you silly... and then laugh at you on the real backpacking when you're crying.  You know if I'm talking to you...

Required Items to Bring:

Backpack/Daypack with 20 lbs of gear, water or bags of sand


Possibly rain gear

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

1) I-75 North to exit 267B Hwy 5 Canton Road Connector

2) If you are not heading west after getting off of the Interstate you are going the wrong way.  You should be heading towards US 41 and downtown Marietta after getting off of I-75 onto the Canton Road Connector and see Kennesaw Mountain on your right.

3) You will be tempted to take the first exit off of the Canton Road Connector which is US 41, but do not take it.  Proceed over US 41 on a bridge staying on the Canton Road Connector.

4) After crossing US 41 take a right at the first redlight which is Church Street Extension.

5) You should cross railroad tracks soon.

6) Take a left onto Old 41 at the second redlight.  If you get to US 41 again, you have missed the turn onto Old 41 so turn around.

7) Stay on Old US 41 until you pass in front of the mountain then turn left at the redlight and park in the main visitor center lot if you can.  If full head back out to Old 41, take a left and park in the overflow parking lot farther down the road on the left.

Meet near the cannon outside the main entrance of the visitor's center.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.