4/16 Unicoi Gap to Deep Gap Shelter (13.1)

April 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

4/15 Hiawassee (~7)

April 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

60 miles and 5 days finds us in Hiawassee, GA for our first near-o (like a zero day except we had to hike 2 miles).  So far the AT has been a blast.  We’ve witnessed 2 fire disasters, one thunderstorm, and a hungry, ingenious bear yet we’ve somehow managed not to be directly involved with any of them.  We’re traveling with an eclectic band of people who finally named us.  I came out of the trail name game relatively unscathed with ‘chuckles’ (for obvious reasons to those who know me) although Mark got stuck with ‘little spoon’ after unwisely rejecting […]

4/13 Swaim Campground (11)

April 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Today was an adventure. We woke up early full of energy after our easy day and were on top of Blood Mountain by 10:30! The rocky top reminded us of NH and there was a beautiful old shelter from 1938 on top. We descended down into Neels Gap and got our first taste of civilization since beginning – with ice cream and bananas! After spoiling ourselves we kept going and made it to Swaim with a big group by the afternoon.  We all happily sat around the fire with a group who was section hiking and eager for us to […]

4/12 Lance Creek Campground (8)

April 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

We got flooded by a Georgia monsoon last night.  We didn’t so much wake up as remain conscious since we didn’t get a lot of sleep between bailing out the tent and trying to save our down sleeping bags. A few new friends stuck around to lift our spirits in the morning, though, and we were serenaded by a cigar box ukelele while we packed up.  We took today early and dried our things in the afternoon sun.  We had perfect sunny, cool hiking weather and camped along with our group at the edge of the mandatory bear canister zone.  […]

4/11 Gooch Mountain Shelter (13)

April 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

We spent the day trying to outrun a thunderstorm that crept into camp late.  We met a lit of thru hikers on the way who were just as anxious as us to beat the ominous clouds to camp. When we got there the shelter was packed with three dozen or so hikers of all ages and personalities. We started a good fire going and waited for the thunder. The thunder took it’s time coming to the party but one hiker managed to kick off the festivities early when he threw an old discarded brown bag on the fire and we […]

4/10 Amicolola State Park to Stover Creek (11.6)

April 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

All our fretting about cold weather at the beginning felt pretty foolish today. Because the trail is commonly referred to as the Green Tunnel, a lot of people (such as us) failed to bring sunscreen.  However, despite the temperature difference (it was a balmy 75 degrees), Georgian trees are a lot like NH trees in that they lay around dormant until they feel like putting out leaves in mid May. We saw some beautiful views of the mountains today but paid the price with our tender, vitamin deprived winter hides. In camp that night we all looked like a pack […]