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Hike from Neels Gap, GA to Deep Gap, NC via the Appalachian Trail Approximately 60 miles. This hike is strenuous in parts. Plan to hike @ least 5-6 miles/day. If we make it to a shelter that’s great, if not, we’ll stealth camp along the way practicing leave no trace.
FYI - this is a reupload of this event.
WHEN: Saturday October 16 12noon
Saturday October 30th or
Sunday October 31st
Date finished depends on how fast we hike.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The app will not let me make the end date the 30th or 31st. It is forcing me to state the 29th. It’s doubtful we’ll get done on the 29th but we could try for it. Again, depends on how fast we hike.
See below about places you can get off trail early (if you need to go back to work, for example)
HOW FAR WILL WE HIKE?
Approx 60 miles
October 16 we will meet at the Byron Reece Trailhead parking lot near the kiosk. Plan to start hiking by 12pm so we can get to the campsite before dark. We are meeting midday because many people will need to drive several hours to get here.
We will hike over the GA/NC border to Deep Gap.
HOW FAR SHALL WE HIKE?
As said above, approx 5 miles a day in the beginning. You must remember these are trail miles and not street miles - it takes longer to hike on a trail so expect 1 mile/hour hiking. As time goes on we’ll get more comfortable going further per day plus we’ll get faster. If we agree to hike more than 5 miles then we shall. We’ll play it by ear.
We’ll take midday breaks & rest a while as we snack and recoup our energy. Our goal will be to get to our next camp before 5:30pm so we have time to set up camp in daylight.
We will need to restock our food @ stores in Helen, Ga & possibly Hiawassee, Ga. With luck we’ll only need to resupply at Hiawassee. Those may wind up being zero days due to needing to hitchhike to & from town. You will need to bring money to buy food & snacks.
GETTING OFF TRAIL EARLY:
There are several places along the way hikers can get off trail if they need to (go back to work, etc). If you need to get off early, you will need to arrange for a pick up either by a family member/friend or via a shuttle service. I will have shuttle phone numbers with me. Their prices range from $60-120 depending upon where you get picked up at.
If you do get off early, maybe you could give the rest of us a ride into town so we don’t have to hitchhike.
The places you can be picked up at are:
(We start at Neels Gap mm 31.3)
Tesnatee Gap (mm 37.3) [1-2 days]
Unicoi Gap (mm 52.5) [approx 5-6 days]
Dick’s Creek Gap (mm 69.2) [approx 8-9 days]
Bring a bear bag that you MUST hang up in trees. Bears are seen along this section much more than the previous 30 miles & are known for stealing hiker food.
Better yet would be to bring a bear canister.
Anything smelly must be hung with the food.
IDEAS ON WHAT TO BRING:
• ALLERY/DISEASE INFO
• EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO
• Drivers license / Identification
(Keep the above safe in your backpack)
• Cash and debit/credit card
• Tent or hammock setup
• Sleeping bag for expected temps
(At the very least, use comfort temp rating, not extreme rating)
• Closed cell mat
• Sleep clothes (always stays dry)
• Extra socks, etc
• May need hat/gloves at night
• Poncho / rain coat
• Brick charger & your device wires
• Food / snacks / spices if needed
• Cooking setup
• Spoon or spork
• Water filter setup
• Containers to carry water in
• Bear bag with rope or canister
• Poop kit (spade, toilet paper)
• Baby wipes are helpful
• Ear plugs are helpful
• Bandaids / neosporin, etc
I will have my van parked at Deep Gap and will drive everyone back to their cars so we don’t have to use a shuttle.