Hello 35 Uppers: Ok, outdoor lovers looking for a real fall bonanza hike packed with old and new hiking buddies>> Please, Listen up! This StairMaster mountain trail can be conquered by many, who will not, or even, dare try. The secret, that makes it doable, is PACING Yourself. I will lead the front and have a slow and medium speed hike leader bring up the 2 slower groups. We will all get to the top! The Blood Mountain trail is part of the totally awesome Appalachian Trail. You will experience a magnificent SunSet Dinner - on top of Georgia, simultaneously, with a breathtaking Full Harvest MoonRise. There is a very large boulder atop Blood Mt.’s summit that we will perch upon to dine & gasp. This is the most amazing mountaintop Sunset observation point, in Georgia! (actual 2012 Blood Mtn. photos, without our 35 Upper Friends)
Then, with our lightning bugs in hand or on head, we’ll return back down the mountain in the shadowy Orange moonlight. Picture Lightning Bugs winding back and forth, in Formation. It is simply unimaginable. Believe me, this is a Nikon EVENING you don’t want to miss with your fellow 35 Uppers! Not to mention, an evening of awe-inspiring scenery, good exercise, and fun - as we explore God’s incredible creation.
SunSet: 7:24 Full-Harvest MoonRise: 6:59 (Hike up is 1.5 hours)
Weather Permitting--- call, if not sure. Russ[masked]
HIKE DIFFICULTY: D4 - 5.5 mi
For your sake and the sake of the group, please do not assume beyond your ability. Hike difficulty rating scale
D1 Easy (beginner hikers)
D2 Easy to moderate (regular hikers)
D3 Moderate (a cardio workout)
*D4 Moderate to strenuous (challenging workout)
D5 Strenuous (serious physical challenge)
This is a very rocky steep trail, so if you lack agility especially in the dark, this may not be for you. The trail starts off easy then begins to climb steeply by use of multiple switchbacks and then traverses through a boulder field. We will allow plenty of time for 4 or 5, 5-min. rest stops & still make the sunset. There is only 1 intersection, with a right turn and someone will be there, to insure you don't go, straight...to Alabama..LoL.. Nearing the summit, the trail climbs over open rocky outcrops with jaw-dropping distant views. On the summit, there is an old stone shelter that campers use to overnight in. Keep in mind, the downhill hike back will be in the dark. A Flashlight or Headlamp per person is an absolute must!!!
PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE!!!
You will be at 4,458 feet: Chilly night, even in the summer!
WHAT TO BRING:(For Dark, Cold and Windy): MUST have a light Flashlight or Headlamp (preferably, LED type), Warm clothes, rain jacket, camera, water, snacks, shoes with good tread, daysack to carry your stuff. (Lightweight, as possible, loaded)
OPTIONAL TO BRING: hoaggie sandwich, Fruit...etc., Hiking Poles, First-Aid Kit
WHAT NOT TO BRING: Alcohol, cigarettes, children, pets.
CARPOOLING: Encouraged due to limited parking, but not required.
Carpool/ Meet-up Location: 3:30p.m.-at Ga. 400, exit 8 – Marta’s Mansell Park & Ride parking lot w/
•Riders -$7 to drivers (Covers Drivers expense)
Leave at 3:45 p.m. Sharp. It is a 1 hour and 15 min. non-stop, drive (without traffic). Please arrive ready to go with stomachs filled, cars gassed, and bladders empty.
Return to Mansell’s Park & Ride, approximately, 11:30 p.m.
Drivers will be provided with road maps & GPS address.
3 hike leaders will be provided trail maps.
TRAILHEADwith limited parking: If you plan to hike with us, you’ll need to arrive at the Byron Reese parking area trailhead no later than 5:00 pm. Byron Reese parking area is 1/2 mile north of the stone building (Mountain Crossings) at Neel’s Gap. If there is no more parking, we will have to shuttle folks from a parking area 1 mile north on 129/19 across from Helton Creek Rd. Parking outside of spots or at the Stone building, at your own risk.
KEEP IN MIND: that there are always dangerous and unforeseen elements when out in nature: Cliffs, water hazards, weather, animals, insects, reptiles, falling limbs or rocks, Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac, etc. Trails may be un-maintained, slippery, icy, rocky, and have steep embankments. Shoes and clothing may get muddy or wet. The woods are your bathroom.
WAIVER: By attending, each person assumes all responsibility and liability for themselves and their actions and hereby releases 35 Up, and its volunteers from any and all liability resulting from any loss, injury, illness, damages, or death, while attending, participating or volunteering in this event. Make sure that anyone you invite receives this information and understands and agrees to all aspects of it, otherwise you’re responsible for them.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Russ Steele through this Meet Up, or at [masked]