Weekly hike with Chris: Night hike to "Bad Ass Bald" for the Meteor Shower!

  • August 13, 2011 · 7:00 PM

So, according to: http://www.meteorshowersonline.com/perseids.html[masked] is the peak of the Perseids meteor shower!

I have been wanting to do a night hike for some time now!  This gives us the perfect opportunity!  We came up here a few years ago to do a geocache and it has been one of my favorite spots ever since!  Prepare for bushwhacking and to be in the dark. 

Here are the links to the geocaches:

Postmeridian Blues: http://coord.info/GCW5N7

Midnight Moss: http://coord.info/GC146VQ (if we have time, we may do this as well)

We'll meet at Ingles and leave the parking lot by 7:15 PM. 

We will be heading to Yellow Gap Rd which connects Mills River Campground and 276.  There will be a moderate hike and again, be prepared for bushwhacking! 

Bring the things you would normally bring but make sure you have a headlamp and extra batteries. Also, binoculars or a small telescope would be a good idea.

Thanks and we'll see you on the trail!

Chris

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing experience! Thanks for the geo-caching, night hike, and company! :)

    August 14, 2011

  • Chad T.

    A very fun time was had and the weather was perfect, yet eerie with the fog lingering around us as we made it through the dark with our headlamps. I was glad to be part of this hike and the crowd was swell as well. Thanks Chris for putting this on.

    August 14, 2011

  • Karen

    What a blast, fun times watching the rocks fly through the sky...tee hee hee

    August 14, 2011

  • Chris

    Amazing night with some great people! Still one of my favorites!

    August 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first experience Geocatching! The Midnight Moss was surreal, and "Bad Ass Bald" lived up to its name!

    August 14, 2011

  • Dave

    It was a hoot to do some really cool exploring though the wilderness. Chris and Chad made the evening a really fun time. YEAH "AHG"!!!

    August 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    A committed group, two knowledgeable leaders with a great sense for adventure and fun = the recipe for meetup success. And who knew how cool geocaching could be? This old dog met a new trick and loved it.

    August 14, 2011

  • Louise P.

    I had a great time - thanks Chris and Chad . "Bad Ass Bald" is awesome. Very nice group of people.

    August 14, 2011

  • Chris

    Hey everyone, just a reminder to bring a headlamp (with good batteries), long pants, a long shirt, and hiking boots. See you tonight!
    Chris

    August 13, 2011

  • Chris

    (continued)... how I feel and visibility. If the visibility sucks, I may head up to Craggy or up to the parkway. Sorry for the delay in posting, I have several projects I am working on and have been BOMBARDED by emails from the group.
    Thanks and we'll see you on the trail!
    Chris

    August 13, 2011

  • Chris

    Parking will be limited and I strongly encourage everyone to carpool if possible. The GPS coords are listed above: "Postmeridian Blues: http://coord.info/GCW5N7"; you can link from that page to get the address. There is no trail, you can only get there by following reflectors in the dark. I will be attending rain or dark, dress accordingly. If you plan to carpool, communicate to the driver about your time restrictions. I am planning on being out there for 1 to 2 hours depending on

    August 13, 2011

  • Dave

    Does anyone have an address for where the trail head is located so I can put it into my GPS. I'm going to get an early start tomorrow and stop along the way.
    NO RAIN!!!

    August 12, 2011

  • Pamela U.

    Thanks for all the info. Keith...I will know where to look!

    August 12, 2011

  • Pamela U.

    @Chad & Chris....if there is cloud cover & chance of rain, will we still hike? Or will we be heading somewhere above the cloud line so we can see the meteor shower?....btw, while walking my dogs last night, I saw a small fireball....big, bright & long! I saw a huge orange fireball in France & this one was half the size & white. So I'm excited for the action in the sky's! Will we still see anything?

    August 11, 2011

  • Chad T.

    Weather Update: 40% chance of PM Thunderstorms with lows in the high 60's. Wear/bring proper attire. =)

    August 11, 2011

  • Chad T.

    Well, I sure hope that someone wants to take some of the group on another night(s). It would be great to get this group down to about a 1/4 of the size it is now. Much safer that way since keeping accountability in the dark presents a real concern.

    August 9, 2011

  • Dave

    Perhaps you might consider seeing if anyone would like to get together before dawn one morning this week to avoid light pollution from the moon. Does anyone have a hot tub on top of a mountain:)

    August 9, 2011

  • Chris

    We're having an organizer's meeting tonight and we'll see if someone wants to post another meetup for Friday or Sunday night

    August 9, 2011

  • Dave

    Here's another excellent write up for your information.
    http://www.meteorshowersonline.com/perseids.html

    August 8, 2011

  • Dave

    Greeting Folks,
    Here is a link from Astronomy Magazine Newsletter. There is a writeup on "The Perseid meteor shower peaks mid-August
    You don't need any equipment to view this summer meteor shower, although a Full Moon will create some observing challenges."
    for your reading pleasure. http://links.mkt746.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDkzNjY0NwS2&r=NzY3MTU4MjUwMwS2&j=MTgyNjAxNDA5S0&mt=1&rt=0
    Enjoy

    August 8, 2011

  • Karen

    I believe with this many people there is a very good chance that someone may get lost.

    1 · August 7, 2011

  • Pamela U.

    @Chad..I will bring a bottle of Schnapps w/little dixie cups & we can make it the Bad Ass Party hike!

    1 · August 7, 2011

  • Pamela U.

    @Dave...I'm in Atlanta & have the telescope. What kind of store sells filters & what kind do I ask for (what purpose). Might be easier here than in Asheville.

    August 7, 2011

  • Chad T.

    Far too many people... :-/

    August 7, 2011

  • Dave

    Pam.....You may want to ask him to measure the eyepiece so if you want to buy/order one, you'll have it in time. Most filters are 1.25" but I'd sooner you be sure. As long as you can return it you may order one. I got mine through Amazon which was through Adorama in NY. Call a local camera shop in the area. Maybe they would have on in stock. The place in Brevard is called Continental Divide. Their number is 828.884.5484.
    Keep me posted:)

    August 6, 2011

  • Pamela U.

    @Dave...I'm getting my telescope back from my bother this weekend in Atlanta. I will let you know what it is when I get back Monday...thanks!

    August 5, 2011

  • Dave

    Pam... If the moon is full it will be very bright to the point it will hurt to look at it for extended periods of time. I have a moon/neutral density filter. It is gray in color. Let me know what scope you have and what size eye piece you are using. Look at the part of the eyepiece that goes into the scope. It will have internal threads. What size diameter is the eye piece. It might be 1" or 1.25" Check out this site:
    http://www.telescope.com/. Type 05662 in the search window.
    WA LA!.. smiling

    August 5, 2011

  • Pamela U.

    @Dave...what did you say about a filter for my telescope because of a full moon? Where would I get a filter...or is it no big deal to have it?

    August 5, 2011

  • Dave

    Here's the link to Sky and Telescope's newsletter.
    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/

    On another note. For those of you that will be using a flashlight. When we get to where we will be viewing the heavens, you may want to get a red cover for the light so our eyes don't have to readjust for the darkness and enjoying the sights. I find a the plastic top to a spice bottle fits my light nicely. Did I hear, get batteries:)

    Enjoy

    August 5, 2011

  • Dave

    I don't know about the ease of capturing a Perseid shower will be with a telescope but the moon and stars are pretty awesome. If it's a full moon, bring a moon filter or a polarizing filter from your camera.

    August 4, 2011

  • Chris

    @Pamela - probably not. BUT the 20+ hikers with headlamps should be enough to scare off the animals and snakes. :)

    July 29, 2011

  • Chris

    I'll bring a few pairs of binoculars (sounds weird to say it that way) and a telescope.

    1 · July 29, 2011

  • Chris

    My guess is it'll be about 30-45 mins to get there and the hike is maybe a mile but it is all uphill and some bushwhacking as well.

    July 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long do you think the drive and hike will be?

    July 27, 2011

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