Originally Posted by blackbishop351
Slowhike, have you thought about the Springer trip over new years? I'm considering it...kinda depends on a couple of things though. I don't know how well I'll be cold-prepared by then, and I don't know how easily I can get away with two trips in the same month (since I'm going to Rogers)
My wife understands, but doesn't like me to be gone for days at a time...
i went to springer last new years, but it`s a long drive... almost like a days work, just to get there. and then back home.
i hate to say it when some of these guys are driving so far to get to mt rogers, but i really hate driving more than maybe 3 & 1/2 hrs for one night, unless it`s a really special event (like this groups 1st cold campout).
when i drove to springer last year, i made the mistake of taking 85 toward atlanta, then turned north to get to springer.
the last stretch was over an hour on a gravel mt road. it took about 8 hrs driving time to get there.
on the way back i followed ed speer & karen north up through the mountains to I40. that was better, but it still took about 6 hrs driving time.
i parked in a large parking area about a 1/4 mile walk from the springer shelter.
it`s really more like an outdoor party & since i left my partying behind more than 20 years ago, it`s just not worth it for me<g>.
but i may go somewhere closer for one or two nights, like linville gorge.
i`d be glad to share a campsite w/ you. i`m just not into long hikes (foot troubles), but if you wanted to see more you could always do day hikes.