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State Highpoints - Clingmans Dome, TN

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Newfound Gap   Backpacking: State Highpoints - Clingmans Dome, TN  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 7 2013  7:30 am >> Sun, Dec 8 2013 7:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Oct 1 2013 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Dec 2 2013 7:30 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:15 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
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.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Wintertime in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee; gone are the streams of tourists as side roads are closed --- and time for us to take on the State Highpoint of Tennessee: Clingmans Dome!

Starting on Saturday morning, we will be departing from Newfound Gap parking lot and follow the AT southwards for about 8 miles to the visitor platform on top of Clingmans Dome. After the mandetory summit pictures and Andy's famous victory dance, we will continue to our overnight shelter (either at Double Spring Gap or Mount Collins), bringing the day's total hiking distance to 10 or 11 miles. Please remember that it might not sound like a lot but the seasonal conditions can be quite harsh up there in December, so be prepared!

After a restful night in winter wonderland, we will be returning to our cars on Sunday morning (5 to 10 miles depending on the location of the shelter where we can get reservations).

Required Items to Bring:

The usual for a winter backpacking trip -- if I have to tell you what to bring, please do not be signing up. We will be staying at one of the shelters. These are open wooden structures but offer little extra comfort. 

I will bring a white-gas stove (please be aware that regular gas stoves will likely fail in cold weather conditions), so we can all boil water for dinner, hot drinks, etc.)


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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):340Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $136.00 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.

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Cost Includes:

No pre-payment is required for this trip. However, there is a $4 per person backcountry camping fee.

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