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35Up's Fall SunSet/Full Harvest MoonRise Dinner Bonanza atop Blood Mountain!

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)

TRAIL DESCRIPTION:

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]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all, and as long as people don't mind and depending on what the event is, I'd probably video at most meetups I attend. Seems people who were there appreciate it, those who weren't can get an idea of what they might have missed and come next time(or earmark it to stay the heck away, haha hopefully not), and I get further practice at editing and being creative, which are my 2 favorite things in life.

    October 2, 2012

  • Sue L.

    Loved the video Mikel- It REALLY captured the highlights of the adventure. What a great time!

    October 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My Blood Mtn. video:
    http://youtu.be/ntPQoW9s3ks

    2 · October 2, 2012

    • patricia

      Absolutely loved the video !! I'm still laughing.

      October 2, 2012

  • patricia

    Absolutely loved the video !! I'm still laughing.

    October 2, 2012

  • Memphis R.

    Thanks, to all the attendees for making our day exciting & extremely positive! I always like being with positive people & this group far exeeded my expectations, particularly on an exceptionally cloudy evening!.....

    September 30, 2012

  • patricia

    Words Cannot describe the memories,adventure, and great people that attended event!!

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun Stuff!

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I saw bad shoes, a bad flashlight, no beautiful sunset and no Harvest moonrise...but STILL, I had a great time and would do it again!

    September 29, 2012

  • Memphis R.

    ---4 those meeting us at the Trailhead: From Dahlonega, take 19 north about 25 miles. The Walasi-yi Center is at Neel's Gap. Continue on down the hill .5 mile and make the second left.

    September 29, 2012

  • Memphis R.

    My cell # is[masked]-3077....I will be at Mansell park & ride at 3:30 p.m.---Will be at the Blood Mtn. Trailhead sign at 5:15 p.m.--- We are going to the top of Georgia to observe the most awesome SunSet, to the west, while panaromically, observing the most exotic FULL Harvest MoonRise, to the east! & sharing our experience, here! No wishing baby, Reality for us!!!

    September 29, 2012

  • Memphis R.

    I led a Mingling hike, last month, to Blood Mtn. The 1st 2 pictures posted here. Same weather sanario, as for tomorrow. I went to Walmart and bought a 2 pack of plastic rain jackets, for $3. I keep them in the car, now. The rain never developed and the clouds (as you can see) made for an even more exciting SunSet & MoonRise. I expect the evening to be an even more exciting Sat., since the one day a year, our Full Harvest Moon will be accompanied by another beautiful SunSet viewing, &, Simultaneously! Hey, nothing like a little rain to make you look a little younger & sexy'er!! ....LoL.... CU, tomorrow, at Marta...

    September 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I certainly don't consider myself a hiker at all, but I DO know that when hiking and you know there's a great "payoff" at the destination, you'd be surprised at how you can do what you thought you couldn't, as if borrowing energy from your own future. Probably be a little sore the next day, but the memory of what we'll see sounds priceless and is a one time shot to catch it, so if considering it at all, do it.

    September 27, 2012

  • Patsy S.

    Gosh, it sounds awesome. However, I have never hiked and not in shape. Guess I better sign up for NEXT year. Will be thinking of you all when I look at the moon.

    September 27, 2012

  • Said

    Sounds great but I cannot confirm yet. Hope to see you all there.

    September 24, 2012

  • T

    Hi Russ do we need to bring our own lights? If so where do you recommend we purchase them?

    September 12, 2012

    • Memphis R.

      Yes...LED type, are best.....I bought, off the internet...

      September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Russ,
    I would like to join you in this hike! I plan to meet with you at the Byron Reese parking area by 5:30 pm. I will be driving from Amicalola Falls State Park. Thanks.

    September 9, 2012

    • Memphis R.

      Great, we will look for you, around 5:00 pm....

      September 9, 2012

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