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Intro to Backpacking - Panthertown Valley

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area   Backpacking: Intro to Backpacking - Panthertown Valley   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 6 2019  7:30 am >> Sun, Apr 7 2019 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 18 2019 8:18 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 3 2019 9:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 9 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike S
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


So, you want to try backpacking.  But… not sure what equipment you need, can you really hike with a full backpack, how much does a full backpack weigh, what do you eat, and on and on.

If you have had these thoughts, this may be just the event for you.  This is an introductory backpacking trip.  We’ll be going to Panthertown Valley, the Yosemite of the East.   The hike in and the hike out will be just 2 miles.  Don’t let that fool you.  When you put 30 pounds of gear on you back, every steps counts. 

To help make this be successful for all, we’ll do a pack shake down the week before (Sunday 3/31).  You won’t have to bring your pack, unless you want to.  Instead what we’ll do is pack Mike’s pack.  Maybe George’s too.  In addition, we’ll be sending out lists of what to pack, and ideas for what to eat.

So here is the plan.  We’ll get an early start Saturday morning.  Targeting to be at the camp site before noon.  We’ll set up camp, filter water, collect firewood and eat lunch.  We should have time after that for a hike to the top of Big Green Mountain.  When we get back to camp we’ll cook dinner, and enjoy a happy hour around our campfire (beverage of your choosing). Oh yeah, we’ll have to practice our bear bagging before it gets too dark.

Sunday morning we’ll make breakfast, pack some stuff for lunch and take in a day hike. We’ll probably see in a couple of waterfalls, and enjoy lunch somewhere along the trail.  Then we’ll break camp and climb our way up out of the valley.

Required Items to Bring:

 Properly fitted Backpack - which we can help with...actually we can help you with all of's the whole purpose behind this event!

Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Water (easy access is a plus)
Rain gear
Sturdy, broken in boots/shoes
Extra clothes
Tent or Hammock w/ rainfly
Bear bag or Canister
Bug spray
Sun screen

First Aid kit

Dry bag or packliner


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

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If you have any questions about your gear or what you need to bring for this event, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leaders

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the NC 107 / US 64 Junction in Cashiers, take US 64 east for 2 miles to Cedar Creek Road (SR 1120) on left. Take Cedar Creek Road 2.3 miles to Breedlove Road (SR 1121) and turn right. Go 3.5 miles to end of pavement, turn left onto gravel road to parking area. Trailhead begins here. 


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):256Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $102.40 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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