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{Dayhikes} Mar-07-2015: Hike at South Fork Peachtree Trail

DATE: Saturday, Mar 7. TIME: 10 AM. PLACE: 917-979 Scott Circle, Decatur, GA. LEVEL: Easy. DESCR: Join the Sierra Club for a hike on the South Fork Peachtree Trail. We will meet at the playground in front of the ball fields at Medlock Park. This is near where the Sierra Club conducts its Adopt-A-Stream program on the South Fork of Peachtree Creek. We will walk about three miles on trails, boardwalk and a multi-use path; there is one rock-hop stream crossing. REGISTER: If interested, contact John Vian. Email: jvian@sgrlaw.com or phone: 404-272-0142. Registration Required before March 6, 2015 9:00 PM. LIMIT eight participants.

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{Dayhikes} Mar-14-2015: Lake Winfield Scott to Blood Mtn

DATE: Saturday, March 14, 2015. TIME: 9:00 AM (Time Tentative). LEVEL: Moderate. LOCATION: Lake Winfield Scott, Chattahoochee National Forest, GA. DESCR: Blood Mountain is the the highest and most scenic part of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. This is an excellent (and moderate) introduction to the Appalachian Trail, and March is when thru-hikers begin their long hikes from Georgia to Maine. From Lake Winfield Scott, we will hike to Jarrard Gap and intersect with the Appalachian Trail, then take the A.T. up to Blood Mtn to the historic CCC shelter where we will have lunch and enjoy the views, then return via the Slaughter Creek Trail. This Blood Mountain Wilderness hike is a moderate loop plus a steep 0.7 mile climb up Blood Mountain. At 4458 feet, Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the AT in Georgia and has excellent views in several directions. RATED: 8 miles / 2 to 3 mph / 1568 ft elevation gain. HIKE TIME: 2 hrs to Blood Mtn, .5 hr lunch, 2 hrs return. REGISTER: Please register directly with Lee Graham at leegrah3@gmail.com. Registration Required before March 12, 2015 9:00 PM. LIMIT: 8.

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{Other Trips} Mar-07-2015: Iron Chef in Piedmont Park

DATE: Saturday, March 7, 2015. TIME: 12:00 PM. DESCR: Bring your backpacking kitchen to Piedmont Park, and put your favorite backcountry recipe to the test! We shall all convene at noon and begin preparing our dishes. At half past noon, the Iron Chef competition shall commence! Points will be awarded as follows: - Taste (1-5 points, averaged from three taste judges) - Ease of preparation in the backcountry (1-5 points) - Nutritional value (1-2 points) - Ingredients start out dehydrated (0-3 pts) - Vegetarian (0-1 point) (because I am vegetarian, and I said so) The three highest scoring participants will each receive a MEDAL RIBBON THING made of 100% PURE PLASTIC!! And for first prize, besides a lot of ego-stroking accolades, you will receive....... A BAG OF PLASTIC COCKROACHES! Okay, okay. Settle down. If you are a culinary connoisseur and would like to be one of the three taste judges (which means you won't be preparing a dish), please send me a message before joining the event. All chefs should be sure to bring the following items: - All ingredients necessary (please plan to make more if you are bringing guests) - Enough water for cooking & drinking - Stove - Fuel - Cookset - Bowl to eat from - Spoon or spork - Serving utensils, for others to serve your dish - Recipe cards to give out to those who enjoy your dish! Can't wait! See you soon. LEADER: Moshe Jacobson - 770-366-2923 jehsom@gmail.com

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{Dayhikes} Mar-01-2015: Hike, Yoga and Dinner

DATE: Sunday, March 1, 2015. TIME: 2:00 PM. LEADER: Sammy Padgett - (404)-775-7660 sammypadgett@comcast.net LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: Join us for a 4-mile hike around Arabia Mountain with a 45-minute all levels yoga practice held mountain top. We will meet at the visitor center gravel lot (3787 Klondike Rd, Lithonia Ga 30038) and walk about a quarter of a mile on the path that leads to the new boardwalk taking us to the undeveloped side of the park where the summit of Arabia Mountain is located. From there, we will hike around the bottom of Arabia Mountain by a small lake and check out where they used to mine gravel. Starting up the mountain and about 3 miles into the hike, we reach the top of Arabia Mountain. Here, Victoria Stamps will lead us in a 45-minute yoga sequence. Once the sequence comes to an end, we will begin our walk down the mountain, back to our cars. Afterwards, please join us for dinner and drinks at Buffalo Wild Wings at Stonecrest Mall. Limit of 10 people. Please contact Sammy to signup sammypadgett@comcast.net or thru our meetup group http://www.meetup.com/Georgia-Sierra-Club/events/220301365/

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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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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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