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AT NC Slackpack

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Standing Indian Campground Backcountry Parking Lot
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Mar 1 2024  10:00 am >> Sun, Mar 10 2024 6:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Jul 9 2023 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 1 2024 10:00 am
Event Duration:9 Days 7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:90 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary 'L'
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Member Cost:$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The plan is to "hostel hop" the section starting just after the Georgia border and running to the beginning of the Smokys. 

We will stay indoors each night at a hostel but we need to carry whatever we need for the week in our large daypack.  We will move from hostel to hostel and need to hike with everything we need (except in some cases where we will have a two-night hostel stay).  Guest laundry and hostel loaner clothes most every night will minimize the need for extra clothes.  We will sleep in coed hostel bunkrooms to save on cost but feel free to upgrade to a private room if that is your style and budget.

We will finish in the Fontana Dam area.

Highlights in order along the way:

Standing Indian Mountain overlook

Albert Mountain and Tower

Siler Bald open summit

Wayah Bald and Tower

Wesser Bald and Tower

Nantahala Outdoor Center and the Nantahala Gorge

Cheaoh Bald overlook

Jacob's Ladder climb

Fontana Lake and Dam

Mollies Ridge of the Smokys

Generally, each day will be a D4 or D5 but we might do a D6.  Nine consecutive days of this without an off day warrants the D6 rating.

Water crossings are minor and will not require water shoes.

Required Items to Bring:

Along with your usual daypack gear, you will want to include a toiletries kit and a lightweight quilt or blanket in case you sleep colder than the rest of the crew.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

My 9.5 pound dayapck included the normal daypack items of:

first aid kit

water filtration

trail snacks/sandwich

My overnight items included:


charger for phone, watch, and ear pods

ultralight quilt

My layers incuded:

mid-layer fleece jacket

puffy jacket

full rain suit


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will use the long-term backcountry parking in the back of the Standing Indian Campground near the Backcountry Information Center kiosk.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$25.00/Person
Cost Includes:

$25 is the fee for the AOC.

Our daily cost should be less than $100 for lodging, meals, and shuttles.

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, Mar 1 2024.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Registration for this event opens at 7/9/2023 7:00:00 AM