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{Other Trips} Feb-14-2015: Beltline Bike Ride

DATE: Saturday, February 14, 2015. TIME: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. LEVEL: Easy. LOCATION: 151 Sampson Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA. DESCR: Beginner / fun bike ride along the belt line, Piedmont Park, and surrounding paths that will be done Amazing Race style. Clues and easy group or team challenges make the morning fun with a bike ride included. Start location at Beltline bikes 404/588-9930 http://atlantabeltlinebicycle.com/. They open at 10 AM, rentals are $20/day, first come - first serve if you need a bike. Ride starts at 10:30, Lunch afterwards at nearby restaurant. - This is a leisurely, no drop ride - A small tool kit and a spare tube or patch kit is recommended. - There are bathrooms and a water fountain along the way - Please make sure you are ready to go by 10:30 - The ride will be rescheduled if rain is forecast or the temperatures aren't forecast to be above 40 degrees by 10:00 AM - Helmets are mandatory. No helmet, no ride. LEADER: Terri Lyde - 678-770-9664 lydeterri@bellsouth.net

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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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{Dayhikes} Feb-07-2015: Winter Hike

DATE: Saturday, February 7, 2015. TIME: 9:00 AM. LEVEL: Strenuous. DESCR: Moderate, 9-mile hike from Springer Mt parking to Amicalola Falls Visitors Center. LIMIT: 8 participants. We will park across from the visitors center at Amicalola Falls State Park and take a shuttle to the parking area on Springer Mt. (Shuttle Cost $13.00 per person) We will begin by hiking one mile south on the AT toward the top of Springer Mountain. After taking time to visit the oldest shelter on the AT in Georgia, we will continue hiking to the start of the A.T. where hundreds of hikers will begin their attempt to through hike each spring. We will continue eight more miles on the *Approach Trail* passing Black MT. Gap shelter, Nimblewood Gap and crossing Frosty Mountain. This is a pretty trail and the beginning for most through hikers. This trail south bound has some short moderate sections but nothing too hard. To RSVP, contact Linda Sealey via email - bimmy@bellsouth.net

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{Dayhikes} Feb-07-2015: Orchids and the Zoo

DATE: Saturday, February 7, 2015. TIME: 10:00 AM. LEVEL: Easy. LOCATION: Columbia, SC. DESCR: We will eat lunch in Columbia then view spectacular orchids followed by an afternoon at the Riverbanks Zoo. Great family fun! Admission $13.95/person. To RSVP, contact Cathy at sonnyandcathyblack@gmail.com

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{Dayhikes} Feb-21-2015: Horn Creek Trail Hike

DATE: Saturday, February 21, 2015. TIME: 10:00 AM. DESCR: Moderate hike on the Horn Creek Trail for 5 miles. Contact Cathy at sonnyandcathyblack@gmail.com for meetup location.

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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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{Dayhikes} Jan-31-2015: Vogel State Park to Blood Mtn

DATE: Saturday, January 31, 2015. TIME: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Time Tentative). LEVEL: Strenuous. LOCATION: Vogel State Park, Chattahoochee National Forest, 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville, GA 30512. DESCR: A Winter hike from Vogel State Park up to Blood Mountain via the Coosa Loop, Duncan Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trails. We will have lunch on top of Blood Mtn at the CCC Shelter. We will return to Vogel via the same trails, but take the parallel Bear Hair trail with a short loop trail to the Lake Trahlyta overlook on the return. Bring gloves, warm hats, good boots and layers of clothing as we enjoy the woods in the winter. The trail is generally moderate except for a steep uphill in mile 2. We will take a moderate pace. Hiking poles will be helpful, especially if we have snow or ice. The hike is approximately 9 miles with 2200 feet of elevation gain. LIMIT: 10. Register with Lee Graham, leegrah3@gmail. Registration Required before January 29, 2015 9:00 PM

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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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