Backpacking: NC & TN Roan Highlands (AT) Appalachian Trail

Backpacking: NC & TN  Roan Highlands (AT) Appalachian Trail

Flying, Traveling to North Carolina & Backpacking on the AT for a long weekend.

More info to come over the next couple of days...check in Later....!!!

Let go packing some place warm and awesome...

Space:  Only can let 6 members attend.. Based on car rental.. If full please contact me for adding more room.

The Plan:

Fly from Logan Airport in Boston MA and arrive in Charlotte NC. Rent a car and drive up to the Hostel where will be coming off the trail. Mountain Harbour Bed and Breakfast And Hiker Hostel in Roan TN. Spend the night and get a ride from the owners to the trail head 30.5 miles south on the trail. Look to the stats for my daily trail info. Hike section #7 of the AT and stay at the highest Shelter on the AT and one of the tallest mtns of the region. Photo's of the area are some of the most inspiring. Once we exit the trail we will find showers and get on the plane back to Boston. Nice full and fun long weekend....:-)


Description:

Roan High Knob is the pinnacle of the Roan-Unaka Mountain Range, a rolling expanse of highlands in northwest Tennessee. It is also one of the highest peak between the Black Mountains and New Hampshire's Presidential Range. Rising some 6,286 feet, its true summit sits atop a modest rock outcropping some 30 meters from the Roan High Knob shelter, the highest shelter on the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail.

Roan High Knob is cloaked in dark stands of spruce and fraser fir. The ecosystem in this area is unique, more closely resembling the woods of southeast Canada. Rising winter temperatures, acid rain and invasive new insect species threaten evergreen growth and some of the proud fir trees are slowly dying. 

Though dense forest and frequent fog hide summit views this should not dissuade visitors from exploring the Knob. Its haunting moss-clad forests and ancient rock speak to the timelessness of high Appalachia. 

On a clear day, nearby Roan High BluffRound Bald and Grassy Ridge Bald offer some of the finest vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. 


Airfare:

Tickets are for Jet Blue

(Down)

Date:   Thu May 01 -- Flight #1445

Departs/arrives:  3:00 p.m  5:20 p.m.

Route Down :   BOSTON, MA (BOS)  --  CHARLOTTE, NC (CLT)

(Back)

Date:  Mon May 05 -- Flight #1446

Departs/arrives:  5:56 p.m - 8:08 p.m

Route Down :  CHARLOTTE, NC (CLT) -- BOSTON, MA (BOS)


$$  P/P Round trip Air Tickets cost me $250.00


Length of day:

Sunrise:  6:32am  Sunset: 8:09pm   Length: 13h 40m

Moon:   None


Gear:

Standard late spring... 3 season tent and a 20 degree sleeping bag. and some rain gear.

Traveling Duffle bags, are recommended for checking & transporting gear on airplanes. 


Basic Gear list Link:


Pace:  Moderate  1.5 miles per hour.

Rated:  Int - Adv  --  10 mile days

Stat’s:

Day #1 --

Day #2 -- 


Tent Buddy List,

We can figure that out in the days before the trip.


Getting There:

Carpooling options should be posted as a thread on the Meetup Mountaineers Page.     Sharing a ride, to the airport it’s always more fun!


Additional Trip Planning & Research:

Appalachian Trail Conservancy -- Tennessee / North Carolina

Map # 1 and 2

Pages: 101 - 141


Weather:

Looking at amount of rain fall normally for the month its the second least rainiest of the year. This trip will continue rain or shine.. other options are available of weather should be too much to enjoy yourself on the trail. Warm trails and green leaves are expected.


Trip Area Web Links:

Plan to stay at --  http://www.mountainharbour.net/

http://www.summitpost.org/roan-high-knob/images/p-154373

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unaka_Range

http://www.meetup.com/Blue-Ridge-Backpackers/events/160221032/



Cost:

Deposit Cost:  $20.00  -- Non-Refundable "After (5) Days of your RSVP" to save a space on this trip. Additional $190.00 due before trip starts on (May 1  2014)  Includes, all land costs except food. Such as rental car, fuel, Insurance. 1 night at the Hostel. Use of group gear. Paying for access to showers on last day before flight.

Post Trip:

You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.

Post the trip. Please take a moment to review our group. We always like feedback.


Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing. Even Hiking can be by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious or even good . We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…




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  • Jay B.

    Wow! As a backpacker I feel that the Roan Highlands are a must do trip for all. It was a trip to remember for many years... Thanks all for traveling with me..:-)

    May 6

  • Karl R.

    Excellent time on the trail again with Kristie and Jay.

    May 5

  • Karl R.

    http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items
    Little info - no matches lighters
    Can't wait!!!!

    1 · April 4

  • Karl R.

    Got My Ticket!!:):)

    2 · March 31

  • Adam "Stumby" C.

    if I do it may be a one way trip I got some Trail Angels to contact.

    March 29

    • Jay B.

      Sure.. I will be posting the Itinerary for being on and off the trail.. Enough info you can work with and make your plans...Cheers...

      March 30

  • Karl R.

    :)

    March 29

3 went

  • Jay B.
    Trail Name: "Evil Jay", Organizer
    Event Host
  • Kristie W.
    Ice Name: "No Knees McKristie", Co-Organizer
  • Karl R.
    AKA "BP" Bog Probe, Assistant Organizer

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