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Joyce Kilmer/Citico Creek Wilderness
|Event Location:||Bob Stratton Bald/SlickRock Creek/Citico Creek|
|Date(s) & Time:||Thu, May 16 2013 6:30 am >> Sun, May 19 2013 7:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 6:40 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Tue, Apr 16 2013 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Tue, May 14 2013 8:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||3 Days 12 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D6: Advanced (Exploratory)|
|Trip Leader(s):||Michael Johnson|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||8|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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The 2nd day we'll hike down into the Slickrock Valley, with a short detour to have lunch on top of Hangover. Total distance will be about 7 miles, but we'll descend about 3500'! Over 10 yrs ago, I wrote the following description of this valley. Thanks to Kristi for forwarding this to me.
"Come join us in the valley of the giant toads and fat bats. We camp beside gentle rapids a short distance from Wildcat Falls. In a November trip I watched a small Black Bear walk across the top of the falls and disappear quietly into the forest. During the day, you can swim, hike, read, or do just about anything you want to do. Once we set up camp, we’ll stay there until it’s time to go back to the city. At night, for the more brave hearted, you can venture from the security of the campfire and look at the glowing worms or sit beside the giant croaking toads. Also, if you walk down to the top of the waterfalls and look up at the sky at twilight, you can watch the fat bats doing their best on bug control. Don’t worry, no vampire bats here!"
The 3rd day we'll hike back up the ridge only a couple miles and camp at a former homestead and apple orchard (thanks Kristi and Debbie for bringing this site to my attention). I haven't been to this campsite, or taken this trail before, so this is the part that becomes exploratory. Because it's a short hike on this day, I don't plan on leaving the Slickrock valley very early. I love Wildcat falls in the morning, and want to enjoy as much of that valley as I can on this trip. You can do yoga, take an icy cold dip in the water, read a book, write in a journal, anything your heart desires, except be in a hurry to leave. To be fair we'll discuss departure times while down there.
The next morning we will hike the final 8.6 miles through Citico Creek in TN, back out to the trail head.
If you haven't done D6 backpacking trips with me, I will need a way to find out your fitness level and your experience. This will not be a race, from my point of view, but to avoid injury or lack of time spent near each of our base camps, it's mandatory, that you are experienced in mountain backpacking. Thanks for your cooperation in advance.
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|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||282Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||6:40 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $112.80 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.|
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