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Siler Bald Autumn Backpacking

The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Winding Stair Gap - west of Franklin NC on US 64   Backpacking: Siler Bald Autumn Backpacking   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Nov 2 2020  10:30 am >> Mon, Nov 2 2020 8:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 10:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 24 2019 8:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 31 2019 8:00 am
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's hit the North Carolina Appalachian Trail for a relaxing overnight backpacking trip on top of beautiful Siler Bald. We will begin our adventure at Winding Stair Gap, passing by a lovely little waterfall right away. Heading northbound on the AT, we will cross a couple of branches of Moore Creek as we head steadily but gradually up. We will take a break midway up to enjoy a light lunch or snacks trailside. We'll pass through Swinging Lick Gap, Panther Gap, and Snowbird Gap before reaching our campsite at just under 5 miles. 

Here we will set up camp and then you will have some free time to enjoy as you please. Perhaps you'd like to savor the nearly 360 degree view from the top of the Bald and get some autumn photos. Or you could read a book as the breeze ruffles your hair. Advanced hikers may prefer to hike down to Wayah Gap and back. Regardless of your fancy, we will all pitch in to gather firewood and assist one another with camp chores. We will share dinner and conversation and perhaps some live music around the campfire before retiring for a great night's sleep. Sunday morning, we will take our time breaking camp and heading back down to civilization. Your Trip Leaders plan to stop for a late lunch on the way home to break up the drive.

This event is suitable for all backpackers regardless of backpacking experience level. In fact, one of your TLs is a beginner and the other is advanced. We will learn from one another. However, we do expect that attendees will have some recent D3/D4 hiking experience with the AOC.

Required Items to Bring:

Tent or hammock
Sleeping bag and pad
Rain gear (just in case)
Plenty of water (less needed if you have a filter)
1 trail lunch or snacks, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
Good hiking boots/shoes
Layered clothing appropriate for the expected temps
Cash for your carpool driver

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Camp chair

Insect repellant

Rope and bear bag to hang food or a bear canister

Change of clothing for the ride home


Water filter

Stove for cooking



Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on I-85. Take I-985 near Mall of Georgia. Continue on I-985. After 26 miles this intersate will become US 23. Continue on US 23 through Clayton GA and into North Carolina. At Franklin NC take exit to US 64 West. Continue eight miles to Winding Stair Gap parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):235Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 10:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $94.00 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.

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