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Appalachian Trail Series - Hike 4


The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 8 2006  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 6 2006 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Steven Koonce
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:8
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Moderate - Strenuous - 7.0 mile hike

Try out all of your new cold weather gear you got for Christmas and donít spend all winter cooped up inside. January can be a great time to hike especially if you like to keep moving. The Appalachian Trail is the most famous hiking trial in the United States and was the model for other extended trails such as the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails. For those that have not hiked the Georgia AT or similar mountain trails, it is not like hiking on the trails within one hour of Atlanta. Itís rocky, itís muddy, you go up and you go down, with 500 to 1000 foot elevation changes not uncommon. We are not going to ďjogĒ the trail, but we are going to go at a moderately fast pace. Trust me this time of year you will want to keep moving and not stop for long periods.

For the fourth hike we are going to back to Neels Gap and hike an approximately 7-mile stretch to Hogpen Gap. This is a very scenic stretch of the trail and I have personally seen the Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta skyline from one overlook on this section. This is obviously the time of year for seeing long distances so hopefully we can have views.

We are going to do fairly easy car shuttle for this hike. Everyone will drive up to Hogpen Gap. From here half the cars will drive to the starting point at Neels Gap. We when we finish the hike, we will have some of the cars left at Hogpen gap to drive back to Neels Gap. All of the shuttle is on paved roads.

NOTE: Newcomers to the AOC and hiking are welcome and most do well. However it is not for everyone. Some reasonable questions to ask yourself are: Have you hike done a six mile plus hike in the last year with at least a 500 foot elevation gain? Are you usually in the front group on shorter hikes? Do you have real hiking boots? Do you regularly participate in strenuous activities (running, mountain biking, etc.)? Please be honest with yourself and e-mail the trip leader if you are unsure.

Required Items to Bring:
2 liters or quarts of water
Trail food/lunch
Hiking boots or shoes
Dress in layers
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Camera
Hat and gloves
Change of shoes for drive back
Emergency rain gear (even if it is clear day with a 20 percent chance of rain)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Vogel State Park, GA 10:00 AM Hogpen Gap parking lot on GA 348 Will be provided at the Park and Ride location

Notes:

Are Dogs Permitted? No.

Will this event occur rain or shine? No, Weather conditions can be tricky in January. We will avoid driving in snow or ice.

NOTE: Please be considerate of others. If you sign-up and cannot attend, please e-mail the trip leader, so others that may be on a waiting list may attend.

E-mail the trip leader to be put on a waiting list if the trip is at the max number of attendees.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:Shared gas expenses paid to your driver if you carpool ($5-$7)
Parking fee of $2-$3

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