BMTA ACTIVITY CALENDAR
BMTA normally schedules four or five hikes per month, some “leisure” hikes that are shorter and easier and some 5 to 8 miles and of moderate difficulty. In addition, we have occasional backpacking hikes and more difficult ones that might be called “hardy hikes.” Occasionally we co-sponsor hikes with other organizations. Some, but not all, of our hikes are “dog friendly.” Although more hikes are in Georgia than the other states, you will find hikes in all three BMT states: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
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TN Work Trip July 24
Where: Section 15b – Six Mile Gap to Tate Gap
When: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Time: 9 AM – 3 PM
Meeting Location: Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center, Tellico Plains, TN
Plan for the Day: We will meet at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center at 9 AM and then drive on several miles of Forest Service gravel roads to the top of Waucheesi Bald. From there, we will clear the access trail from the bald (3,655′ with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains) to Six Mile Gap (3,318′), about a half-mile steeply downhill. We will continue south 1.8 miles on the BMT to Tate Gap (3,057′), site of the Doc Rogers’ old homestead. We will climb up over Cantrell Top (3,604′) on the way to Tate Gap and then return the way we came. Total distance to Tate Gap and back is about 4.5 miles.
This section will need brushing out with gas-powered brushcutters, swingblades, and loppers as well as logging out with chainsaws. Portions of this fairly short section grow over with briers quickly — expect some fairly heavy brushing out.
This is part of the work trip that was cancelled last winter due to heavy rains. The other segment we planned to work on during the winter from Six Mile Gap to Sandy Gap is in perfect condition due to the hard efforts of the Section Maintainer, Rick Parks. Thus we will not need to work on that section at all, but will focus all our attention on the section from Six Mile Gap to Tate Gap..
Post Work Trip Entertainment
At the end of the work day, we will return to the vehicles to enjoy snacks and drinks on top of Waucheesi Bald. We also invite you to join us for supper at one of the restaurants in Tellico Plains. There is a new, excellent Mexican restaurant next to the Exxon Station. Or, if not too crowded, there is the Iron Works Grille.
Lydia Martinez firstname.lastname@example.org (706) 508-3745
Rick Harris email@example.com (423) 253-6358