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NC Mountains: Roll the Turkey up Standing Indian

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Tallulah and Nantahala Wilderness Areas
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Nov 25 2011  10:00 am >> Fri, Nov 25 2011 7:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Oct 26 2011 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Nov 23 2011 12:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Have you eaten too much Turkey yesterday? Are you in search of some solitude after a crazy day with family? Interested in (possibly) playing in the snow? Then this hike to the summit of Standing Indian is for YOU!

We start out just north of Tate City, at about 2,900 feet.  We take the Beech Creek trail up to Case Knife Gap.  From there, we do a very steep bushwack straight up the side of the mountain to the AT, which will take us to Standing Indian at 5,500 feet.  Then it's down the AT to Deep Gap.  There we pick up the Deep Gap trail, which goes along a stream back to where we started.

As usual, the faster hikers can go ahead.  However, we will gather as a group in three spots; Case Knife Gap, Standing Indian and Deep Gap.  That way, we won't get too strung out for the whole hike.

IMPORTANT: This is a strenuous 10 mile loop hike. If you have not yet been on a D-5 hike, do not sign up unless you first contact one of the trip leaders.

After the hike, we will stop for dinner in Clayton.

Required Items to Bring:
  • two liters water or sports drink
  • hiking boots
  • non-cotton clothes in layers (please remember: cotton kills!) 
  • insulated jacket (down/synthetic) to stay warm during breaks 
  • hat and gloves
  • poncho (just in case…)
  • snacks and lunch / the trip leader will bring his stove for hot water, so we can enjoy a warm drink - bring a pack of instant soup, tea, or chocolate and your own mug!
  • cash for gas (for your carpool driver) 
  • cash or credit card for dinner
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • hiking poles
  • gaitors (if snow on the ground)
  • camera
  • binoculars
  • GPS

How to Get There:
Event Directions:85 N to 985 N to 23/365 N to 23/441 N this will take us into Clayton GA. We will make a pit stop, which will be at the Clayton Burger King, which will be on your right. In Clayton turn left onto 76 W, travel about 15 minutes. Right onto Persimmon, left onto Tallulah road , travel about 20 minutes, or until the road ends.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.00 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.


I want to extend all due credit to Dean, who leads this hike a lot, and taught it to everyone.

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