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A Vampires Tale :: Full Moon Night Backpacking on the AT

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Woody Gap   Backpacking: A Vampires Tale :: Full Moon Night Backpacking on the AT  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 30 2020  9:00 pm >> Sat, Oct 31 2020 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Oct 25 2020 9:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Oct 28 2020 3:13 pm
Event Duration:16 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:18 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



Full Moon (Blue Moon, first full moon on Halloween in over 20 years) Backpacking to Blood Mountain from Woody Gap under full moon light, Friday after work. The plan is to hit the trail just before 9 pm...a proper level of darkness...head NoBO to the summit of Blood mountain by midnight or so to take in some of the full moon action. I will cancel event if there is a lot of cloud I'm banking on a clear sky or...mainly clear sky. We'll play that by ear, headlights are required to have with you for safety, however I really would like to use the moonlight to hike with most things safety will determine that as well!

This is not a beginners backpack and we WILL be moving at night, so it will be a proper backpacking event. If you do not have recent D5 hike experience please do not sign up...I will move you to the wait list!


Day 1 (Devil's Night): Arrive to the Woody Gap parking lot off GA60 before 9:00 p.m. prep and load up for the trail and have boots on dirt by 9 pm. Hike NoBo to Blood Mountain...we can either camp there if space is available, or we can trek back down to Woods Hole Shelter (WHS)...either way we'll make this decison as a group and we'll stick together. Safety and accountibility is paramount!

Day 2 (Halloween): An easy start to the day - VAMPIRES like to sleep in, LOL...depending on how late the evening ends up being will depend on what time we wrap up today. HAPPY HALLOWEEN y'all.


woody to blood


** SInce posting I have had a lot of positive feedback, so with the assistance of a second TL - Co-Leading the event - I feel comfortable with extending the max group number from 8 to 10 (current AOC group cap due to this lovely virus).

Required Items to Bring:

  Headlamp and lights a MUST :: Costume optional 

Wooden stake, holy water, crucifix, silver bullets???

Sturdy hiking shoes/boots

bivy sack, hammock or tent - 4-season???

sleeping bag or quilt

cold weather gear, layers

MSR/Jetboil or the like + fuel

Bear canister or hang bag - even tho WHS has a box

water treatment/filter

water/hydration system

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

Positive attitude :)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking poles (probably should be in the "required" list)

Camera - tripod - wide angle lens 


Pack saw

Bear spray?

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Woody Gap - AT trail head parking lot

GA 60 near Suches

See GPS tab above



Don't forget your plastic fangs!

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