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Tentless Backpacking

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Standing Indian
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 22 2005  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 20 2005 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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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: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


From Standing Indian we will go up 2 miles on Long Branch trail, until we reach the Appalachian trail. We will then walk 2.8 miles south on the AT until we reach Big Spring shelter, where we will spend the night. The next day we will continue another 0.6 miles south on the AT to the summit of Albert mountain (elev. 5,250 feet). Summit has a fire tower and a magnificent view. After reaching the summit we will retrace our steps and go north approximately 0.3 miles and then walk about 1 mile on a connecting trail, until we reach Bearpen Trail, which descends 2.5 miles to USFS 67, 3.2 miles from Standing Indian.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Don’t forget to bring sleeping bag, mattress, cooking utensils, stove, at least one quart of water, and warm clothing. A tent will not be necessary, since we will sleep in a shelter. I will bring filtration equipment to treat water. Bring food to make a hot dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Lunch should be a cold meal.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:North Carolina 2:00pm at the Long Branch trail head near the Standing Indian campground. From the Park and Ride go north on I 85, and take the I 985 exit. I 985 becomes GA 365/US 23, which then merges with US 441. Proceed on US 441 until Franklin, NC (the driving distance from downtown Atlanta is 130 miles). Turn left (West) onto US 64 and proceed 10 miles until S.R. 1448 (Old US 64), which is on Wallace Gap, at the bottom of a steep grade. Turn left onto Old US 64 and follow the signs to the campground. The trail head is on paved USFS 67, about 1.5 miles South of Wallace Gap.


Are Dogs Permitted? No.

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes.

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Cost Includes:Free however please share gas costs with carpool driver.

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