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Overnight Backpacking

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Springer Mountain
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 23 2006  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Sep 19 2006 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:7
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Itinerary: We will travel over Forest Service roads to reach the trailhead north of Springer Mountain, where we will park (no fee required). We hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail south to Big Stamp Gap, over Ball Mountain and on to Springer Mountain, about 2.6 miles. This is the southern terminus of both the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trails. We plan to camp near the AT shelter on Springer Mountain. There is a chance that other backpackers will be staying at the shelter or near our campsite, if so we can socialize. On Sunday morning we will hike north on the Appalachian Trail back to the trailhead, about 1 mile. The pace will be deliberate, since I will be leading and carrying my own pack. We plan to have fun! You are responsible for all your food, water and equipment. There is a spring at Springer Mountain, but the water must be treated. We should be home by mid-afternoon Sunday.

Required Items to Bring:
See AOC comments on backpacking.

Insect repellent

If you want a general backpacking gear checklist, e-mail a request to me at my address above.

If you need an item you don’t have, let me know, as I may be able to provide or suggest an alternative.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Appalachian Trail (AT) Meet at carpool location ONLY, due to limited parking at the trailhead. From Atlanta take GA 400 north. Take the Mansell Road exit and turn left. Cross under GA 400 and turn left just before the 400 south on-ramp.


E-mail is the primary means of contact with me. Please ensure that you provide a valid address that works 24/7 when you sign up.

If severe weather causes me to cancel, I will make the weather decision at 7:00pm on Friday night (Sep 22) and notify all by e-mail.

Be prepared for various weather conditions. It is cooler at 3,872 feet.

There are privy toilet facilities at Springer Mt.

No dogs

Liability releases are required by AOC.

E-mail the trip leader to be put on a waiting list if the trip is at the max number of attendees.

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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:Free

Gas money for drivers (It is 65 miles one-way to the trailhead from the Park-and-ride)

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