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Siler Bald Fall Foliage Backpacking




The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Winding Stair Gap - 8 mi West of Franklin NC on US 64
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 24 2009  11:45 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 9:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Sep 27 2009 9:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 22 2009 9:00 am
Event Duration:1 day Overnight
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Jon Miner
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
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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:6
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
***This is an intermediate backpacking trip but beginners are welcome, but will be responsible for having appropriate gear, and trip leader's final approval after signing up for event***

There are many scenic vistas on the Appalachian Trail within a couple hours driving time of Atlanta, but perhaps none more so than Siler Bald. With a summit of 5,216 feet it offers a sweeping 360 degree view of the surrounding valleys. And while there is almost 1500 feet in elevation gain, most of it is fairly gradual over four miles. The total distance hiked over two days will be a little over eight miles.

Although the total driving distance is close to 240 miles round trip, all of it is over major highways. So driving time should be no more than 2-2 ½ hours each way.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or contact the Event Coordinators (Jon Miner or Tom Jarosz) before the event. Note: Sunday morning we will start our hike back no later then 8:00 AM to Winding Stairs Gap parking lot.


Required Items to Bring:
  • Plenty of water and water filter
  • Food for Saturday night and Sunday morning
  • Utensils, cups and plates, cooking stove
  • Backpacking sized tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Flash Light
  • Change of cloths
  • Rain gear
  • Bug spray
  • First Aid kit
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Treking Poles
  • Warmer clothing since we'll be on a Mountain. It's going to be cooler at 5,000 feet.

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 until Winding Stairs Gap parking lot.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):235Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:30 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.

Notes:
If you have any questions e-mail the Event Coordinator and save phone calls for the day of the event.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
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