Monthly Archives: April 2016

Day 8 on the Appalachian Trail

Up early with almonds and Nutella for breakfast. I headed out on the ridge more or less level at first then descending steeply. The trail featured steep drops, lots of rocks and plenty of root snares. The four-mile trip to the Nantahala River and the Nantahala Outdoor Center wore me out. But by the time…
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Day 7 on the Appalachian Trail

I got a slow start today with only 17 miles planned to Wesser Bald shelter. I said good bye to 'Topher who gave a pint of water yesterday evening and who camped near me. The AT headed downhill toward Wayah Gap. Near Wayah Road I heard nearly constant rifle fire as if a shooting range…
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Day 6 on the Appalachian Trail

Up at 6:45 am and on the trail quickly after oatmeal for breakfast. I gained elevation moderately thru thickets of rhododendron and mountain laurel (no flowers). I got water from a stream and met another hiker, Wally, with whom I had dinner yesterday. We walked and chatted for 2 miles to Betty Creek Gap. Wally…
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Day 5 on the Appalachian Trail

Up early and on the trail at 7:15 am. After a short climb the trail offered no major climbs or descents for 11 miles. The birds sang loudly making up for silence in yesterday's rain. At mile 78.5, I left Georgia and entered North Carolina.  At mile 81.5, I passed the vacant Muskrat Creek shelter.…
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