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{Conservation Outings} Mar-21-2015: Broad River Trail Maintenance

DATE/TIME: Sat., Mar-21-2015 at 9:00 AM. LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: Trail maintenance - Broad River Trail Saturday, March 21 - 9:00 AM We*ll meet at the DNR checking station at 9:00 a.m. and carpool to the trail. It seems that weather will cooperate this Saturday. This is continuation of previous work on this trail. We will finish brushing and focus on digging and repairing any damage from recent disturbances. If you are interested in exploring another exciting outdoor activity and help maintaining trails that we all love and use, please join us/volunteers in Chattooga River Ranger District. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, but lead by volunteer trail maintenance crew leaders. No prior trail maintenance experience nor registration is required. However, a standard USFS Volunteer Services Agreement form will need to be signed by all new participants. The USFS will supply tools (including hard hat, protective glasses and work gloves), but you may want to bring yours or your own loppers, clippers or bow saw. Bring lunch and water. Dress appropriately for the season, wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Directions: The historic and scenic Broad River trail is located in southern Chattooga River Ranger District (CRRD) in the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area. It is nearly 4 miles long and has upper and lower trailheads on forest service road FS 87. The main route is US 23, 441. Coming from the south, take the Lavonia/Toccoa exit (a right fork where GA 365 splits off) to continue on GA 365 for 1.75 mi. Turn rt. onto Rock Road and go about 0.7 mi. to dead end at unmarked Dicks Hill Parkway. Turn left and go 2.4 mi. to turn rt. onto Ayersville Road where there are signs to Lake Russell WMA and the Patterson Pump facility. (Before you get to this intersection, you will pass an Ayersville Rd. intersection where there is a sign indicating Patterson Pump is straight ahead, so keep going until you reach Patterson Pump facility and the sign to the WMA.) Go 0.8 mi on Ayersville Rd. and turn left onto FS 87 (Camp Guard Rd.). Go 0.5 mi to the GA DNR game checking station on the left. If coming from the north on 441, make left turns. Upper trailhead coordinates are 34.52947 -83.41890 Again, we*ll meet at the DNR checking station at 9:00 a.m. Let me know if you need any additional information. See you there! CONTACT: Mirza Balic - 770-982-0111 , mirza.balic@georgia.sierraclub.org

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{Other Trips} Mar-21-2015: Bike the Chattahoochee Riverwalk Trail

DATE/TIME: Sat., Mar-21-2015 at 2:00 PM. LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: We will ride from downtown Columbus to Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and back - total of 16 miles round trip. Difficulty: Mainly flat with some moderate hills. All ages welcome! Bring your own bike or if you don*t have one, rentals are available for $10 from Ride On bike shop in Columbus. Contact trip leader several days in advance to reserve a bike. Meeting location: St. Mark*s Episcopal Church parking lot at 1 pm to caravan/carpool or at lot in Columbus on river at end of 11th St. at 2 pm. What to bring: bike/helmet; water/snack. CONTACT: Laura Breyfogle - 706-845-7235 breyfogle@charter.net

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{Dayhikes} Apr-01-2015: Wed. Walk in the Park

DATE/TIME: Wed, Apr-01-2015. TIME: 9:30 AM. LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: Wednesday *Walk in the Park* is back for April. Every Wednesday in April (weather permitting) we will hike the Cherokee Trail around Stone Mountain. Meet at 9:30am in the playground parking lot located near the lake on Robert E. Lee Boulevard. Five mile moderate (mostly easy) hike. Bring water and Lunch. Dates are April 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd and 29th. Sign up for any or all five! CONTACT: Linda Sealey, (404)-731-2140 text/call - email - bimmy@bellsouth.net

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{Dayhikes} Apr-08-2015: Wed. Walk in the Park

DATE/TIME: Wed, Apr-08-2015. TIME: 9:30 AM. LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: Wednesday *Walk in the Park* is back for April. Every Wednesday in April (weather permitting) we will hike the Cherokee Trail around Stone Mountain. Meet at 9:30am in the playground parking lot located near the lake on Robert E. Lee Boulevard. Five mile moderate (mostly easy) hike. Bring water and Lunch. Dates are April 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd and 29th. Sign up for any or all five! CONTACT: Linda Sealey, (404)-731-2140 text/call - email - bimmy@bellsouth.net

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{Dayhikes} Apr-18-2015: Track Rock Gap to Brasstown Bald

DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9AM (Time Tentative). LEVEL: Strenuous. DESCR: We start at Track Rock Gap, with a long climb up to a high ridge, then follow one of the highest ridges in Georgia, with views in both directions to the top of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. We will eat lunch with 360 degree views at the top of Brasstown Bald then hike back down to Track Rock Gap. Strenuous. 6.5 hours hiking .5 hour lunch. 11.6 miles round-trip. Elevation gain: 3252. Limit: 8. Registration Required before April 16, 2015 9:00 PM. Register with Lee Graham at: leegrah3@gmail.com or cell: 404-202-9065

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{Special Events} Apr-25-2015: Outings Leader Training

DATE: Saturday, April 25, 2015. TIME: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. PLACE: 740 Barrett Parkway #450, Kennesaw, GA. LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: Do you like spending time in the outdoors " Like seeing new places " Like meeting new people " If you have ever thought about leading outings. Then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you ! The Sierra Club has been offering outings for over 100 years, furthering the Sierra Club's conservations goals around the country. Attend our leader training and learn how you can lead outdoor events with the Sierra Club of Georgia. Special class location at REI Kennesaw in Cobb County. Taught by Sierra Club personnel. LEADERS: Lee Graham - 404-202-9065 leegrah3@gmail.com , Russell Puryear - 404-660-5720 rpuryear@mac.com . REGISTER: Registration required before April 25, 2015 10:00 AM

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{Dayhikes} Mar-21-2015: Homestead Trail

The trail is wide, even, shaded and well maintained. More than half of the trail is along the lake affording views of the lake and small coves. This is an easy-to-moderate, 3.7-mile hike with modest elevation gain. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking shoes are recommended. Bring water and snacks. We meet at the Park Lodge (at the flag pole in front). Limit 15 Contact Lynn Walston - lynnwalston22@yahoo.com or 770-973-7560

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{Other Trips} Mar-28-2015: Kayak/Canoe down Augusta Canal

28 March, Saturday, 10 am kayak/canoe paddle down the Augusta canal from Savannah Rapids/old lock & dam to Lake Olmstead. Everybody bring life jackets and a whistle. Kayak & canoe rentals will also be available. Contact Larry at larrkomp@gmail.com

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{Other Trips} Mar-29-2015: Adopt-A-Highway

Join us at 8:00 am at the Wendys inside the Pilot Travel Center at River Watch Parkway and Interstate 20. We will walk from there to cleanup a mile stretch on the Riverwatch Parkway and be finished before 10:00 am. Contact Tim, at 706-945-3454 /t.nelken@att.net

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{Dayhikes} Mar-29-2015: Heggie's Rock Tour

2:00-4:00 pm Tour the rare flora at Heggie*s Rock led by botanist Judy Gordon. To do this tour you must register with the GA Nature Conservancy (no charge) at least one week before the tour: https://support.nature.org/site/Ticketing"view=Tickets&id=6861 Con-tact Judy at 706-650-8314, gordonjudith@att.net

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{Conservation Outings} Apr-04-2015 to Apr-26-2015: 2015 John Muir Outings

Each weekend in April, enjoy and explore some of the most beautiful places in GA. Learn about conservation efforts to protect the environment. Join us as we share our visions of a grand, sustainable GA.

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{Other Trips} Apr-17-2015 to Apr-19-2015: Car Camping and Kayaking

Join us for a multi-sport getaway to Skidaway Island State Park. Located near historic Savannah, this park borders Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia*s intracoastal waterway. Trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. Visitors can watch for deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon, egrets and other wildlife. Inside the park*s interpretive center, birders will find binoculars, reference books and a window where they can look for migrating species such as Painted Buntings. Children will especially enjoy seeing the towering, 20-foot Giant Ground Sloth replica and reptile room. Car Camp in a tent or bring your RV or rent a cabin (there are only 3 cabins available for rent) A scenic campground is nestled under live oaks and Spanish moss, and some RV sites have sewer hookups. Leashed pets are allowed. If it happens to be warm enough, Tybee Island*s beaches are 25 miles away. Kayak - Kayak Skidaway park Narrows. On Sunday morning from 9 - 12, the park will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Skidaway Narrows Cleanup - you can bring your own boat or use one of the parks (limited number). Call the park if you plan to use one of theirs 912-598-2300 (http://www.gastateparks.org/info/195127"c=5846963 ) Bike Ride - bring your bike and bike the off-road trails around the park and/or the roads through the neighborhoods around the park. Hike - There are 6 miles of trail at the state park for hiking Frolic in the Surf - If it happens to be warm enough, Tybee Island's beaches are 25 miles away Accomodations There are 87 tent, trailer, and RV campsites. You have to reserve online but you choose your spot at arrival time. The information and pricing can be found on-line. http://www.gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland Skidaway Island State Park 52 Diamond Causeway Skidaway Island Park Rd Savannah, GA 31411

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{Other Trips} Apr-12-2015: Petersburg Boat Tour

Take a historic guided tour down the Augusta Canal in a replica Petersburg boat. Great family event. Reservations are re-quired by April 8th.Cost $12.50. Contact Cathy at sonnyandcathyblack@gmail.com

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{Backpacking} Mar-21-2015 to Mar-22-2015: Hog Pen Gap to Low Gap Shelter Backpack

LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: This portion of the AT starts at Hogpen Gap (elev. 3,450 ft) (GA Hwy 348 parking lot). We will hike 4.2 miles to the AT shelter at Low Gap (elev. 2,990 ft). The trail goes through a nice hardwood forest of hickory, white oak, poplar, and maple trees, with nice views along the trail. The trail goes over White Oak Stamp, Strawberry Top, Poor Mountain, and Sheep Rock Top before heading down to Low Gap Shelter (sleeps up to 7 hikers). The high elevation of the day is 3,625 feet. There is a privy near the shelter, and a spring and stream nearby. The next morning, we hike back out the same way to the parking lot at Hogpen Gap. This provisional hike, co-led by myself and Moshe Jacobson, will allow me to complete my Sierra Club Outdoor Leadership Training 201 (overnight) certification. I am choosing to open this trip to those who have had some previous backpacking experience, and have all of the necessary lightweight gear and proper hiking boots. Moshe or I will be happy to share a packing list with you as well. Since the trip is in March, please be prepared for moderately cold weather in the evening or wet weather while hiking. Please contact Jake Hardison by phone or email for information and registration for this backpacking trip. Please send me your contact telephone information when registering for this outing. I will send out trip meet up info and directions to all trip participants a week prior to the outing. Depending upon the weather forecast for that weekend, I may reschedule the trip for a later date. Also, please complete the attached participant backpacking questionnaire when registering for this trip. LIMIT: 7. LEADERS: Jake Hardison, Jr , 770-904-4893 , jake.hardison@ssa.gov ; Moshe Jacobson , 770-366-2923 , jehsom@gmail.com . REGISTER: Registration Required before March 16, 2015 6:00 PM

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{Backpacking} Apr-03-2015 to Apr-05-2015: Congaree National Forest

DATE: APR 3-5, 2015. TIME: 3:00 PM. LEVEL: Easy. DESCR: Join us for a weekend of camping, canoeing and hiking in the Congaree National Forest. Celebrate our National heritage exploring old growth forests, swampland & big trees. Bring your canoe or rent one. Reservations required $25. To RSVP, contact Cathy at sonnyandcathyblack@gmail.com

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Gift Certificates Available!

Get them a Sierra Club Outings gift certificate! Let Sierra Club Outings help you with a quick, easy, fun, and unique present for anyone on your list — whether it's for Grandma Sue's birthday, son Billy's graduation, your best friend Amy's wedding, or a present for the dad who has everything. Buy them gift certificates good toward any of our outdoor adventures, and make it a year they'll really remember.

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Sign Up for a GA Sierra Club Outing!

Chapter-sponsored trips are organized and led each month. There are day trips, backpacking trips, kayaking trips, service trips, camping trips, canoe trips... the list goes on. These are made possible through our outings leaders' efforts and through Club programs like Inner City Outings (ICO) and One Club. So when you have a few days to spare, come join us! For a listing of upcoming activities, see Current Outings. If you have any questions, see our FAQ, the trip ratings page, or contact an outing leader.

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