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Backpacking in Pisgah National Forest

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Pisgah National Forest
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 2 2003  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Apr 29 2003 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Mark Craig
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Moderate to Difficult

Gear inspection/packing meeting: April 29 7:00pm @ REI atlanta (404-633-6508)

Fri day night: car camp at the small primitive sites near the parking lot.

Sat.: Backpack along ivester gap trail, along the border of shining rock wilderness. Depending on the weather; either camp at the base of tenant mountain Or on the summit of black balsam knob. There will be time for some short day hikes. Check out for more information and pictures of the area...

Sun.: break camp; hike back to cars. Drive home

Required Items to Bring:
Non-perishable, back-packable meals for Saturday (all day) and Sunday morning. Contact your leader at for more information on meals.

wind stable tent
water proof/breathable raingear
20 degree sleeping bag
Extra water
sun block

this area has an average altitude of between 5000-6000+ feet. It can and does get cold at night. The weather can change quickly. Itís not uncommon to be in or above the clouds up there. There are many treeless summits and balds, and the winds can be very strong sometimes (I have been there many times with winds around 40-50mph., and once with winds around 70-80mph. there is always at least a good breeze. This is why a wind stable tent is a requirement. I will be inspecting members gear to insure it is proper for this trip. If members are interested but donít have the proper gear it can be rented.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Camera and lots of film.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:North Carolina Meet @ Ivester Gap trailhead, located near Blue Ridge Parkway. 85N (for 91 mi.), to SR 11N (for 47 mi.), to US 178N (for 17 mi.), to US 64S (for .5 mi.), to SR 215N (for 17 mi.), to Blue Ridge Parkway North (for 4 mi.)


Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes; this will happen even if it snows

The leader will have two dogs with him. No other dogs allowed.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:There will be no charge for this event as you will be providing your own meals, and gas to get there. Some equipment can be rented if needed. Contact for rental company information)

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