Category Archives: Appalachian trail

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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Day 4 on the Appalachian Trail

Yesterday, just as I went to bed, the heavens erupted with a deluge. It continued all night. Happily, I stayed dry and warm in my tent. This morning I ate breakfast and set forth in the rain. The elevation gain was not too taxing. I slogged along and my poncho did its job. About 5…
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Day 3 on the Appalachian Trail

On the trail early after my soaked oatmeal. I dropped down to Hogpen Gap, crossed a highway and waked through the woods with only minor ups and downs for 4.6 miles to Low Gap Shelter. Nobody was stirring. Easy walking for the next 8 miles mostly on a road. Flat and smooth with few rocks.…
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Day 2 on the Appalachian Trail

Up at 7am and on the trail after eating soaked oatmeal for breakfast. I said goodbye to Christina and Marge then headed down to Woody Gap. After a stop at the bathroom, I headed uphill. In 1.5 miles, I got water at a spring. In 2 more miles, I came to Lance Cl and got…
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