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Chattahoochee River Lucky 13K Cochran Shoals Unit Fitness Hike
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, May 17 2014 10:00 am >> Sat, May 17 2014 1:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Sun, May 11 2014 7:26 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, May 17 2014 10:26 am|
|Event Duration:||3 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Grant Brown|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||20|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
I thought we could get a nice work out in three beautiful areas over at the Cochran Shoals/Columns Drive/Sope Creek Units of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Well, confession, 13 kiometers equal 8.08 miles, but we will actually hike 8.5 miles ; ) - according to last hikes gps reading. I don't carry water with me [just keep it in the car for after]. We will stop after about a third of the walk at the Columns Drive bathroom for a brief break.
Let's meet at the main parking lot pay station at the Interstate North Parkway entrance that is on the south side [I-75 side] of the river at I-285 bridge. There is a $3 daily use fee required. We will head out by 2:05. If you have trouble findig a parking space, there is another parking lot on the north side of the river too [and you get to cross the bridge to get to the other side!].
We will hike out on the main wide
trail, and then head away from the river into the backside, less-traveled
trails and head up through the kudzu to the hidden pond of Sope Creek! Okay, maybe it's not
so hidden, but lots of folks usualy haven't made it ups there. This is
intended to be a brisk paced workout. We will try to maintain a 3.5 - 4.0
mph pace for 2-3 hours. Though it is flat in places, it is about one third hill.
P.S. A lot of people ask me what
app I use for hiking. Sorry, it is an iphone only app I think, but I am sure
there is a comparable app for Android. It's called MotionX GPS. It is great
for tracking with time, distance, speed, autopause. But, it also uses open
street map and open bike map data base, so it actually shows the trails that
we hike on in it's maps - even in Cohutta Wilderness. Another key feature
that keeps me from getting lost is that you can download maps ahead of
time when you know you will be in a bad area for cell reception. Watch out,
it's about to get geeky here, your phone often loses it's cellular network
connectivity, but, when outdoors, it rarely loses its GPS signal. Cellular
signals comes form cell tower sites and GPS signals come from sattelites.
Long story longer, you will always be able to locate yourself, even in remote
wilderness on a map you've donwloaded to your phone and with the GPS
locating feature. Feel free to ask me to explain it better sometime. Last
Spring we encounterd two lost GA Tech students in Cohutta. These guys
were thirsty, hungary, and scared. They'd misread their map and gone off
trail on top of that. They were so relieved to see us and get some food and
water, and ask for directions before leaving out the next morning. They
really needed this technology! Anyway, clck here for their
|How to Get There:|
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The GPS coordiantes are: 33° 54' 6.79" N, 84° 26' 38.04" W
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