I received a call from my buddy “Slim Tim” a week or so ago. Seems like he’s heard the siren call of the AT and is ready to hit the trail again. Thanks to my understanding wife, I have agreed to do a sectional hike with him, from Unicoi Gap in Georgia to Fontana Dam in North Carolina. Hiking in sections is known by AT hikers as a Flip-Flop hike.
This will be a hike of approximately 100 miles. We plan to leave on Saturday, March 10, 2017 – exactly one year to the day that I came off the trail at Fontana Dam!
I am trying to lighten my load this time with a Big Agnes 1-person tent weighing 2 lbs 1 oz and a Back Country Quilt sleeping bag weighing 1 lb 14 oz. The sleeping bag has less insulation (thus cooler) than the 5-degree mummy bag I used last year. Sleeping was a problem for me last year and I am counting on this quilt and a nightly prayer to help me sleep.
I will try avoid using the same pictures from last year and I apologize ahead of time if you have a moment of Déjà vu.