I am planning a once a month hike on the AT (Appalachian Trail), from Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome (the highest point in Tennessee). For me this is preparation for a Mt Rainier Summit Climb this summer, but I would enjoy the company of some fellow adventurers.
Each hike will be on a weekend, with the plan being to drive to Smokemont Campground, after work on Friday (approximately 5:30 pm), hike Saturday, and drive back Sunday (arriving back approximately 5:30 pm).
The first one is planned for the weekend of January 18-20. With the distance, it would be great to carpool. I can fit 4 additional people and their gear in my car. If those coming along would like to share in the expense of gas/camping fees, that would be nice, but is not required.
Right now, there are no reservations required at Smokemont (one of the few campgrounds in the Smokies that is open year round). We can have up to 6 people per site. I have a 6 man tent (really more comfortable for 3-4).
For those interested in going, the hike is 16 miles round trip. It is not an easy hike, but I have done it one-way with tendonitis in the knees, so it can be done. And I can promise you, on a clear day, the view from the top is spectacular! In Winter, the road up to Clingmans Dome is closed (Dec-Mar), but after that, there will be an option of hiking one way (8 miles) and driving back down.
My cellphone is:[masked]-8270. More details on Clingmans Dome: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm