UPDATE: We were forced to turn back from our January hike due to car trouble, but it was a good dry run. We learned from it, and so I am making a few adjustments to this based on that.
IMPORTANT: Only sign up for this hike if you have the gear for it.
You will need: sleeping bag (I recommend a cold weather bag for this time of year), a ground pad (for insulation between your sleeping bag and the ground), day pack, and hiking shoes.
Because this is a long drive, we will not be making any unnecessary stops on the way there. Please have everything you need with you.
That being said, we DO need to pack light. I was mistaken in thinking that my car could hold 5 people and their gear. While it can hold 5 people, it can't hold that much gear, so I am going to limit this hike to 4 people. If we get more people on the waiting list and can get a 2nd volunteer to drive, then we will open it up to more people.
One last thing: I apologize, but after $400+ in repairs to the car after the January trip, I won't be able to foot the bill for the gas & camping fees, so we will be charging a small fee for this trip to partially cover gas & camping fees.
This is our second once a month hike in the Smoky Mountains. I'm adjusting the description of this to reflect the slight adjustment of hike location. Those who signed up for this hike were interested in hiking the Le Conte trail this time, rather than the AT trail up to Clingmans Dome. It's a shorter hike (11 miles roundtrip).
We will drive to Smokemont Campground, after work on Friday, leaving Memphis at approximately 5:45 pm, since the earliest I can make it to my house to rendezvous with everyone is 5:30 pm, hike Saturday, and drive back Sunday (arriving back approximately 5:30 pm).
With the distance of this hike, we will be carpooling. I can fit 4 additional people and their gear in my car. Please consider sharing in the expense of gas/camping fees.
Right now, there are no reservations required at Smokemont (one of the few campgrounds in the Smokies that is open year round). We can have up to 6 people per site. I have a 6 man tent (really more comfortable for 3-4). Is there someone else willing to be a driver, if we have more than 5 going?
For those interested in going, this hike is 11 miles round trip, with a beautiful views along the way.
My cellphone is:[masked]-8270. More details on Clingmans Dome: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm