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COMING SOON... Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap and back!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Byron Herbert Reese Parking   Hike: COMING SOON... Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap and back!  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 27 2011  9:30 am >> Sat, Aug 27 2011 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 15 2011 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 26 2011 11:59 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:15.2 Miles
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We will begin at the Byron Reece parking area and walk the .6 miles along the road to get to Neels Gap (3109') and the Walasi-Yi Center...the only building on the entire AT that the trail actually passes through.

From there, we will step back onto the AT, headed east and entering the Raven Cliffs Wilderness. We start off with the biggest climb of the day...up about 800' over 1.5 miles to Levelland Mtn (3942'). From there we descend to Swaim Gap and a number of smaller climbs and rolling terrain will eventually take us to Cowrock Mtn (3842') at about 4.7 mi. We will take a long break here to enjoy the views before decending about 700ft to Tesnatee Gap (3138') at 5.5 mi.

Before proceeding to Hogpen Gap, we will take the Whitley Gap side trail .3 mi to Wildcat Mtn (3760') and have lunch here while enjoying the views. Then we will proceed to Hogpen Gap and turn around and retrace our steps on the AT back to Neels Gap...another .6 miles to the cars and then headed home.

Mileage breakdown:
- Parking to Neels Gap: .6 mi
- Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap: 6.4 mi
- Whitley Gap trail to Wildcat Mtn (r/t): 1.2 mi
- Hogpen Gap to Neels Gap: 6.4 mi
- Neels Gap to parking: .6 mi

Total distance: ~15.2 mi.
Total ascent: ~4000+ feet.

*Thanks Tony C for the hike information!

Required Items to Bring:
Hiking acouterments to be on the trail for 8 hours, food, and rain gear please.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:I will provide directions at the car pool!
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):135Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $54.00 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.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
*Note: I really don't like to cancel hikes and would be motivated to hike this even in the rain.