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Winter Backpack

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Foothills trail in Jocassee Gorges Region
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 7 2004  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 30 2004 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Robert Morris
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


There will be a MANDATORY packing meeting on Thursday, February 5, to ensure that everyone has the proper gear and to split the community gear amongst the group.

Donít stay inside just because its winter. February offers many advantages for the backpacker: no bugs, no crowds, and clear views! Join us for a backpacking trip to explore the Jocassee Gorges area. This region, which is along the North and South Carolina border, contains some of the finest waterfalls in the region. In particular, we will travel along the Whitewater and Thompson Rivers. Along the way we will see Upper and Lower Whitewater Falls, Big Falls, and Bear camp falls. The highlight of the trip will be Big Falls, which requires a short bushwhack along the Thompson River.

We will start our hike at the Bad Creek trailhead after shuttling a second car at the Whitewater River trailhead, and take the Foothills Trail to the east. A side-trail will take us to an overlook of the Lower Whitewater falls, before we continue along the trail to the Thompson River. We will then drop our packs to check out the Thompson River falls. Finally, we will continue to Bearcamp creek, where we will set camp. The next day, we will return along the Foothills trail, but continue along the trail up Whitewater creek to Upper Whitewater falls and our other car.

Required Items to Bring:
Sleeping Bag and Pad
A few liters of Water
Packed traveling lunch (Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast will be provided)
Take a look here for a checklist for overnight backpacking trips:

Notes: If you have questions about what to pack and what not to pack, please email Robert at
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Northeast Georgia 10 am Saturday at the Bad Creek Trailhead We will meet on Thursday, February 5, to ensure that everyone has the proper gear and to split the community gear amongst the group. Take I-85 North 90 miles across SC border. Take exit #1 for SC-11 North 30 miles. Turn left on SC 130. Turn right into Bad Creek trail access before NC state line.


Other business Ė Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:$15.00 covers your Dinner Saturday night and Breakfast Sunday morning. Please provide your own traveling lunch for Saturday morning.

Full payment required within 10 days of signup.
Balance Due Date: Friday, January 23, 2004 (If you sign up after this date, you will be required to pay immediately in order to hold your place on the event.)
Cancellation Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2004 (This trip is non-refundable if cancelled after this date unless you replace yourself on the trip.)
Cancellation with refund okay before January 30, 2004.

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