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Cancelled due to Weather 2019-08-24 GA-AT Ultra 50K: Woody Gap to Neels Gap & Gooch Mt Shelter & Back

The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Woody Gap to Neels Gap & Gooch Mt Shelter & Back
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 24 2019  7:00 am >> Sat, Aug 24 2019 7:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 5:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jul 8 2019 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 23 2019 6:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D7: Extreme
Distance:32 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: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


<<< Objective >>>

Have you ever wanted to challenge yourself, really challenge yourself within one day’s daylight time to

  1. Trek 30+ miles with 7,000+ feet climbing;
  2. Add a new form of endurance training to your fitness program;
  3. Burn out massive amount of calories;
  4. Practice and train for any Ultra event.

This GA-AT Ultra 50K may be the answer; and it’s free for every AOC member.

<<< Distance, Ascent, Pace >>>

Distance is 32 miles, elevation gain is 7,000+ feet, and the estimated time is 12 hours. There is plenty of time if we just maintain a min. pace of 2.7 mph. There is no cut-off time, we can take as much time as we want.

The faster we finish, the deeper we breathe, the more calories we burn.

<<< Itinerary >>>

Course Description

  1. Woody gap (0 mile); Starting line going AT NoBo (North Bound);
  2. Big Cedar Mt (1.3 miles);
  3. Blood Mt (8.6 miles);
  4. Neels gap (11 miles); Turn-around Point going AT SoBo (South Bound); 
    General store supply available for purchase & free water refill;
  5. Blood Mt (13.4 miles);
  6. Big Cedar Mt (20.7 miles);
  7. Woody gap (22 miles); Aid station from our own cars;
  8. Ramrock Mt (23.5 miles);
  9. Gooch Mt Shelter (27 miles); Turn-around Point going AT NoBo (North Bound);
  10. Ramrock Mt (30.5 miles);
  11. Woody gap (32 miles); Finishing line.


Course Features

  1. Woody gap is close to Atlanta and Dahlonega GA. It can be reached in about 1 hour with a large parking lot.
  2. General store supply available for purchase and free water refill at Mile-11 from Neels gap.
  3. Aid station at Mile-22 from our own cars at Woody gap.
  4. Navigation is straight-forward and easy to follow along AT NoBo and SoBo. This is critical since we’re likely to get separated.
  5. Early exit is available from Woody gap if necessary.
  6. There are many summits and lookouts with excellent scenery along this course.
  7. 50+K (30+ miles) with 7,000+ feet elevation gain.
  8. Duration can fit into a one day’s daylight time.


Course Profile

Course profiles are available at


<<< Important Notes >>> 

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 familiar with going long distance in the remote mountains environment. You must have D6 experience to qualify.

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 event.

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.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):90Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 5:45 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $36.00 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.


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.