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White Nose Syndrome is Killing Thousands of Bats

Some of you may know that the caves in White Oak Sinks have been closed due to white nose syndrome.

It's pretty bad. You can read about it here.

Hike - Fort Loudon State Park - Friday December 3, 2010

Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center Friday, December 3, 2010

Note change in hike destination, due to hunting season.

Fort Loudoun State Park (.5 hour drive)
Distance: Approximately 5 miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Rating: Easy
Activities: Hiking, photography
Leader: Curt Sheldon 458-8510 curt_sheldon@bellsouth.net

This is a circle hike following the lake shore. There should be nice views of the lake and mountains with the leaves off the trees. The visitors center and the fort itself are also worthy of a visit after the hike.

Wilderness Week - Overnight

Fellow hikers, please email Bob Kutschera if you have already or when you place your reservations with the Red Roof Inn in Pigeon Forge for Wilderness Week.

In case we have to send out an announcement to those who will be there, it will help to have the reservation information (name and dates reserved).

As we get closer to Wilderness Week we will send out more information regarding the planned hikes.

Happy Thanksgiving

Bob Kutschera
bkkutch@yahoo.com

The Tellico Village Hiking Club is planning the 2011 Wilderness Week overnight with hikes including the annual hike (Old Sugerlands/Twin Creeks/Gatlinburg with lunch at The Best Little Italian Restaurant in Gatlinburg).

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at bkkutch@yahoo.com.
Wilderness Week Website: http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events_winterfest_wilderness.aspx

Bob Kutschera

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Hike - Joyce Kilmer Loop/Huckleberry Bald , Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Joyce Kilmer Loop/Huckleberry Bald
Distance: Approximately: Joyce Kilmer 2 miles / Huckleberry Knob 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain: Joyce Kilmer 500' / Huckleberry Bald 400'
Rating: Easy
Driving Time: 1.5 Hours
Leader: Chris Campbell 458-8087

Hike Ramsay Cascades - November 17, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Ramsay Cascades
Distance: Approximately 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2100'
Rating: Difficult
Driving Time: 2 Hours
Information: Curt Sheldon 458-8510

Hike through virgin forest to a 90' cascade, the highest waterfall accessible by trail in the National Park. The trail follows first the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River and then Ramsay Prong.

Hiking boots and hiking stick(s) are recommended. Bring water and a trail lunch.

Hike Spence Field via Anthony Creek/Bote Mountain Trails - October 9

NOTE DATE CHANGE --- Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Spence Field via Anthony Creek/Bote Mountain Trails (1.5 hour drive)
Distance: 10.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 3000 ft.
Rating: Strenuous
Activities: Hiking, photography
Leader: Bob Stewart 458-3727 rlsmks@gmail.com

This is an in and out hike to one of the outstanding places on the crest of the Smokies. Spence Field sits at 5000 ft. elevation and is covered with long grasses, blueberry bushes and serviceberry trees. One of the backcountry shelters is also located there.

Overnight Event - October 26 and 27, 2010

HIKING CLUB OCTOBER, 2010
OVERNIGHT EVENT

Dates: October 26 and 27, 2010

Accommodations/Details:
Comfort Inn, Newport, TN 423-623-5355 choicehotels.com. Contracted rate is $54.00 plus tax per room. Please mention the Tellico Village Hiking Club when making reservations to guarantee the rate.

Directions to Comfort Inn, Newport, TN:
I-40 towards Ashville, NC – Exit 432B. Take exit ramp and the hotel will be on the right in less than ¼ mile.

Planned Hikes:
Tuesday Hike October 26th:

Hike Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - September 24, 2010

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (2.25 hour drive)
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 600 ft. Elevation Drop 1200 ft.
Rating: Moderate
Activities: Hiking, photography
Leader: Curt Sheldon 458-8510 curt_sheldon@bellsouth.net

This circle hike follows a series of trails (including Daniel Boone and The Wilderness Road) within a section of the National Park. We will be in three states: TN, KY and VA. There are great views, historical sites, and two caves along the route.

The Linda Dawe Memorial Hike - September 8,2010

The Linda Dawe Memorial Hike
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Benton Falls (1½ hour drive)
Distance: 6 miles
Rating: Easy
Activities: Hiking, photography
Leader: Bev Hawkins 458-9708 bevhawkins@aol.com

We will hike a 6 mile loop to see beautiful 65 ft. Benton Falls. This will be our Linda Dawe Memorial hike, so tie on your black bandanna (or some will be available if you need one). The trailhed is in the Chilhowee Recreation Area. There is a $3 per car charge for parking or $1.50 if you have a National Park pass.

Man Walks Amazon River

First man to walk Amazon River. 859 days. Survives stuff. Finally gets back to England for a pint.

Here's the story.

Hike Sinking Creek - August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

Sinking Creek (East Lakeshore) Trail
Distance: Approximately 6 miles
Rating: Easy
Driving Time: 30 Minutes
Leader: Curt Sheldon 458-8510

This trail follows Sinking Creek to the lake and then passes along the lake shore opposite the
Toqua neighborhood. We plan to hike about 3 miles out and then return to the cars by about
noon. We will stop for a snack about 4 miles into the hike.

Hike South Fork of Citico Creek - August 27,2010

Friday August 27, 2010
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center

South Fork of Citico Creek
Distance: Approximately 4.5 miles (round trip)
Rating: easy to moderate
Driving Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Leader: Phil Baker 408-2410

The trailhead is located just south of Indian Boundary in the Citico Creek Wilderness area. The
trail initially traverses a slope above Citico creek and winds down to connect to and old roadbed
which will lead to the intersection of the North and South forks of Citico Creek. We will follow

Saving Fresh Water Animals

Here's a link to a National Geographic article about saving fresh water animals. The story centers on a Knoxville non-profit, Conservation Fisheries, Inc and their efforts to keep some of the rarest fresh water species alive. It's a wonderful story in a remarkable National Geographic issue dedicated to water.

Check it out.

Rich Mountain Loop 3/31/2010

We had a beautiful day for a hike.

Here are Gail's pictures:

Turtlecreek

Turtletown Creek Hike
Pictures courtesy of Marianthe:

Hike Snow Falls in Laurel Snow Wilderness - Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Snow Falls in Laurel Snow Wilderness
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Rating: Moderate to Strenuous with 1575 feet of elevation gain
Driving Time: 1.5 Hours
Leader: Bev Hawkins 408-2410

Hike Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness - Friday April 23, 2010

Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness
Distance: Approximately 8 miles
Rating: Difficult/Strenuous with 800 feet of elevation gain
Driving Time: 1.5 Hours
Leader: Larry Peck 408-1677 lap44@aol.com

This trail is an undiscovered jewel through a remote, pristine pocket wilderness in the South Cumberland Plateau. The trail is one of the most interesting and beautiful trails in Tennessee, featuring scenic overlooks, waterfalls and cascades, including the Virgin Falls, where a robust stream emerges from a cave and crashes 110 feet into a sinkhole.

Rich Mountain Loop Cancelled and RESCHEDULED

We decided not to hike March 26. It was cold, cloudy and threatening rain. We've rescheduled to Wednesday March 31. Leaving 8am from the visitor center.

East Lake Shore Feb. 26 2010

About a dozen of us hiked East Lake Shore Trail on Friday, Feb 26, 2010. It started clear and cold but ended not so cold and sunny. This trail is always a joy to hike in the winter time. The views of Tellico Village are excellent. Kudos to the trail builders who keep the kiosks well stocked with trail information and the trail clear of hazards.

Here are some pictures. Note the dead fish. It got too cold for these fish this winter in Tennessee. They wish they had retired to Florida. The seagulls are feasting.

February 26, 2010 Hike has been changed to East Lake Shore

Due to icy conditions on Sugarland Mountain Trail, we will be hiking East Lake Shore Trail instead. See you Friday at 8am.