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Part III of a Series Advanced Backpacking – Benton Mackaye Section 1

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Vogel State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 25 2004  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 17 2004 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Michael Aubertine
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Moderate - Strenuous

***NOTE: There will be a mandatory packing meeting on Thursday, September 23, 2004 to ensure that everyone has the proper gear and to divvy up the community gear***

We will be hiking the first section of the Benton Mackaye trail from Springer MT to Three Forks. This is a sister trail to the AT in Georgia and runs about 100 miles in total (well do two 3.5 mile hikes). We will arrive Saturday morning and setup our shuttle cars before taking off. We will start the day off with a short .3 mile hike to the start of the Historic AT trail head then we will backpack in about 3-3.5 miles on Saturday and setup our first camp. On Sunday we will finish up section one with another 3 miles and return via our car shuttle to the trail head.

Required Items to Bring:
Sleeping Bag and Pad
A few liters of Water
Food and Snacks (you are responsible for all of your own food and snacks)

Take a look here for a checklist for overnight backpacking trips:

If you have questions about what to pack and what not to pack, please email Mike at
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Mountain City, GA Noon at the Visitors center From Atlanta take I-75 north to I-575. Continue north on I-575 until it ends at the Pickens/Cherokee County border. At this point the Georgia Mountain Parkway begins. Blairsville is 60 miles from this point. Take U.S. 19 and 129 south from Blairsville for 10 miles. Turn right into Vogel State Park.


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes
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Cost Includes:TBA - The leader still has to decide whether to do community food or for each participant to bring their own. If you have an opinion, let the leader know.

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