A 17-mile Hammers' Hike on AT: From the GAP to KAT (3C17)

  • November 16, 2013 · 7:45 AM

Please join us on November 16th at 7.45 am at the intersection of Old Grade & Clearfield roads in Wind Gap, PA (GPS:[masked], [masked]) for a very strenuous and long shuttle hike on Appalachian Trail from Lehigh Gap to LAS Shelter for 17 miles and about 3000 feet of total up elevation and two moderate climbs. That said, there are beautiful views from the ridge and ridge-top trail of the surrounding valley and Palmerton area and the entire trail is very wooded and scenic. Please bring at least three quarts of water, plenty of food/lunch/calories/sodium/electrolytes, rain gear/windbreaker, proper hiking shoes/socks, headlamp (just in case – only if you have it), and dress appropriately in wicking layers. Catherine, who scouted the hike with me in September, will be jointly leading it with me. Registration absolutely required. Everyone should be willing to participate in the shuttle. No pets due to shuttle requirement. We encourage you to join us for an optional post-hike dinner. Click either of the links below for directions:

Directions to Oaks Parking (Thursday Evening Hikes Location) for carpooling @ 6.15 am - you should pre-arrange your carpool on Meetup with someone:

http://goo.gl/maps/24AFB

Directions to Trailhead. Meet @ 7.45 am at the Trailhead in Wind Gap, PA (intersection of Old Grade and Clearfield roads):

http://goo.gl/maps/eudXf

Macy’s Lower Parking Lot in Plymouth Meeting Mall is another good location for arranging a carpool.

Please note that the Meeting time is 7.45 am and it is about 80-minute drive from KOP (less from up north). Before signing up, please make sure you are willing to make the long drive that early on a cold November morning.

Please note that this is a very strenuous, long, and rocky hike. While we do this kind of distance and elevation frequently, this hike is very difficult due to a very rocky terrain
for most of the hike. 

Please sign up for this hike only if you intend to join this hike. Do not sign up to hold a spot. If you cancel within last three/four days or not show up, it is not fair to those who could have joined the hike.

Here is the link to the very few photos that I took during the scouting hike. We spotted a very large black bear during the scouting hike but it went away before I could take the picture:

http://flickr.com/gp/98673728@N08/sBt5z9/



 

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  • Greg

    The first part of the hike was freaking awesome, but the second part was utterly painful.

    November 18, 2013

  • Bijal

    People, thank you so very much for joining the AT 17-miler. We truly lucked out in terms of incredible weather with a bright sunny day, temperatures close to 60 degrees, and no winds! We had a terrific group of 19 participants with everyone doing remarkably well and keeping a good pace. Everyone completed the entire hike and we had no incidents/injuries of any kind! My sincere thanks to everyone for helping me manage the clock after lunch. We finished at 4.39 pm, four minutes before the sunset. We did full 17 miles at an average moving speed of 2.9/mph and total time including all the stops of 7 hours and 49 minutes. Dennis and Tom, thank you for sweeping. Thanks to all those who helped with the shuttle. We had 12 people at Scorecard Bar and Grille, which turned out to be a terrific place, and apparently, some people absolutely loved their French fries! See you all on a future hike. - Bijal

    November 17, 2013

  • Heather

    Thanks Bijal! Had a great hike and a wonderful day. (And I was only a little bit sore. :))

    November 17, 2013

  • Carl R.

    Looks like you had another great hike Bijal , I hope to make the next one

    November 17, 2013

  • Amy G

    Truly wonderful hike! Weather was good and hike was well-organized as usual. Dinner was superb! Thank you for everything you do Bijal!!!!

    November 17, 2013

  • ela

    Hi everyone...It was great, great hike...very nice people,georgeous weather.....thank you so much BIJAL!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2013

  • Bijal

    People, as of now the weather is projected to be really nice for this hike. It should be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the mid-50s, and calm winds. Bring a light rain gear anyway. Please note that we are meeting at 7.45 am in Wind Gap, PA. Please be on time. Please pre-tape/treat areas of your feet that are prone to developing blisters during a long hike. PLEASE DO NOT WEAR COTTON SOCKS. It should be a fun day. You should have my cell number, if you do not please email me. See you all tomorrow. - Bijal

    November 15, 2013

  • Amy G

    Is there anyone carpooling who is not gonna stay for dinner?

    November 10, 2013

    • Brian D.

      Hi Amy, I can carpool with you. Do you want to meet at the Barnes and Noble in Plymouth Meeting at 6:15?

      November 14, 2013

    • Amy G

      I have already found a ride but thank you for the offer :)

      November 15, 2013

  • Carl R.

    Hi Bijal, I may see you up there, I live just off that section of trail and might be hiking there on Sat.

    November 11, 2013

  • Linda M.

    Yes I would love to do this hike. I will meet you at the trail head, as I will be at lake Minisink that weekend.

    November 1, 2013

  • Bonnie P.

    I look forward to this one since it's so close. I have been wanting to hike this for awhile.

    October 30, 2013

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