The Georgia Loop: extreme weekend edition - Fri, Sep 22 2017

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The Georgia Loop: extreme weekend edition

The Basics:
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Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Woody Gap   Backpacking: The Georgia Loop: extreme weekend edition  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Sep 22 2017  3:30 pm >> Sun, Sep 24 2017 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 2:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 13 2017 10:10 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Sep 20 2017 10:10 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:57 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:5
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

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.


The Georgia Loop is a 57 mile trek through the Chattahoochee National Forest. It combines the Appalachian Trail, Duncan Ridge Trail, and Benton MacKaye Trail to show off north Georgia's finest mountians. An interactive topo map of the loop can be found here.

We will be meeting at Woody Gap parking lot on Friday afternoon at 3:30pm (carpool option at 2:00 in Alpharetta) and hiking 7 miles into the AT to the Woods Hole shelter area for the night. 

On Saturday and Sunday, we will hiking by 7am and crushing 25-30 miles each day to bring us back to Woody Gap on Sunday evening.

This hike will be strenuous, not a leisurely stroll, and paced at about 2.5 miles per hour. This translates to 10-12 hours of hiking each day to complete the loop. We will be hiking ALL day (snacks about every 2 hours / 5 miles, 1 hr lunch max, breakfast and dinner at camp)

No dogs, please.

Someone else was crazy enough to do this in 2.5 days also. Read about it here.


Terrain: The BMT and AT are both well maintained trails that see lots of traffic. The DRT is less frequented and will most likely require more techincal hiking over fallen trees, branches, and rocks.


Water: Topo maps show that water will not be on-trail along the DRT for a good portion of Saturday morning until the Toccoa River, although there appear to be sources slightly off trail. It is recommended to carry 3-4 liters of water. On Sunday, water will be more plentiful and 1-2L should be plenty.


Previous Experience: Because this is a difficult hike into a remote backcountry area, I will be contacting anyone who does not show D5+ or backpacking history to make sure they will be prepared for this event.


Required Items to Bring:

Backpack, sleep system, good footwear, weather appropriate clothing, water containers (2L), water filter/treatment, bear proof food storage for camp, food (2 full days + snacks), headlamp or flashlight.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking poles, rain gear, 3-4L of water capacity

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Alpharetta, take GA-400 / US-19 north all the way through Dahlonega (there are several turns). Take GA-60 straight/left when it splits from US-19 after passing through Dahlonega. Woody Gap will be marked with a Chattahoochee National Forest sign.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):112Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 2:00 pm
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $44.80 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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