Category Archives: Slim Tim

Final Thoughts

I don’t have a lot to add to Pilgrim’s post from last night. The weather was obviously nasty and most smart hikers had found their way down off the mountain as evidenced by the large number of hikers we encountered … Continue reading

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Dilemma Time

  After reaching Dick’s Gap last night we were faced with a dilemma.  The trail north of Dick’s continues for over 30 miles with no crossroad or a way to get off the mountain.  Typically that would not be a … Continue reading

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Carry On

Day 1  March 11, 2017 After a restful sleep at the motel in Helen Georgia, Catherine and Alice drove Pilgrim and I out to the trailhead at Unicoi Gap to begin our 2017 hike.  The weather today turned out to … Continue reading

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One Step At A time, One Day At A Time

As Lee mentioned in his previous post, we’re giving it another shot. I think it’s a combination of the restlessness of winter and the hint of spring that got me interested in trying this again. I’ve found that an elastic … 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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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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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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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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And They’re Off

Day one of the hike. Where’s the Mountain Dew machine? This was not a Nebraska walk.  They call these things mountains for a reason. We had a mixture of rain, mist, and fog. The trails were alternately muddy or rocky. Temperature wise … Continue reading

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