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Winter Backpacking - Foothills Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Table Rock State Park, SC   Backpacking: Winter Backpacking - Foothills Trail   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 7 2019  6:00 am >> Sun, Dec 8 2019 7:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Nov 20 2019 9:01 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Dec 2 2019 11:11 am
Event Duration:1 Days 13 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:30 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:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


It's winter-ish backpacking season at its best. In this edition it's pretty cut & dry :: we'll be doing a self-supported, out & back 30 mile backpacking (15 a day). We will start from the lot at the Table Rock State Park and head up, up and away for 15 miles (or so) to a spot we'll call "home" for a night...even with diminishing light in the winter we should be ok with 15 miles within daylight (even with the commute there). It's a quick pace, but we'll keep in touch as best as possible. The beauty of the "out & back" is even if you're setting a blistering pace you can just post up at 15 miles and we'll catch ya sooner or with that being said you do need to have a solid AOC resume of backpacking events at similar distances and terrain, I'll be vetting ya for that. Now for the winter part of will be most certainly cold AF out there so you'll NEED cold weather gear! If you have to ask what that might be - I'd reconsider signing up...did I mention I'll be vetting everyone that hasn't been out with me b4?


This map shows our elevation from TRSP (right side) to about where we call it a night (as you go left across the map) you can see we selected the harder stuff just for you ;) We should be able to set up for a fire - praying it's dry that weekend! So we can warm up, heat up food and "chill" by a warm fire before sleep. When daylight hits we'll get some hot food & coffee down then it's back to the casa!

Might consider a pit stop at Habanero's for a taco or two b4 heading back....we'll plan that as a group tho.


This is a D6 level backpacking trip, please register only if you're comfortable with an extremely difficult backpacking event and have recent AOC backpacking experience. If your experience is not from the club, please include it in a note when you register. The Trip Leaders reserves the right to remove registrants without a sufficient track record with the club for the safety of everyone. I encourage members to actively participate in challenging experiences, but most importantly - to stay healthy and safe so you can build from here.



Required Items to Bring:

Sturdy hiking shoes/boots

bivy sack or tent - 4-season???

0° sleeping bag or lower

Rain gear, cold weather gear, layers

MSR/Jetboil or the like

Cold weather fuel

Bear canister or hang bag

water treatment/filter

water/hydration system

enough food/snacks to stay energized for 2 solid days of rigorous hiking. Only you know what "you" will need to stay strong & healthy...more is never a bad thing.

Positive attitude :)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Micro spikes/YakTrax


Trekking poles



Eye protection

Pack saw

hand/foot warmers

Bear spray?

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Atlanta to Table Rock State Park in SC. #GTS yo! I'm driving the Lil Sasquatch, so I can take 3 + myself - if we go bigger we need car 2.

Car(s) will be left at the Visitor Center located at 158 Ellison Ln. Pickens, SC 29671 . It's $5 per car per yeah.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):262Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $104.80 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.


Bring dry clothing to change in to for return trip.
Bring bag for wet and/or muddy gear to respect drivers vehicle.
Let's all hope for bright, sunny & clear weather (temps..I don't care, we just want clear skies;)

We'll split costs in fuel, parking and anything else that may arise.

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