Spring 2017 AT hike, day #9

Sunday, May 21, 2017Start: Tellico Gap End: Rock Gap Miles: 23.1 I was up this morning at 6:10am and ready to leave by 7am. Unfortunately, due to some confusion around shuttling this morning, I didn’t get to Tellico Gap until around 8:45am. It started raining last night and then poured rain until around 2pm today. … Continue reading Spring 2017 AT hike, day #9

Spring 2017 AT hike, day #7

Friday, May 19, 2017Start: Fontana Dam shelterEnd: Sassafras Gap Shelter Miles: 21.9 Today I woke up around 6:10am and headed out by 6:55am. I climbed from the shelter (1853′) up to ~3800′ and then descended down to Cable Gap Shelter (2878′). I climbed up to Brushnell knob (3928′), past Brown Fork Gap Shelter (3813′), up … Continue reading Spring 2017 AT hike, day #7

Spring 2017 AT hike, day #6

Thursday, May 18, 2017Start: Derrick Knob shelterEnd: Fontana Dam shelter Miles: 23.9 I woke up at 6:10am and left the shelter this morning at 7am. From the shelter (4882′), I climbed over Thunderhead Mountain (5527′), past Rocky Top (5440′) and Spence Field shelter (4916′), and then down to Russell Field Shelter (4348′). I descended to … Continue reading Spring 2017 AT hike, day #6

Spring 2017 AT hike, day #5

Wednesday, May 17, 2017Start: Newfound Gap/Gatlinburg End: Derrick Knob shelterMiles: 17.8 After a nice evening in town, I got to bed around 10pm. I was up this morning at 6am and my shuttle picked me up at 7am. I was on trail by 7:30am. From Newfound Gap (5045′), I climbed past Mt Collins (6187′), descended … Continue reading Spring 2017 AT hike, day #5

Spring 2017 AT hike, day #4

Tuesday, May 16, 2017Start: Tri-Corner ShelterEnd: Newfound Gap/Gatlinburg, THMiles: 15.1 (+~3 miles in town) Surprisingly, I got a mostly decent night’s sleep. People settled down by ~8:45pm. I was up by 6:10am, and on trail by 7am. I climbed up Mt Chapman (6216′), dipped down to ~5800′, skirted the summit of Mt Sequoyah (5945′), and … Continue reading Spring 2017 AT hike, day #4