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Bartram Trail 1 of 3 - Osage Overlook to Rabun Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Osage Overlook
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 16 2020  7:00 am >> Sun, Feb 16 2020 6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 6 2020 7:11 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 14 2020 8:34 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ron Jacobs
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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:3
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.
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The Bartram trail runs for 35 miles in Georgia and follows the approximate route of 18th century naturalist William Bartram's southern journey. Join me as I explore 3 seldom hiked sections of this iconic trail.

Part I Osage Overlook to Rabun Bald

Part II Warwoman Dell to Dicks Creek Falls (coming soon)

Part II Bartram TH to Dicks Creek Falls (coming later)


Part I - Osage Overlook to Rabun Bald

This section starts in North Carolina at the scenic Osage Overlook. We will follow the trail south over rolling hills until we start our ascent of Rabun Bald. We will climb over 1400 feet in our 2 mile ascent to the top where we will enjoy the 360 degree views from the top of the tower.  We will stop here for lunch and enjoy the views before retracing our steps back to our cars. Our downhill return will be at a quicker pace, but overall we should average around 2.7 mph, this is on the fast side of moderate.

Recent D5 experience is required to join the fun. I reserve the right to move under-experienced adventurers to the waiting list.


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The trailhead is located at the Osage Overlook. Trailhead location

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):220Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $88.00 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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