What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in backpacking. ALL skills levels are WELCOME. This group is primarily overnight/multi-day backpacking adventures... with possibly some social gathering for members throughout the year

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. We want everyone who attends our Meetup trips to have a great time! Of course, being sore will inevitably be part of it sometimes ;). So, to help ensure this, there are a couple “ground rules” to follow.
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. - No drugs permitted on group trips. If anyone is found using these, they will be removed from the group.
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- Act responsibly/Safety first. Do not put yourself, or others in danger while on group outings.
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- Be respectful/Courteous. Everyone has different skill levels and/or methods. We all have lots to learn from, and teach others. We can do this in a polite, respectful manner. Acting in a belligerent way towards others will not be tolerated.
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- Know your capability. Please do not sign up to attend trips that are outside your capability. While we only truly grow when we push ourselves past our “comfort zone”, you should understand which trips you can confidently push yourself to handle, and which ones you should pass on until another time...

- Use and keep your RSVP current. Some trips have a size limit. If you sign up for a trip and for whatever reason cannot make it, please update your RSVP so people on the waitlist can join/attend. No shows on trips may not affect you, but they affect the group, so please keep your RSVP’s current.

There will be trips through out the year of various intensities for different skill levels. The host will give a brief description of each trip and the level of intensity.

ADVANCED/STRENUOUS Trips: These more advanced trips will typically require the host speaking with each of you about the demands of the route.

Let's Have Fun ! So grab your gear, sign up, and let’s hit the trail !!

Upcoming events (1)

Backpacking Overnight: Jocassee Gorges

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Please join me for an overnight backpacking trip down to Lake Jocassee where the Toxaway River flows in. We will be doing a loop style hike incorporating the Auger Hole Trail, Foothills Trail, and the Canebrake Trail. This will be a 16.5 mile trip total. We will be camping at the Toxaway suspension bridge designated camping areas. These campsites are on the bank of Lake Jocassee and offer picnic tables, lantern hooks, fire rings. This is a beautiful protected wilderness area in the NC section of Lake Jocassee. There will be great views and sunset! Day 1: meet at Frozen Creek Trailhead near Rosman NC at 8:00AM. Hike 7 miles on Auger Hole Trail to the intersection of the Foothills Trail. We will then hike 4.3 miles along the Foothills Trail to camping area at the Toxaway River Bridge (65ft in length) There are two creek crossings on the Auger Hole Yrail that require you to take off shoes and ford over. Day 2: Hike 5 miles back to cars via Canebrake Trail. This will include a 1800 ft ascent over the 5 miles. Hike Length: 16.5 miles Hike Duration: Overnight Hike Rating: Moderate Blaze: Orange on Auger Hole, White on Foothills, Yellow on Canebrake Elevation Gain: 2500 feet (est.) – three climbs Hike Configuration: Loop Trail Condition: Excellent Starting Point: Frozen Creek Road

Past events (79)

Foothills Trail 3-Day Backpack Oconee State Park to Bad Creek

Lower Whitewater Falls Trail Access

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