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Cabin Overnight with Hiking on the BMT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Blue Ridge, GA   Hike: Cabin Overnight with Hiking on the BMT  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 28 2013  9:45 am >> Sun, Sep 29 2013 10:00 am  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 11 2013 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 20 2013 9:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:13
Minimum Group Size:5
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.


Debbie Hayes has offered to share her A-frame cabin in Blue Ridge with some enthusiastic AOC members.  Yay Debbie!!!!  So here is the plan:

On Saturday:  We'll meet at 8AM at the Chastain Park and Ride and then we will carpool to the the trailhead for a hike on the Benton McKaye. 

The hike:  We are hiking on the Benton McKaye from Hwy 60 to Wallhallah Mountain and then return to Hwy 60.  This is a total of 4 miles.  We will then cross Hwy 60 to continue the hike to the swinging suspension bridge on the Toccoa River.  We will then return the way we came for a total of 7.2 miles.  The entire hike is 11.2 miles.  This is a difficult, strenuous hike.  This hike may take a total of six hours depending on the speed of the group.

After the hike, we will spend the night at Debbie's A-frame in Blue Ridge (bathroom included).  There will be a community dinner along with fun, games, and hopefully a bonfire at her place (respectable distance from the cabin).

On Sunday:  After a 'hearty' breakfast, we'll carpool back to Chastain.

Required Items to Bring:

1. Daypack, lunch/snacks, hydration, hiking boots, bugstuff.

2. Food for dinner.  (We'll work out a shared plan once the attendee list is set.)

3. Food for breakfast.  (We'll work out a shared plan once the attendee list is set.)

4. When you sign up, please send an email stating whether you will tent or stay in the cabin.  This is first come/first serve.

5. Two tents with two occupants each will be allowed on the property (first come/first serve - let us know when you sign up).  Bring your own gear.

6. Everyone else staying in the house should bring pillow, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, towels, change of clothes.  There are some beds, but you are not guaranteed a bed or a private room.  Be ready to share space.  We won't be in like sardines, but it will be cozy.

7. Please don't ask for special arrangements, everyone is spending the night at Debbie's - and if this doesn't work for you, then please don't sign up.

8. There is limited parking at Debbie's; please plan on carpooling.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles.

Rain gear.

Positive attitude and sense of adventure.

A big thank you to Debbie!!!!!

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions to Debbie's place will be provided from the trailhead.  It is advisable to have a vehicle with reasonable ground clearance.  Directions to the trailhead will be provided at the park and ride.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):185Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $74.00 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.

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

Cost Includes:

There is no cost.  Debbie has graciously offered her cabin for our use.  Debbie will be in attendance.

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