Date(s) - Mon, Aug. 21
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Catch #totality of the solar eclipse from 5,560 feet up on top of the highest point in the Unicoi Mountains.
No experience required.
Register Online By
5:30pm, Thursday, August 17
$19. Includes all equipment, instruction, and transportation
The last time the lower 48 states saw a total solar eclipse was in 1979! But you can’t see the complete (100%) eclipse (called the totality) here on campus. You must head west or south.
Travel in new UT passenger vans with other UT students, faculty, and staff to the 4th highest point in NC. Hiking to the summit high point is easy enough – just about anyone can do the 2.4 mile roundtrip hike, with minimal elevation gain (only 400 feet).
The summit offers wide open views of the valleys and a long duration of totality at 2 minutes and 30 seconds (i.e. the sun is fully covered by the moon for that long).
The trip allows enough time to hike in, and setup with camp chairs (bring your own), crazy creeks, towels, blankets, or a grassy spot to lay on. We’ll hang out until the full eclipse passes and then start the hike back while the partial eclipse slowly wanes overhead.
This trip is for you if you:
Have never seen a full solar eclipse
Haven’t been to the 4th highest peak in NC
Love seeing one of nature’s finest shows
This trip is not for you if you:
Can’t hike on rough, uneven terrain
How to register for a trip
sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area or . You can pay with Mastercard, Visa, cash, check, or Vol Card, .
What does the trip cost include?
When you pay for a trip, you get all equipment, transportation, and instruction, On overnight trips, you also get plenty of tasty food and camping included.
Need to know about trip refunds? Experience Levels? Other things?
Learn about refund policies, experience levels, bringing a guest, and other general trip information here.