6th SEHHA Trip!
- It's time for our first SouthEast Hammock Hangers Association campout
of 2004!!! You don't want to miss this one--it's an easy Saturday
night at a commerical campground! That's right, no hiking--this is
car camping at its' best, so no one has an excuss to miss it. We're
hoping this site will become an annual Spring event--another reason
not to let this one pass you by.
6th SHHA Campout
Rainbow Springs Campground
Saturday March 27, 2004
Join us for the 6th Southeast Hammock Hangers Association campout on
Saturday, March 27, 2004. It's FREE, except for your camping fee!
This is an informal group event and everyone is welcome--veteran,
novice or future hammockers. See, learn and share your knowledge
with other hammock enthusiasts. This will be an easy overnight
campout at a commercial campground in a beautiful mountain setting at
3,700 feet elevation near the Appalachian Trail in western North
Carolina. Join me, Ed Speer, author of the Hammock Camping book and
editor of the Hammock Camping Newsletters for a fun early-spring
campout. Previous trips were run in February, April, September,
November and December last year and this is another chance for
hammockers to show their stuff, share ideas, learn from others, and
be a part of the 'new way'. Meet old friends and make new ones!
Check out the newest stay-warm gear! Everyone will be responsible
for his or her own transportation, gear, food and behavior; as well
as camping fees.
We will camp in the Rainbow Springs Campground only 15 minutes drive
west of Franklin, NC on US 64. The campground is located 1/2 mile
east of US 64 on the Old Murphy Road (Old 64)--sign at intersection
says Wallace Gap and Standing Indian). The campground is situated on
the Nantahala River on the west flank of Standing Indian Mountain,
which is a memorable landmark on the Appalachian Trail. Road access
to the campground is from Franklin or Murphy, NC--complete auto, food
and lodging accommodations can be found in either town. Bring
hammock stands if you have them--we will also provide stands.
Show up anytime and leave anytime, but don't miss the informal
Saturday afternoon demos (~4 to 6 pm). We will later fix dinner
together. Upon arrival, check in at the campground office.
Find complete campground details and driving directions at:
Located only one mile west of Wallace Gap, the campground is a
popular stop for hikers on the AT. In addition to the camp store,
hikers this year will find a new outfitter store! (Mountain Crossings
Outpost--operated by the popular outfitter at Neel's Gap, GA).
Early spring temperatures at this elevation can fluctuate wildly, so
expect daytime temps of 25-600F and nighttime temps of 10-400F.
Although unlikely, the campout will be cancelled if ice or snow
creates dangerous driving conditions--each person should make their
own wise decisions.
There are plenty of spectacular trails in this area for folks looking
for more adventure before or after the weekend--hiking, kayaking,
fishing, waterfalls, etc!
Some useful Appalachian Trail information can be found at the web
http://www.appalachiantrail.org/ Appalachian Trail Conference
http://www.nps.gov/appa/ National Park AT
http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_trail/appalach.htm GORP AT
http://georgiatrails.com/features/apptrail.html Georgia Trails AT
http://georgiatrails.com/trails/southterm.html Access Trail--
Amicalola Falls SP
http://www.fred.net/kathy/at.html Appalachian Trail facts
http://www.rhodesmill.org/thefox/maps.html Nat'l Park Service AT maps
Signing up is not necessary, but letting me know will be appreciated--
you may email me at: ed@... or call (828) 724-4444
Everyone Welcome! ....Ed "Not To Worry" Speer
- Anyone interested in tacking on a 2 nighter to this trip? I was
thinking about getting up there earlier, say Thursday noon and hiking
from the Standing Indian Cmapground backcountry parking lot, up the
Kimsey Creek Trail to Standing Indian Shelter. The next day hike the
AT around to Albert Mtn to the shelter and then Saturday morning hike
back to the car at the parking lot.
Anyone else interested? It is an easy hike with the challenge of
climbing up Albert Mtn. Good for that first warmup hike of the year.