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Backpack Joyce Kilmer - Stratton Bald
|Event Location:||Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, May 28 2016 8:30 am >> Mon, May 30 2016 4:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, May 23 2016 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, May 27 2016 3:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||2 Days 7 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock is a backpackers paradise and Stratton Bald is one of the highest points in the Wilderness at 5240 ft. Its a large bald with acres of open area presenting many fine campsites. If there is an "easy way" in to enjoy the high ridgeline of this Wilderness this is it.
On Sunday we will plan to embark on our 6 mile dayhike (round trip) from our campsite to the amazing 270 degree views into the GSMNP offered by The Hangover.
There is a small spring for water on Stratton Bald. You might want to have a light weight bucket to gather the water and filter from that, to decrease the amount of sediment that you might get from fitering directing from the ground.
We will practice bear and other critter avoidance tactics - e.g., eating/kitchen/food prep to be done in one area away from your tent; hanging food away from the camp area; no scented items in your tent, etc.
Plan is to be back to the Park and Ride by 4 or 5 PM Monday.
Up to two well-behaved dogs allowed. Hiking in to Stratton Bald, there is one small water source where the dog can drink up. Day-hiking to Hangover there is another spring at Naked Ground (roughly 1/3 - 1/2 way there). Be prepared to help your dog stay hydrated. Also, be prepared to drive your own car if you're bringing a dog.
Thanks to Scott K for most of this trip description, which I went on a few years back, and which I saw a bear in a tree eating berries!
|How to Get There:|
To the trail head from the Park-n-Ride, via Tellico Plains, TN: http://tinyurl.com/hj4bwgw
From the trail head to the Big Trees, JK Memorial Forest http://tinyurl.com/je6gpkv
From JK Memorial Forest back to Kennesaw, via Robbinsville, NC http://tinyurl.com/zr2ychm
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||320Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:30 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
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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.|
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