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Linville Gorge Wilderness (Backpacking)

  • Nov 9, 2012 · 2:00 PM

The Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, also known as the Grand Canyon of the East, is one of the wildest, most rugged gorges in the eastern United States. It’s also an outdoor paradise for hikers and backpackers.

Elevations in the Gorge range from 1,300 feet on the Linville River to 4,120 feet on Gingercake Mountain. The terrain is extremely steep and rugged with numerous rock formations, and is covered by a dense mixed forest of hardwood, pine and a wide variety of smaller trees and plants. The steep walls of the Gorge enclose the Linville River for nearly 12 miles as it descends roughly 1,900 feet before breaking into the open levels of the Catawba Valley.

(Photo taken from T-shirt point along the Rock Jock Trail)


On this trip, our journey will begin on the Western side of the Gorge.  We will take the very primitive Rock Jock trail along the western rim of Linville Gorge stopping by various scenic overlooks along our way.  Linking up with the the Conley Cove Trail, we will plunge over 1000ft into the heart of the gorge to the Linville River.  Once at the river, we will head north along the Linville Gorge Trail and camp Saturday night near the Old Sandy Flats Trail Head.  Sunday morning we will continue our trek north to Babel Tower where we will stop for lunch and scramble up the tower to enjoy 360 panoramic views.  After lunch, we will continue north to the Cabin Trail where we will climb out nearly 1000ft in 3/4 of a mile to exit the Gorge to our vehicle.  All trails on this hike are rated VERY STRENUOUS! Total elevation gain will exceed 4500ft for this trip.  Some points of interest we will enjoy on this trip include Tshirt Point, Sunshine Point, Zen Point, Bluejay Falls, Cath Falls, Spence Ridge Footbridge, Babel Tower, and many many more!

Friday night we will car camp near the Cabin Trailhead and enjoy a sunrise from Wisemans's View Saturday morning before we begin our journey.

LEADER APPROVAL IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. When you RSVP you will immediately be moved to the waiting list and once approved, manually added the status of "Going"  (Linville Gorge is extremely rugged terrain and trails are steep and very strenuous making them challenging with or without the added weight of a backpack.  This is NOT the place for beginning backpackers!)  Cold weather experience and gear is required to attend this trip.  Approval to attend this trip is at the sole discretion of the organizer.
RSVP's will be limited to not more than 6 participants due to camping locations being very limited in space.


To be eligible for this event you must:

* Be in very good physical condition and be able to backpack under changing mountain conditions and terrain.

* Have attended at THOG backpacking trip or be able to provide details of a trip similar in nature.

* You must have a sleeping bag rated to 32 degrees minimum (25 or below recommended) as temperatures in November could reach freezing levels or below after sunset.  A sleeping pad rated for 3-4 season use is also highly recommended.

* Have all the necessary camping gear which include but are not limited to tent, sleeping bag, pad, hat and gloves, stove,  and be responsible for your food and water.  Trekking Poles are HIGHLY encouraged due to terrain.

* Bring rain gear as this event will proceed rain/snow or shine!  (Unless there is a monsoon or blizzard in the forecast).

* Are able to Backpack up to 8 or more miles a day in very steep and rugged conditions.

* A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND THIRST FOR ADVENTURE!

Carpooling

A location will be chosen and emailed to participants at a later date.  Please be prepared to split the cost of gas with your driver.  Drive time to Linville Gorge is approximately 4 hours each way.  We need a minimum of two vehicles for this trip as we need to shuttle to the Trailheads.

Expect to be back in the Triangle between 9 and 10pm on November 11th.

RSVP -
- 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.***
If you have any questions, please email me directly.


HAPPY TRAILS!
Casey M.

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  • Larredo

    Thanks Casey for an incredible Linville Gorge trip! Fantastic views, lots of laughs and good times with my friends, one hell of a campfire, and superb weather! ...and Bluejay Falls, best waterfall (trickle) in the gorge!

    November 12, 2012

  • Casey M

    Wow! Thanks to such an amazing group that made this trip one for the books! Lot's of laughs, views, FIRE, and unanticipated superb weather! Don't forget, the East Side of the Gorge is next!

    November 12, 2012

  • Carol R

    Thanks to Casey for showing us some of the best of Linville Gorge. Thanks to Steve D for showing us how to get the most out of one's wood,Megan for giving us 50 on a rock pinnacle,John D for his spectacular leaps and bounds,Grace for her well... grace , Larredo for securing the fire ring, and to Steve for letting me be a slow poke in the rear:-)The trip was a smashing good time!!

    November 12, 2012

  • Steve D

    Awesome everything! Weather, people, views, trails,it was all awesome.

    November 12, 2012

  • Steve T

    Looks like the weather is going to be excellent this weekend. Hope you have a great time. Wish I could be with you all.

    November 7, 2012

    • Steve T

      Last class is this Saturday - then I cram for certification exam.

      November 8, 2012

    • Casey M

      Great, good luck my friend and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

      November 8, 2012

  • Larredo

    If anyone is leaving in the afternoon and wants to put a carpool together let me know. I can drive or ride. Post it or whatever.Thanks.

    November 7, 2012

  • Steve D

    I know my down bag is losing it's loft after almost 20 years of use, and the last cold weather trip was 12 degrees in Elsworth, Kansas, so I slept in the garage last night to test it out. Besides a curious neighbor cat wondering into the garage to sniff my face and say "WTH you doin'?", (we're friends), I slept well.

    November 6, 2012

  • Carol R

    Steve and I will probably leave around lunchtime on Friday. I am just working in the morning.

    November 5, 2012

    • Casey M

      Carol, I will get your number before we leave so I can let you know where to look for camp and where we decide to day hike.

      November 5, 2012

  • Casey M

    John, Steve, and I will be heading up sometime Friday morning to scope out camp and get a day hike in. I have room for one more if anyone else is available to leave then.

    November 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Requesting approval to be the 5th member of the Waterfall Expedition Reunion

    November 4, 2012

    • Casey M

      You bet JD. I'd say it will happen sometime in December or January!

      November 4, 2012

  • Casey M

    5 day weather forecast is looking SWEET! Friday and Saturday zero chance of precipitation, highs in the mid 50's with low's in the mid 30's!

    November 4, 2012

    • Casey M

      AND CLEAR SUNNY SKIES!

      1 · November 4, 2012

  • Casey M

    Steve, let's get enough fire wood for a NICE fire Friday night. If it ends up being you and I driving up early Friday we can fill most of the trunk and put gear in the back seat...or if there are 3 of us we'll just fill all the empty spaces with wood!

    November 1, 2012

    • Steve D

      I'll throw a pile in the back of the truck. We will have plenty of room. For surf-n-turf we filled the excess space in Loye's Soul with wood, (tarp underneath to mitigate dirt), and had a sweet fire for two days for the group. We won't need a lot......unless you want a blaze that will dry paint from 20 feet.

      November 1, 2012

  • Casey M

    Depending on how things work out I plan to go up pretty early to scope out a camping spot for Friday night and get a day hike in. I'm off work Friday so I can leave as early as anyone who wants to go with me.

    November 1, 2012

  • Steve D

    I'm flexible on when I can leave. I have a full size truck that hauls three comfortably, and can shuttle the entire group if need be at the end of the hike. The gear will not be out of the weather as my bed has no cover, other than a tarp. Mr. Organizer, your call. I can carpool or be a carpooler, but I am a gas hog.

    November 1, 2012

  • Larredo

    I can't leave til after 4:30. I can drive myself or carpool. Either way is fine with me.

    November 1, 2012

  • meagan

    Have to work till 430 Friday so Ill meet you guys there, let me know if anyone else wants to leave after 5pm.

    November 1, 2012

    • Steve D

      I may be game, just to give you someone to get lost with.

      November 1, 2012

  • Jenna 'Polles' G.

    Hey! I won't be able to attend this hike, and it sounds like your agenda is going to be pretty full, but my husband and I went to Linville Gorge a couple weeks ago and it was amazing! If you have 4 wheel drive vehicles, I highly recommend the treacherous drive up to Wiseman's view overlooking the gorge, with great views of Hawksbill and Table Rock Mtns. Also the Linville Gorge trail (splits with the Plunge Basin overlook trail) - starts LEFT of the Linville Falls visitor center, ends with an amazing view at the base of the lower falls. Wish I could join you guys! Absolutely gorgeous and super fun area to hike. Have a great trip!

    October 31, 2012

    • Jenna 'Polles' G.

      Oops, just read the description more thoroughly and I see Wiseman's view is already in the plans...and you probably won't need to worry about the treacherous drive - good call. :)

      October 31, 2012

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