Fri, Oct 07|
Appalachian Trail Section Hike - The First 52
Maybe you have read the book or seen the movie "A Walk in the Woods"…Well here is your chance to get your feet on the trail and take a multiple day hike on the AT! Join us as we take on a 5 day, 52 mile section hike starting at the Southern terminus, Springer Mountain.
Time & Location
Oct 07, 2022, 3:00 AM – Oct 13, 2022, 9:00 PM
Springer Mountain, Springer Mountain, Georgia 30513, USA
About The Event
Starting at Springer Mountain we will spend 5 days hiking north and ending at or around Unicoi Gap. We will be relocating our passenger van daily to follow the group, which will allow you to carry less gear, clothing or food than you would traditionally have to carry on a section hike. Think of this as a supported section hike! Our van will be meeting us at various cross roads if you need to drop or add gear, desire skipping a section to rest, or want to jump ahead if you feel like you may be falling behind the group.
We recommend and use FarOut Guides on trail. Please download the app and purchase the first section “Springer to Standing Bear Farm” ($8.99) prior to event and we will walk you through how to use it before we begin.
AIRPORT PICKUP will be at Nashville International on 10/7/22. Time TBD
What to expect:
5 days in a row hiking approximately 8-15 miles a day maximum. Historically, weather should be comfortable near mid-October with daytime temps in the 70s and night in the high 40s/low 50s with slim possibility of rain as October is Georgia’s least rainy month. The sun rises around 7:35am and sets around 7:10pm.
October 7: Depart the midwest early AM, arrive and stay in Alpharetta, GA. Dinner in town. We will do a group meeting after dinner to discuss itinerary, maps/app usage, safety plans, perform a gear shakedown and issue walkie-talkies.
(Your individual mileage/camping subject to change depending on circumstance. Van available to assist with shuttling or getting off trail.)
October 8: Begin your hike!
Camping the first night at Hawk Mountain Shelter 8 miles away. You will have the option to also hike the Approach Trail (8.8 miles) beginning bright and early without your full pack, or you will be shuttled to the top of Springer Mountain where the official start of the AT is. If you choose to hike the Approach Trail, your day’s mileage will be 16+, you will meet the van at Springer at the halfway point to pick up your pack and hike on to Hawk Mountain Shelter.
Oct 9: Hike 7.6 miles to Gooch Mountain Shelter
Oct 10: Hike 12 miles to Woods Hole Shelter
Oct 11: Hike 15.1 miles to Low Gap Shelter. After summiting and descending Blood Mountain, we will break briefly at Neel’s Gap/Mountain Crossings. Your longest day on trail!
Oct 12: Finish up remaining mileage of 9.6 to get to Unicoi Gap (approximately a half day of hiking, 4-6 hours). Upon reaching our established ending point you will be greeted with cold drinks and snacks. Lodging, showers and dinner will be at Amicalola Falls Lodge at the end of this day.
Oct 13 - Depart in the morning and return to the midwest.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than 7 days from the date of the event. All other cancellations are subject to a 50% service fee. Refund mayl be issued in the form of a check. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing, we will notify you when the refund has been issued. Additional information will be emailed to you after registering. If we are required to cancel the event due to COVID-19 you will receive a full refund.
Gear rental includes the following: Rental gear is available and includes the following: -Backpack -Sleeping bag -Sleeping pad -UL Pillow -1 or 2 person tent -water purifier -Stove/Fuel canister -Headlamp -Trekking poles -Trowel -Dry bag for food storage$425.00
Food Package (5 days)
This package includes everything you will need for 4.5 days including breakfast bars/breakfast meal, protein/energy/meal replacement bars, jerky, nuts, lunch meals, dehydrated backpacking meals for dinner and desserts.$220.00
Admission - Single Occupancy
Admission is for 1 person. Client must obtain their own camping gear. Ticket price includes transportation, permit fees, tolls, gas, snacks, taxes/fees, single occupancy lodging for 2 nights. First night lodging in Blairsville, additional fees while on the trail, and lodging at Amicalola Falls Lodge when coming off the trail October 12. We will contact you with a list of required gear prior to the start of the trip. Ticket price is based on double occupancy both nights.$1,020.00
Admission - Double Occupancy
Admission is for 1 person splitting the cost of lodging with another guest. Client must obtain their own camping gear. Ticket price includes transportation, permit fees, tolls, gas, snacks, shuttling, taxes/fees, Double occupancy lodging for 2 nights. First night lodging in Blairsville, any additional fees while on trail and lodging at Amicalola Falls Lodge when coming off the trail October 12. We will contact you with a list of required gear prior to the start of the trip.$805.00