2019-07-27 GA-AT Woody Gap to Neels Gap & Back - Sat, Jul 27 2019

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2019-07-27 GA-AT Woody Gap to Neels Gap & Back

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Woody Gap to Neels Gap & Back
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 27 2019  7:00 am >> Sat, Jul 27 2019 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Jun 10 2019 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 26 2019 5:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:22 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We’ll meet and start from Woody Gap parking lot. We’ll follow AT (Appalachian Trail) NoBo (North Bound) to Big Cedar Mt at 1.3 miles, Jarrard Gap at 5.7 miles, Bird Gap at 7.2 miles, Blood Mt at 8.6 miles, and Neels Gap at 11 miles.

We will not take many breaks, and each break will be brief. We’ll take a short break at the turning point Neels Gap to refill water and some snacks. Then we'll follow AT SoBo (South Bound) to get back to our cars. This event is a high-end D6; please consider this before signing up.

Although we're not going to trek at a "fast" pace of 3+ mph, the pace of this event is aiming at the high-end "moderate" averaging 3.0 mph when we're moving. I usually don't maintain this high-end moderate pace in all of my hikes; however this one is different so we can experiment 3.0 mph over 22 miles on AT.

<<< Important Notes >>>

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. If you're going to meet at the event, please arrive 10 minutes before our starting time. Our duration time is an educated estimate, so we need to have some flexibility.

This event is physically challenging and rewarding. You can fully enjoy it if and only if you have good fitness and endurance. Please only register if you are comfortable going long distance in the remote mountains environment, and have recent D5 experience.

If your recent experience is not from the club, please include it in a note when you register, or email TL; otherwise you will be moved to the waiting list for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of our trip.

Required Items to Bring:


Headlamp (It may be dark in the beginning and the end)

Carry enough water, nutrition/ snacks (at least for 10 miles before refill is available)

Clothing suitable for the season

Good trail running/hiking shoes

If you're in other member’s car, bring change clothing, an extra pair of Clean shoes, bag for changed shoes, towel to sit on. Only enter with clean shoes. Remove all trash and your belongings.

Cash for carpool driver.

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


GPS watch (or similar of any kind) with good battery life

Hiking poles


First-Aid kit

Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Use Google Map address:

Woody Gap / Appalachian Trail, GA-60, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Take GA-400 N to its end; turn left onto US-19 N for 5.1 miles.

Turn right onto US-19 N/ GA-9 N for 8 miles.

At the fork of US-19 N and GA-60, follow GA-60 for 5.4 miles to Woody Gap parking lot.


1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.


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

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