^^ Summit GAs Highest Peaks: BONUS - Dicks Knob (4620) ^^ - Sat, Mar 30 2013

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^^ Summit GAs Highest Peaks: BONUS - Dicks Knob (4620) ^^


The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Southern Nantahala Wilderness   Hike: ^^ Summit GAs Highest Peaks: BONUS - Dicks Knob (4620) ^^  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 30 2013  8:00 am >> Sat, Mar 30 2013 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 25 2013 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 29 2013 12:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:9 Miles
Pace:Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Mark
Aaron
Mike Pawloski
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Itinerary:

The North Georgia mountains may not be the Himalayas or the Rockies, but do offer many opportunties for challenging and exciting hikes to outstanding scenic views.  For this series, we are summiting the 20 highest peaks in Georgia.  (For more info on the criteria used, click here.)

The "other" #3 - Dick's Knob
 

Standing 4,620' above sea level with 200' of prominence, Dick's Knob is Georgia's "other" 3rd highest peak.  "Other" because we are using a 300 ft prominence rule in the series this year, and Dick's Knob has only 200 ft of prominence - otherwise it would be number 3.  However, since this is one of the very highest peaks in the state, we thought we would include it as a bonus peak.

The route to Dick's Knob will start from the Tate Branch Campground on the Tallulah River Rd (also called Tate City Rd).  There are no trails that go to Dick's Knob, so this hike will involve an extensive amount of "off-trail" hiking - that is, hiking in its most pure form.  We will get there by means of some very steep hills, ridgelines, old logging roads, animal trails, and possibly a few worn paths.  I expect the distance of the hike to be from 8 to 9 miles in length, and approximately 2,600+ feet of ascent.  The initial portion of the hike will gain approximately 900 feet of elevation in just over a half mile; that's about one and a half times the height of Stone Mountain, in only half the distance of the walkup trail, if that helps to put things in perspective.

 

Note: this is an explorer event.  Your trip leaders have not completed this hike, but will have all the necessary tools and expertise to find our way to Dick's Knob, and find our way back.  What we encounter along the way is a bit of an unknown, which is what makes this type of event FUN.  If you're into going places where not many have been and taking routes that haven't been taken, then this hike will be 'up your alley'.  If you don't enjoy some unknowns, then you shouldn't sign up.


Required Items to Bring:
  • Water or sports drink (2.5 liters minimum)
  • Lunch and snacks to keep energy levels up for a 6 hour hike
  • Sturdy Hiking shoes/boots (tennis/athletic shoes are NOT appropriate)
  • Gloves (leather is preferable - these are NOT to keep your hands warm)
  • Dress in layers - long pants/shirt sleeves recommended
  • A positive and flexible mindset - yep, it's a requirement.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes for the ride home... it's highly probable that you will get dirty.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet to begin the event at the entrance to the Tate Campround, which is the second campground after the Tallulah River Rd becomes gravel.  Coordinates of the campground entrance are:  N 34 57.326' W 83 33.159'

 

The carpool coordinator will have detailed directions to the event.  If you would like a map with directions ahead of time, you can paste the above coordinates into Google Maps.

 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):204Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $81.60 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.

Notes:
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