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Foothills Trail 77 Thru-Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Oconee State Park - FTC Terminus   Backpacking: Foothills Trail 77 Thru-Hike   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jan 14 2022  4:00 am >> Mon, Jan 17 2022 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 4:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 3 2022 11:11 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jan 12 2022 11:11 am
Event Duration:3 Days 12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D7: Extreme
Distance:77 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:2
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Are Dogs Permitted: No


Take a day or two off and come join me for a FULL MOON (Wolf Moon), self-supported, winter backpacking thru-hike of the glorious FOOTHILLS TRAIL. We'll be kicking off early Friday to get a jump on local traffic and to get the cars set for the shuttle with Taz. Once set TAZ will take us down to Oconee State Park and that is where we'll kick off  the weekend headed in a easterly direction to Table Rock State Park. Divided up into 4 uneven days to match the uneven approximate 17,500 feet of elevation and 77 miles we plan to test you to see if you got what it takes: 
FRIDAY (Day 1) :: Projected mileage 15*
SATURDAY (Day 2) :: Projected mileage 26*
SUNDAY (Day 3) :: Projected milage 25*
MONDAY (Day 4) :: Projected mileage 11*
This is in no way a beginners backpacking event; this is a challenge of many sorts + an over all test of ones daily ability on and off the trail. If you're AOC resume has a lot of D5-D6-D7 events it will be a great time, I'll probably still vet everyone just for safety concerns, but don't apply if your events tend to be in the D2-D3- D4 neigborhoods. 

DAY 1: Carpool Roll Out is 04:00!! Hauling arse from the carpool lot to TRSP and set up for the shuttle so we'll get on the trail as soon as humanly possible is critical. Pre-register your car for parking if you're not carpooling with me - THIS IS A MUST. We'll be at the gates at opening (07:00) the park is NOT going to open until 9, so you must pre-pay for parking (call TRSP for that at 864-878-9813, this is not an option). We have a rolling terrain today - but the plan is to be backpacking quckly so we reach our projected mileage goal b4 sunset (hopefully it's not that late). Gather water and gear up for a big day on Saturday! We'll get dinner rolling and get food in bearbags and stowed b4 hunkering down for the night.

DAY 2: A LONG day awaits and another early alarm will be set to get the full kick of a projected 26 mile day with weight on its way. Not exactly sure what time that alarm will go off but rest assured it will be dark & cold when we roll out. Along the way there's absolutely amazing winter scenery and finding water along the way should not be a problem. A quick lunch stop may take place in a scenic locale, but most of the snacks will be consumed on the fly. What a day...once we're setting up for the night, it will be much of the same...water gathering, inhaling calories, hanging bearbags and catching Zzz'z.

DAY 3: Well, today is another long day, an almost mirror image of the marathon effort from yesterday. The schedule will be planned according to how we're feeling as far as a wake up call, but planning another early start to be sure we get the necessary miles in. That way we we're set for a short day on Monday. A majority of the day has more elevation gain than loss, so we'll be testing our fitness for sure...and of course we'll have wiggle room today so we'll be shootin' from the hip on a lunch stop and breaks. Set up for the night will be depend on how far and how strong we're feeling, but I'd like to be sure it's less than 11 miles to get out on as we set up for sleep on the last full day we can be sure to replace those calories and get ready to hit the rack for some much needed sleep.

DAY 4: We're outta here gang! So hopefully we're set on schedule for less than a 11-miler (give or take) to Table Rock State Park and gather the other car(s) and head out. Plenty of snacks but no planned lunch stop on the trail today, just business as usual...but I will need an AB or two after kicking frozen dirt for 77 here's to the W-E thru hike of the FOOTHILLS TRAIL. Cheers!

The elevation map below Magenta Bar - Day 1. Red Bar - Day 2. Blue Bar - Day 3. Green Bar - Day 4: Each day has "estimated" miles shown...not to scale, not in stone. 


Lunch at Habanero's is a highly suggested option b4 heading home, hence the short day ;) but...we'll see how we're feeling!

*denotes approximate distances, don't get feelings hurt if we extend mileage or cut things short. There has been a couple of bridges that have been destroyed from recent storms (written up originally in Spring of '19), so water crossings are possible - having an open mind is probably a great thing.



Required Items to Bring:

Water containers (insulated)
Water treatments
Food for the entire event
Bear bag or canister
Stove system + cold weather fuel
Shoes + Socks are a plus
Tent - 4-season perhaps
Sleeping bag + mat + liner
anything you need to stay comfy in cold temps

-pre-paid parking pass for 4 calendar days!

Dry, Clean "go home" gear + bag big enuf for shoes & dirty gear
respect our drivers and their vehicles, cleanliness is next to Godliness

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Cash for Carpool and State Park parking lot fees
trekking poles
Glide/skin protectant
lithium batteries (work better in cold conditions)
crampons - Yaktrax
hand/foot warmers

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Final Terminus:

158 E Ellison Lane
Pickens, SC 29671

Just #GTS :) 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):300Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 4:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $120.00 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.


Spot tracker info can be followed here :::

Starting Friday (14Jan) around 08:00 the tracker will be active...wrapping up on Monday I am sharing my location at my MapShare website:
Password: Horhay101


#LeaveNoTrace - actually leave it cleaner than you received it! 

#WinterBackpacking #NoTICKS #NoTourists 

Bridge on Foothills Trail



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