Winter Backpacking - BMT.AT.DRT - Sat, Feb 29 2020

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

Winter Backpacking - BMT.AT.DRT

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Springer Mtn Trailhead - Benton MacKaye Trail   Backpacking: Winter Backpacking - BMT.AT.DRT  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 29 2020  6:30 am >> Sun, Mar 1 2020 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 27 2020 1:11 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 28 2020 11:11 am
Event Duration:1 Days 10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:32 Miles
Trip Leader(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: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



It's another self-supported, out & back, winter BP'ing event this time it's:
Starting at the Springer Mtn Trailhead for the AT we'll head up the trail to the BMT turnoff and carry on to the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge - we'll make camp at the site there - hopefully not sharing with a bunch of ORV'ers...but if it gets crazy we can back track to Bryson Gap to get a good, cold night sleep. Regardless it's over 15 miles a day, out & back...We'll experience the AT, BMT & DRT on this event - a lil taste of Myra's upcoming GA LOOP event, we'll be on the green section highlighted below:



This is a D6 level backpacking trip, please register only if you're comfortable with an extremely difficult winter 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 Leader 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:

Winter Backpacking Essentials 
Sturdy hiking shoes/boots, socks, and liners
Tent, Bivy, Hammock
Treking Poles
MicroSpikes - Yaktrax
Sleeping bag, quilt, Snuggie
Food and beverages - only you know what YOU need
Stove (If you don't have one, prearrange to share!)
Trail snacks
1-2 liters of water (Water source available)
Water Filter (or prearrange to share)
Bag, Rope and Bear Bag kit, bear can
Toiletries - pack it out too!


Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Phanny Pak
Warm gloves
Dry night clothes
DRY, WARM go-home gear
Hand/Foot Warmers
skin protectant
fire starters - if it's dry enough to build fire

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Springer Mtn Trailhead Parking Lot - AT
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):120Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $48.00 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.


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 - so bring CASH or Venmo 

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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