Monthly Archives: February 2016

Solo Hiking, But Not Alone

Day 9 … Sunday, February 28 Saying good-bye to my wife once again.  These “steps” mark the trail for about the first climb and then the trail turns into a natural, rugged path.  I left Unicoi Gap at nine and … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Trail

Pilgrim’s wife, Catherine, mentioned last night that it might be a good idea to write an epilogue to my short hike … sort of a “lessons learned.”  My initial thought was that I really didn’t learn anything, other than the … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs of the Trail

Day 6 arrived, after a good nights rest, we left from Neels Gap at a little after 9:00 AM.  We were up and downhills all through the day and hiked 11 miles to Low Gap shelter arriving about 3:44 p.m. … Continue reading

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When Your Body Speaks

Today, we had our longest hike so far, arriving in the late afternoon at Low Point Gap. Pilgrim arrived a good 30 to 60 minutes before me at our planned campsite. It seems that this place is aptly named.  For … Continue reading

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Cleaned Up, Filled Up, Rested Up

Yesterday started out well.  The sky was fairly clear but we ended up walking most of the day in the rain.  When arrived at our campsite the rain was joined by strong winds.  It was very difficult to put up … Continue reading

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We Got That Going For Us

Let’s just say last night was an “experience”!  It got very cold, the snow fell, and the wind blew.  The wind sounded like a freight train coming up from the valley, blowing over our tents, and flowing down the other … Continue reading

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Sunshine, Clouds, Rain, Wind, and Snow

We had a good hike today. Pilgim and I both felt good.  Our lesson for today … the weather can be very unpredictable!  Sunshine, clouds, rain, wind, and snow all in a day’s hike!  At one point I was feeling … Continue reading

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Cabin Beaver and A Back Pack Shake Down

Before we left home, SlimTim was aware of an outfitter on the AT that would look over hikers packs (at no charge) and provide for suggestions for lightening the load.  Turns out we were only a short walk from Mountain … Continue reading

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First and Hopefully Last Shelter Stay

Day three started at Gooch Mountain Shelter.  AT shelters are three-sided wooden “huts”.  Since it was raining fairly hard when we arrived, and heavy rain on the way, we decided to try the shelter.  This one is a double-decker and … Continue reading

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Three Days Up, One Down

We spent last night in Gooch Mountain shelter and I woke up feeling poorly. I didn’t feel real good when I went to bed and the critters of the night didn’t help! This shelter is two levels and you just … Continue reading

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