So many things to tell y'all about! First and foremost, we are safely tucked away in a little cabin 1/4 mile from the trail. It has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, shower, deck, and most importantly HEAT! For only $60/night; the hostel was $15 per person and we would have had to sleep on bunk beds which will be great farther down the trail but for right now this is what we needed (mentally and to dry out all our gear).
So here's how we got to be where we are now:
Late start out
Sean made it to Gooch Gap (sounds like a Deliverance location) last night, 15.8 mile mark. Said it was a totally insane day.. Winds of 40 mph practically blowing them off the mountains. Pouring rain, muddy trails and overflowing rivers! He crested 3 mountains yesterday and everything he owned was soaked by the time he made it to the shelter. He was able to dry stuff somewhat and was in his tent and fairly comfortable by 730 last night. He said the most remarkable thing is how folks totally help
Updated 03-13-2013 at 20:05 by smsinnh
March 2 marked the official training push for Snacktime and myself. We've committed to a minimum of 3 miles of hiking daily, with increasing pack weights, to prepare ourselves for our first section hike.
There are mountains of gear and food (certainly too much) piled up on the kitchen table awaiting organization. The itineraries and maps need to be printed and waterproofed. The tent and gear need to be sealed and in some cases treated against ticks, and the final water purification
Updated 03-05-2013 at 18:54 by Teacher & Snacktime
Sean drove up to Atlanta on Sunday and was picked up by the hostel hosts. Met another thru hiker from Seattle on the train. Bunked Sunday night in a beautiful hostel about 1 hr from trailhead. Monday AM, hostel served breakfast and dropped the group at the trailhead. Sean hiked about 1 mile to the summit of Springer Mtn, the official start of the AT! Cold, snow and ice covered trail but he was totally psyched for the adventure. Hiked about 10 miles the first day to
Slept it Murphy, NC last night and will head to Springer this morning
Updated 03-02-2013 at 09:59 by ComptonAT
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