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Beginner Backpack - Appalachian Trail
|Event Location:||Byron Reece Trailhead|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Feb 18 2023 9:00 am >> Sun, Feb 19 2023 12:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Feb 15 2023 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Feb 17 2023 11:30 pm|
|Event Duration:||1 Days 3 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D3: Moderate|
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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:||2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
This is a backpack with beginners in mind. Have you wanted to try your hand at backpacking but didn't know where to start? Confused about gear or just didn't have anyone to go with? Then this is the perfect opportunity for your first backpacking experience!
The hike will begin at Byron Reece Trailhead. We will take the Byron Reece Trail, which climbs 0.7 miles where it intersects with the AT at Flatrock Gap. We will turn right and follow the AT south and climb over 1,000 feet of elevation over the next 1.3 miles where we will reach the summit of Blood Mountain. The rewarded will be one best views in Georgia. After taking in the view, we will hike down the south side of blood mountain towards our campsite at Woods Hole Shelter. This will be the backpacking portion of the event and is just under 4 total miles.
Optional Saturday Hike #2: After setting up camp, we can hike back up to Blood Mountain to watch the sunset and do a little star gazzing before we night hike back to camp.
If this is your first backpack, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
FINAL NOTE AND CONSIDERATION: While this event is open to all, it is also to encourage new backpackers (those who have yet to do a backpack event with the AOC) to come out and join us. The actual number of spots available for this backpack is 8 (and may be increased to 10 depending on interest) but the there are 4 spots reserved for new backpackers. How this works is that the actual maximum group size for this hike is 8. Until 4 new members are signed up, they will be given priority on the waitlist and moved over to the event. Once there are 4 new backpackers signed up, then registration will proceed as usual. But anyone can sign up from the start and we'll just reserve the extra spots for the new backpackers. This is a beginners backpack. Idealy, we will have individuals who have signed up who have never gone backpacking before but want to explore trails with a backpack for the first time. As some on this trip will be first time backpackers, we will move all who sign up to the waitlist first and speak to each registrant individually. After speaking with the registrants, we will move you onto the list as established above.
|How to Get There:|
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||160Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||7:00 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 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.|
THIS IS A BEGINNERS BACKPACKING EVENT, IF YOU HAVE BEEN ON AN AOC BACKPACKING EVENT PRIOR TO THIS EVENT THE TRIP LEADERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE 4 FIRST TIME BACKPACKERS PRIORITY. WE WANT TO SHARE THE LOVE OF BACKPACKING WITH MEMBERS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN BACKPACKING BEFORE, BUT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO COMPLETE AN EVENT OF THIS TYPE WITHOUT PRIOR BACKPACKING EXPERIENCE.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.