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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This is a paid event with payment managed by the trip leader(s) and NOT the AOC. Please read the event description carefully for payment details and instructions.

Summit Mt Mitchell

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Briar Bottom Group Campground, Burnsville, NC 28714
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 26 2019  3:00 pm >> Sun, Apr 28 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 3:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Apr 4 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 12 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:$17.25/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This hike will be limited to 12 people, if the 'computer' allows more, then you will be moved to the waitlist.

It is time to summit Mt Mitchell.  Mt Mitchell is the highest peak in North Carolina AND East of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet.

We will depart Friday late afternoon and complete the 4 hour drive up to Burnsville,  NC. We will set up camp in the Briar Bottom Group Campground (you will drive through Black Mountain campground) at the base of Mt Mitchell. We will enjoy dinner, relax around a fire, and prep for our next day's big adventure.

Our campsite has a covered picnic table, fire ring, running water and is near a Comfort Station with flushing toilets. Coin operated showers are available in the adjacent Black Mountain Campground which we drive through to get to Briar Bottom.  Our site does not have electricity (none of them do).  We are in the LAUREL group campsite.

Saturday morning after an early breakfast, we will head out on our hike that will start in the Black Mountain Campground. The hike up the Mt Mitchell Trail to the summit is 5.6 strenuous miles with an elevation gain of 3600 feet. From the stone observation tower at the summit, on a clear day, one can see 85 miles in all directions. After a rest and group photos, we will return down the mountain to our campsite at Briar Bottom.

Upon our return, we will  celebrate with a well earned dinner, cold adult beverages (please act responsibly) and relax around the fire.   We will head out Sunday morning after breakfast.

Campground info: briar-bottom-campgrounds-in-north-carolina/

This is a strenuous hike, covering approximately 11.2 miles and including approximately 3600 feet in elevation gain. Only advanced hikers with recent D5 experience (or with significant D4 experience) should register. Hey, if you've not completed a recent AOC D4 or higher, please send the trip leaders information on your recent hiking experiences (trail name, distance, date, pace), this will enable us to ensure group safety.  If I don't get an email from you, within a day of your signup, I will move you to the waitlist. 

Required Items to Bring:

Friday:  dinner

Saturday:  breakfast, lunch, dinner

Sunday:  breakfast

Cooler/ice (We will have one, we can share, so it would be good to have perhaps one more).

Sleeping bag, pad or air mattress
Camp chair (optional, for the campfire).
Layered clothing
Toiletry items
Bug spray and suntan lotion

Cooking gear.

First aid kit

Firewood (if you can, please donate a bag)

Excellent hiking boots


Rain gear

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Personal items (book, etc.)
Adult beverages
Musical instruments

Trekking poles
Trail snacks

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Handed out at the park and ride.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):450Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 3:00 pm
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $180.00 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.


Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes but trip leader may cancel if extreme weather conditions are forecast.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Member Cost:$17.25/Person
Cost Includes:

Payment is not through the AOC, but to the trip leader.

The final cost per person will be determined on April 12th, your payment is due by April 16th.   The campsite cost will be divided evenly by participants.  The cost of $17.25 (above) is only if we have 8 attendees, and is meant to give you a rough estimate of your cost.  The cost of your trip will go up or down depending on the number of attendees.

Payment should be made to Ann Howard once you are an accepted attendee.  Please expect to pay by paypal.  You will be instructed via email how to make payment.  If you have not paid by April 16th, you will be placed on the waitlist and another attendee will be moved up.  

The Trip Leader(s) for this event has (have) elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event. Therefore, by registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

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

Any cancellation refund will only take place if a paid substitute (determined by the trip leaders from the waitlist) is found.

No weather related refunds will take place.