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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Blood Mountain   Hike: GHOULISH BLOOD MTN SUNSET  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 6 2018  3:15 pm >> Sat, Oct 6 2018 10:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 3:15 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Oct 3 2018 8:08 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 6 2018 10:10 am
Event Duration:6 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


What better place to take a ghoulish early-Halloween sunset/night hike than to the top of BLOOD Mtn!?! The mountain whose name is believed to come from a battle between the Creek and Cherokee Indians at Slaughter gap where the streams ran red with blood. Yeah, I know it will be a few weeks prior to Halloween, but the weather looked perfect for this Saturday and I'm sure the goblins have already set up shop on BM.

We'll hike up the Byron Reece trail and at Flatrock Gap connect with the Appalachian Trail, which we will take to the top of Blood Mountain. The hike will be timed to allow us to reach the summit in time to eat our dinner and watch a spectacular mountain sunset.

The hike to the top of the mountain is about 2.5 miles (5 r/t) and has 1,500 feet of ascent, which puts the hike at the very upper end of the D3 range. If you have not completed previous hikes in the N Ga mountains, please do not sign up for this event. Hiking in the mountains is more strenuous than local hikes, and coming down long, steep mountain terrain in the dark is not the best time to experiment.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Headlamp
  • Layered clothing appropriate for varying temperatures
  • Plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • Dinner and/or trail snacks
  • Emergency rain gear
  • Change of clothes/shoes for the ride home
  • Cash for your carpool driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Extra batteries or light

How to Get There:
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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):128Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 3:15 pm
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $51.20 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.

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