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The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Hightower Gap to Three Forks, Appalachian Trail near Suches, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 19 2007, Sun, May 20 2007  8:45 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 17 2007 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D3: 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:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Moderate 4.2 miles each way.

We will hike South on the Appalachian Trail from Hightower Gap to the Three Forks camping area, which is about 4 miles. The hike starts with a moderate upward grade for the first mile or so. From then there are no significant elevation changes until near our destination, where the trail descends moderately for about half a mile. We should get to Three Forks before 3 pm and will spend some time exploring this beautiful area with its creeks and waterfalls. The next day we will strike our tents and return to Hightower Gap. We should be back in Atlanta not later than 4pm Sunday.

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Don’t forget to bring sleeping bag, tent, mattress, cooking utensils, picnic lunch for Saturday, food for dinner on Saturday night and breakfast and lunch on Sunday (lunch should be cold), stove, and at least one quart of water. I will bring filtration equipment to treat water.

This event is suitable for a beginning backpacker. I have a spare tent, stove and other equipment that I can lend.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Meet at carpool ONLY. From downtown Atlanta drive north on GA 400 to Exit 8. Take a left on Mansell Road, and the first left into the parking lot. If you got to the next light you went too far.


Are Dogs Permitted? No.

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes, unless the rain is very heavy. In case of rain we can sleep at the Hawk Mountain Shelter, which is 1 mile from Hightower Gap.

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Cost Includes:Share gas costs with carpool driver (one way distance is about 85 miles).

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