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2022-10-22 GSMNP-007 Charlies Bunion, The Jumpoff & Clingmans Dome
|Event Location:||Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Newfound Gap Parking Lot|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Oct 22 2022 9:00 am >> Sat, Oct 22 2022 3:30 pm (Carpool Departure: 5:45 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Aug 1 2022 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Oct 21 2022 6:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||Approx. 6.5 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Bill Wey|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||8|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
<<< Charlies Bunion & The Jumpoff >>>
Both of these destinations offer spectacular views. Although it is close to vertical, the Jumpoff is surrounded with vegetation, but not so at Charlies Bunion. It is as steep as the Jumpoff, but it is mostly bare rock. The two places are only a little over a mile apart, and each can be seen from the other. Please notice the spur trail to Jumpoff is steep, rocky, and eroded.
We will meet and start from the Newfound Gap parking lot. We will hike to the jumpoff first and take a break for snack, water, and beautiful views. Then we will hike to Charlies Bunion for our lunch break before going back to our parking lot.
<<< Clingmans Dome >>>
We’ll take a short drive from the Newfound Gap parking lot to the Clingmans Dome parking lot, and then hike to Clingmans Dome. This is the highest point in the GSMNP park and the entire Appalachian Trail.
The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. Our duration time is an estimate, and we need to have some flexibility.
<<< Important Notes >>>
Please only register if you are comfortable going long distance at a pace averaging 2.5 mph in the remote mountains environment, and have solid D5 experience. A good reference is you can easily finish my Kennesaw 10 hike in 4 hours.
If your experience is not from the club, please include it in a note, or email TL; otherwise you’ll be moved to waiting list for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of our event.
|How to Get There:|
1) Take I-85 North about 18 miles to Exit #113, I-985 North. (The Indian Trail Park/Ride Lot at Exit #101).
NOTE: In lieu of using the above simplified directions from NE Atlanta you can enter "Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 1194 Newfound Gap Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719" as your destination and use Google.com/Maps for detailed directions from any point of origin.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||322Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||5:45 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $128.80 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.|
1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.
2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.
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