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Roan Mountain A.T. extended hike

The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Roan Mountain NC
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 25 2019  1:00 pm >> Fri, Nov 1 2019 1:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 1:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Oct 6 2019 7:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 17 2019 7:30 pm
Event Duration:7 Days
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:66 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Kim S
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 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.


If you’ve ever thought about experiencing what a week is like on the trail for AT through hikers here’s your chance. We’re hiking 66 miles in 7 days (including car travel time) from Carver’s Gap near Roan Mountain to Devil’s Fork Rd. Like Through Hikers, there will be extra planning and decision-making in addition to the overnight basics such as identifying water sources during dry season. We’ll stay at hostels, restock supplies, do laundry and make shuttle arrangements. Each day we will finalize how far we go and where we camp depending on weather, terrain, pace, and other factors. This event is for backpackers who have gone on multiple day hikes and know how/what to pack for 30 lb. pack. Here's how the week shapes up (tentative schedule, we will assess each day as to exact camping spot):

  • Friday Oct. 25: Take two cars (second car needs to be large or take three cars) leave one at Devil's Fork Rd. then on to Mountain Harbor Hostel at AT mile 394 to arrive around 6:00 PM (about 5 hrs. from Atlanta) Conduct briefing on hike.
  • Saturday Oct 26: Drive half hour to Carver's Gap to start South Bound (SB) hike to Greasy Creek Gap Campsite is right off trail Hostel is half mile off trail 10 miles.
  • Sunday Oct. 27: Hike 12 miles to Deep Gap
  • Monday Oct. 28: Hike 12 miles to Cantarosa Farms in Erwin TN, re-supply, do laundry, shower sleep
  • Tuesday Oct. 29: Hike 12 mi to campsite at 328.2
  • Wednesday Oct. 30: Hike 9 miles to Low Gap
  • Thursday Oct. 31: Hike miles 12 mi. to Devil's Fork Rd. Shuttle back to Carver's Gap (1 hr.); stay night at Mountain Harbour Hostel or drive back to Atlanta
  • Friday Nov. 1: Drive to Atlanta to arrive around 1 PM


SPECIAL NOTE FOR SHORTER HIKE: It's possible that if some can only spare 4 days then they could get off at Erwin and drive back Monday night or Tuesday morning.  It would require a separate car to be at Erwin.  Seven day hikers get presedence but if you can only spare 4 sign-up anyway because we may not get 6 people who can go the whole way.  

Required Items to Bring:

6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners, snacks, Hike in with minimum 2 liters of water, Water filtration system, Backpacking gear, tent, sleep gear, stove, etc. Clothing appropriate for layers on cool nights and moderate days, Trekking poles, Bear hanging rope and bag, Rain jacket just in case

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Camera, Towel, Sunscreen, Hat, Gloves 

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):470Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 1:00 pm
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $188.00 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.


Be prepared for night time temperatures as low as 25 degrees and day time as high as 70 degrees. 

Participants will be required to reserve rooms at Mountain Harbor Hostel for 2 nights at $25.00 a night and $40 for one night for a cabin at Cantarosa Farms.  Bring cash for laundry etc. 

TLs should vet each attendee to ensure a match with the event’s requirements; they may exclude Members for fitness, health, and related concerns to complete the event without issue.

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

Remote potential of cancellation if severe weather is forecast