Carolina Mountain Club Announces Two New Challenges

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Carolina Mountain Club turns 90 this year. The club was started in 1923 after it split off from the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston. To celebrate, the CMC Challenge committee has announced two new hiking challenges. We’re hikers. What better way to celebrate a birthday!

The basic idea is to do the 92 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 130 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail maintained by the club starting in 2013. As with all CMC challenges, you’ll report when you did the individual hikes but you’re on the honor system. As you learned in school, if you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself. However, Challenge committee members will check for reasonableness.

If you’ve done it some or all of these sections, you’ll need to do them again. How long you have to accomplish these challenges are still being debated by the club. But the message is clear; Start hiking. 

“90 in 90” Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Challenge
CMC maintains 92 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Davenport Gap to Spivey Gap (going trail north). An award will be given to hikers completing the 93 miles of Appalachian Trail maintained by Carolina Mountain Club. This challenge will commemorate and highlight the club’s responsibility for maintenance and oversight of 92.7 miles of A.T. section. Here are some guidelines:

-No minimum hiking distance for individual hikes required. Mileage may be accumulated in unlimited number of hikes.

-Mileage hiked must be traveled by foot only starting on January 1, 2013. Hikes you’ve done before don’t count.

-Hikes may be completed alone, or pieced together during CMC hikes. 

Successful challenge completers will be awarded a special 2013 CMC 90th anniversary “90 in 90” patch and certificate.

CMC Mountains-To-Sea (MST) 130 Challenge
CMC maintains about 130 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, now between Waterrock Knob and Black Mountain Campground, past Mt. Mitchell State Park (going trail east).

-No minimum hiking distance for individual hikes required; mileage may be accumulated in unlimited number of hikes.

-Mileage hiked must be traveled by foot only starting January 1, 2013. Hikes you’ve done before don’t count for this challenge.

-Hikes may be completed alone, or pieced together during CMC hikes. 

-Successful challenge completers will be awarded special 2013 CMC 90th anniversary “MST 130” patch and certificate.

So start hiking and keep a record of the section you did, the date and who (if anyone) you did it with. More details will come out soon.

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