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Smoky Mountains: Kephart Prong to Charles Bunion & Mount Le Conte

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Smoky Mountains near Bryson City, NC   Hike: Smoky Mountains: Kephart Prong to Charles Bunion & Mount Le Conte    National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 5 2017  6:00 am >> Sat, Aug 5 2017 9:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Jul 23 2017 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Aug 2 2017 10:00 am
Event Duration:15 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:26 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: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Want to escape the summer heat in Atlanta? We had so much fun on this one last year, we are going back to the Smoky Mountains and enjoy some cooler temperatures and spectacular views as we day-hike from Kephart Prong Trailhead to Charles Bunion (about 6 miles), then hop on the AT to the Boulevard Trail which takes us to Mount Le Conte (7 miles). After a short break, we return to the AT via the Boulvard Trail, head south on the AT til we hit the Sweat Heifer trail which takes us back down to the trailhead (11 miles)... Oh! Did I mention that in the process, we gain over 6000 ft of elevation?

Should be great fun hike but prior D6 experience is required. The trip leader reserves the right to remove folks from the sign-up list. Also keep in mind that this hike requires a long drive (hence the early carpool departure). Even by moving at an average speed of 3 miles per hour, the hike will likely wrap up late in the afternoon and result in a late return. 

Acknowledgement: thanks to John LaBelle for copy/pasting his past trip and suggesting routes. 


Required Items to Bring:

- minimum 2-3L of water (a water filter might not be a bad idea)

- snack and lunch food

- rain gear 


Recommended Items to Bring:
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- trekking poles
- sunscreen
- change of clothes (please, for the end of the day)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Indian Trail, take I-85 North to I-985 North. I-985 North eventually becomes Lanier Pkwy, which becomes US-23, which becomes to US-441.




Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):333Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $133.20 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.


No dogs allowed for this event.

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