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Standing Indian - The Platinum Package

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Tate City   Hike: Standing Indian - The Platinum Package  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 7 2015  6:15 am >> Sat, Feb 7 2015 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Jan 23 2015 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Feb 4 2015 12:00 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:18 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:2
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This hike includes the standard Standing Indian, but with all the bells and whistles.  Think of it as the Standing Indian hike with premium sound and chrome rims. 

We will start at the main trailhead just north of Tate City (El. 2,900) and climb to Knife Case Gap (El. 4,740) over the course of 2.5-miles.  From Knife Case Gap we will kinda bushwhack a half-mile to the AT (the AOC has been here so many times, it's almost a real trail).

We will follow the AT for about a mile north to the side trail that will take us to the summit of Standing Indian (Elevation 5,499).  The side trail will be on the left and is easily missed going in either direction.  If you find yourself going downhill after a while, you've gone too far.  Standing Indian will be our lunch venue.

After lunch we will continue north along the AT towards Deep Gap (El 4,341) before we continue (generally) southwest on the less traveled portion of the AT towards Bly Gap (El 3,824).  In case you're worried, there's a few nice little climbs in between to keep your heart rate up.

Beyond Bly Gap, we will continue to Blue Ridge Gap (El. 3,050) where we will leave the AT, take a left, and follow trails that follow Flat Branch Creek and Charlies Creek for 3.5-miles to Tallulah Campground (El. 2,286).

This hike involves a shuttle (about 5-miles).  It also involves a wide creek crossing at the very end (it's called Tallulah River, but it's wide and shallow). We will leave one vehicle at the Tallulah Campground on our way to the trailhead.  We can also leave water shoes (if you use those sorts of things) at that one vehicle.  We'll probably be able to recruit someone willing to cross barefoot to retrieve them.

After the hike, we will might stop for dinner in Clayton (Mama G's or Universal Joint).

This is a strenuous 18+ mile hike with ~5,000-feet of elevation gain and is intended for advanced hikers only. Please do not sign up unless you have done a D5 before. 

Required Items to Bring:

- Three to four liters of water or sport drink

- Hiking boots

- Water Shoes

- Head lamp (just in case)

- Snacks and lunch

- Cash for gas and dinner

- Rain gear

- Extra clothes for ride home

- Funny jokes (just in case)

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

- hiking poles

- gaitors 

- camera / GPS

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

85 N to 985 N to 23/365 N to 23/441 N this will take us into Clayton GA. We will make a pit stop, which will be at the Clayton Burger King, which will be on your right. In Clayton turn left onto 76 W, travel about 15 minutes. Right onto Persimmon, left onto Tallulah road , travel about 15 minutes.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.00 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.


The trip leader reserves the right to remove hikers from the sign-up list who do not have the proper experience and/or fitness to attend this trip.  

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