Mt. Sterling Backpacking Trip - Sat, Oct 24 2009

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Mt. Sterling Backpacking Trip

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Mt. Sterling, NC (GSMNP)
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 24 2009  11:00 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 7:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Sep 29 2009 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 22 2009 12:00 pm
Event Duration:2 days
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Bob Bunner
Michael Johnson
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

This is an extremely challenging, but also very rewarding backpacking trip to the summit of Mt. Sterling. We will steadily climb along the Baxter Creek trail, culminating with 360 degree views of the Smokies from an old firetower. But this trip is not for the average or novice backpacker. The trail gains 4100 feet in only 6.2 miles! That's about the equivalent of hiking from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the South Rim. I'm not aware of any other trail that is as challenging in the Southeast. The trailhead begins at the Big Creek picnic area. There is a water source about 1/2 mile before we get to the summit. Bring or plan on borrowing a water filter. We'll probably make it back to the Big Creek picnic area by noon on Sunday. If there is a consensus, we'll drive into Asheville for a meal and some of the best craft beers in the Southeast.

Required Items to Bring:
1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 2 liters of water, raingear, warm jacket, See Event Checklists ("Backpacking").
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Bring some snacks because we probably won't eat until around 1:30 pm on Sunday.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Must meet at carpool.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):400Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $160.00 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.

Because of the difficulty of the hike to the summit of Mt. Sterling, I will call every potential participant to discuss whether this is an appropriate trip for you. Let me know if you need to borrow some gear - I can probably accomodate you.
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