Come join your THOG Friends on this early Spring backpacking adventure on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina!
Known for sweeping views and an impressive array of wildlife, Grandfather Mountain is one of the most wonder-filled places in the Southeast!
On this challenging backpacking and hiking adventure we will encounter rugged steep terrain, wonderful overlooks, and the climbing up rock faces with the aid of pre-positioned ladders!
BE WARNED! This backpack and hike is EXTREMELY strenuous and requires much stamina and coordination. If you are afraid of climbing on wooden ladders or afraid of heights this adventure may not be for you!
Saturday April 6, 2013 - We will meet in the Chapel Hill area at 7:00am with exact location supplied via email to participants. From the carpooling location, we will drive out to the area of Grandfather Mountain where we will begin our backpack along the Profile Trail for 3.1 miles to the junction with the Grandfather Trail. From that junction we will backpack an additional[masked] to where we will set up camp. Our camping area will be less than 1 mile from MacRae Peak where if the weather is favorable, we will be on summit for a possible spectacular sunset! Be sure to bring a working headlamp with an extra set a batteries as nighttime will be upon us. From MacRae Peak, we will hike back down to our campsite for the night. Sorry, NO campfires are permitted on the higher elevations of Grandfather Mountain.
Sunday April 7, 2013 - On Sunday morning, we will get an early start and once again head up to the summit of MacRae Peak to catch the chance for a spectacular sunrise!(weather permitting) Be sure to bring your breakfast as we enjoy this sunrise so an extra daypack is recommended. After breakfast we will hike the additional extremely strenuous mile or so to make it to the Mile High Swinging Bridge where a visitors center with restrooms, snacks, and souvenirs awaits. After enjoying the area near the Mile High Swinging Bridge, we will backtrack up and across MacRae Peak and back down to our campsite and pack up for our journey back down to NC 105 via the Grandfather and Profile Trails.
To be eligible for this event you must:
- Be in an experienced backpacker in very good physical condition.
- Be prepared for over 2100' elevation gain on the 3.1 mile Profile Trail with additional very steep and rocky ups and downs along the Grandfather Trail.
- Be able to maintain an average backpacking/hiking pace of near 2 MPH and adequately stay with the rest of the group.
- Be willing and able to climb up and down fastened wooden ladders at locations.
- Be fully geared (which includes backpack, food, water, water filter or water purifying chemicals, tent, sleeping bag, extra clothes, rain gear, bear bag with rope, etc...)
- Be willing and able to hang all food to keep it from the bears and other animals.
- Be willing to carry your cell phone with you at all times in event of an emergency.
- Be willing to sign a THOG waiver a liability.
- Be responsible and only sign up if you are sure this event is for you and you have the necessary time available to attend.
- Be responsible for all your food, water, water filtration, and camping gear.
- Bring rain gear as this event will proceed rain or shine.
- Bring a workable headlamp with an extra set of fresh batteries.
- Be able to backpack 10 miles over the 2 day period with the additional hiking of approximately an additional 5 extremely strenuous miles.
- Be able and willing to hike in the dark to catch potential sunset and sunrise.
- Be willing to reply to sent e-mails within 12 hrs of their issuance.
- All camping is free of charge and will be primitive type without toilets and showers. Again, no campfires will be permitted.
Sleeping Bag -
- Your sleeping bag should be rated for colder weather conditions. A sleeping bag rated down to 30 degrees or colder will be necessary. Even if your sleeping bag is rated at 30 or even 15 degrees extra warm clothes should be brought along as it will be most definitely be chilly at times of sunset and sunrise.
- A carpool location in the Chapel Hill area will be chosen at a later date and will be supplied via email.
- Please split the cost of fuel with your driver.
Drive time -
- Drive time from the Chapel Hill area to the Profile Trail @ NC 105 is approximately 171 miles or 2hr. 49 minutes.
- Please expect to be back in the Chapel Hill area around 11pm or so on the 7th.
- Weather updates will be issued as the event nears but this event will proceed rain or shine. Presently, the forecast is calling for a low risk of precipitation and highs in low 50's and lows in the 30's.
- When you RSVP, please answer the series of supplied questions. Sorry, but your RSVP will be removed if the questions are not answered or ignored.
- *** IMPORTANT NOTE: It is recommended to RSVP with a laptop or home type computer. Some smartphone apps. will not display the RSVP questions.***
As always, if you should have any questions, please email me directly from my profile page @ http://www.meetup.com/Adventures/members/8448964/?a=viewBioRsvpList_control2