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    Default Day 1 Fontana to Mollies

    Hello all, first post. I am making my first trip on the AT in SMNP next month. Day 1 will be going from Fontana to Mollies Shelter. The AT Thru Hikers Companion lists the distance as 11 miles, but, given the large altitude change, I realize that it is going to be a much longer day than would normally be expected for this distance. What would be an estimated travel time to use to plan for the hike?

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    If this is your first hiking trip on the AT, allow yourself a good portion of the day to get to Mollie's Ridge. It's a pretty steady climb up to Shuckstack, where you can take a break and take a little side trip to the fire tower if you want. After Shuckstack, the trail is up and down until you climb up onto Mollie's Ridge. Have a good hike!!

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    8-9 hours for me. I'm slow on long climbs.
    Fear ridges that are depicted as flat lines on a profile map.

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    Hey, thanks for getting right back to me gentlemen, much help. I was guessing it was as much as a 10 hour trip but had no real way of knowing how accurate this was.

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    1 mph is not unreasonable.
    Fear ridges that are depicted as flat lines on a profile map.

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    We found the initial climb to be pretty slow, but we were dragging a teenager. It's a long, steady uphill to Shuckstack.
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    Hope you have reservations for the shelters.

    Enjoy and take your time!







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    I would plan on 1mph. It's was a long day for me.

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