Backpack to Stratton Bald in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness - Sat, Oct 6 2018

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Backpack to Stratton Bald in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness   Backpacking: Backpack to Stratton Bald in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 6 2018  10:30 am >> Sun, Oct 7 2018 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 26 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 5 2018 11:59 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 6 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob Bunner
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Come join me for a combination of backpacking and day hiking in the Joyce-Kilmer Wilderness.  The first part of our journey will be backpacking to Bob Stratton Bald, one of the highest points in the Joyce-Kilmer Wilderness at 5240 ft.  Its a large bald with acres of open area, great views, a reliable water source, and plenty of available campsites.  From Beech Gap trailhead on the Cherohala Skyway, we will hike a total of 3.5 miles, with an elevation gain of about 1000', to Bob Stratton Bald. The first couple miles are pretty easy as the path follows an old road. Most of the elevation gain occurs during the third mile, which is pretty steep and challenging.  Eventually, we will reach the Bald. 

The second part of our journey is a 6 mile round trip dayhike to Hangover, a narrow outcropping with 360 degree views. This is a great place to relax for 20-30 minutes before returning to our campsite.

On Sunday, we'll enjoy the Bald in the morning before breaking camp and heading to the parking lot.

Required Items to Bring:

Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Appropriate clothing, rain gear, headlamp, cooking utensils, food (1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 1 snack for Sunday), water

Recommended Items to Bring:
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camera, hat, daypack/fanny pack, water filter, campfire beverages, fire starter, first aid kit

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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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.


Please contact the trip leader if you intend to bring a dog.  I will limit the number of dogs on the trip, so don't assume you can bring your dog without notifying me in advance.

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