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Key Swap: BMT Section 9 thru 10a - Dyer Gap to Dally Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dyer Gap (near Epworth)
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 24 2019  9:00 am >> Sat, Aug 24 2019 1:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 12 2019 8:15 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 22 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:8.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Northbound will go from Dyer Gap to Watson Gap and then up to Spanish Oak Gap before descending down the Hemptop Trail to Dally Gap.  Southbound does the opposite.

We are walking within earshot of Jacks River, but for the most part, the river is just out of sight of the trail.  At Mill Branch there is an old house site and clearing point to civilization in the not-too-distant past in this remote valley.  Hemp Top (3580'): highest point on this section. Site of old firetower. Winter views to north, east, and west. There are no river fords.

Link to BMT trail and map information:

The plan:  Three vehicles will be used to drive to the trailheads and a split of the group will be determined by your trip leaders. Preference to attendance will be given to those who have a high clearance vehicle (no corvettes) and are willing to drive.  FYI - my Subaru or your CRV will make it fine...

There is no "meet at event" because of the key swap.

You must have recent hard D4 or a D5 experience to be on this hike.

Dyer to Dally:  2300' approximately
Dally to Dyer:  2500' approximately
Carpool Departure: 7AM
TH starts are between 9AM and 9:30AM
Lunch when we meet, swap keys.
Finish hike at approximately 1:30PM
Return cars to same trailhead 2:00 PM
Return to carpool at 4:00 PM

Required Items to Bring:




Layered clothing.

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

Hiking poles.



Bug spray.

Sun protection.

Rain jacket.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):140Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $56.00 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.

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

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