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Backpack on the Chattooga

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Bartram Trail - Chattooga River Sec II   Backpacking: Backpack on the Chattooga  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 25 2017  8:30 am >> Sun, Feb 26 2017 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Feb 7 2017 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 24 2017 5:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Todd M
Scott Kozlowski
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:9
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 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.


Here's an easy backpacking trip on the Chattooga River Trail. 

Its a new spot for us to spend the night - but simple to get to.

We'll park at the trailhead on Earl's Ford Rd where the Bartram Trail crosses.  We'll hike approximately 2 miles downstream to camping areas along the river.  We may need to hike a little further depending on what is available, since you can't reserve a camping site.

After setting up camp, and perhaps a bite to eat, we plan to hike another couple miles downstream to check out Dick's Creek Falls.  I hear there are fish in the river, so if someone wants stick around camp to catch them, we will help eat some trout.

In the evening, we plan on having a fire, and perhaps make some music, while we try to stay up late and enjoy a winter's night.

On Sunday, we'll have breakfast and enjoy the area before breaking camp. Mornings in the mountains are awesome - no need to hurry back to the city. However, if you arrange it at the carpool, you're free to leave as early as you want with your carpool group. Hard to get lost on this's just there and back.

There will be a 2 dog limit. Must be friendly and well behaved. Expect to drive your own car if you bring your dog.

Leave no trace, paper products only to be burned in fire.

Arrange with trip leaders or other friends PRIOR to event if you plan to/need to share any equipment.  


Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Boots/Hiking Shoes
Backpack for overnight trip
Sleeping Bag (warm!)  
Thermarest/Sleeping Pad
Backpacking Stove
Water, either in camel back or nalgene carriers
Cold weather gear ...It may be chilly
Headlamp, spare batteries
Meals (1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast)
Water filter or water purification tablets
Bear bag, string to hang it
Lighter or matches

Please see the AOC Backpacking Checklist for other required and recommended items.

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

Trekking poles.
Rain Gear
Adult beverages
Fire starter

Wood saw (for dead wood only)

Dry clothes, towel, extra water, and clean shoes for car (sack for muddy boots)

I recommend that no one leaves (purse, phone) valuables in cars

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Carpool
Take 85 North to 985 (11.9 mi)
Stay left and follow 985/23/365 to Rickman Rd in Clayton, Ga (75.6 mi)
Turn Right on Rickman and follow to Warwoman Rd (0.5 mi)
Turn right onto Warwoman Rd

About 8 miles out of Clayton turn right on Earl's Ford Rd (by Warwoman Fire Dept).

Follow to parking area where Bartram trail intersects the road.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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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