Woke up this morning, put on freezing cold clothes. If that does not wake you up, nothing will. After the initial shock, all is well.
At night, I have been sleeping with my water filter to prevent it from freezing as well as as liter of water to drink at night or in the morning. Drinking water right from the springs and creeks is amazing, the water tastes so good.
Today, I crossed into North Carolina. It was a fun milestone.
Today I hiked to Standing Indian Shelter. To keep warm or try, just kept hiking at a steady comfortable pace. Slow enough I did not sweat up my clothes too bad. Cold and wet is not fun and it’s a potential hazard also. With that said, I am prepared to handle any situation.
I climbed some elevation today. The higher I went, the colder and more windy it became. I guess that is to be expected. For every 1000 feet one goes up, the temp drops 3.5 degrees on average. I would lift my leg to walk and the wind would blow it someplace different. The snow also stayed on the ground.
So far the only green plants out are the Mountain Laurel and Rhodedendron. Saw some isolated Holy Berry with red berries.
Got to camp, gathered some firewood and socialized with the other hikers there before and early bedtime. Some trail names of people I have talked with are Jack Rabbitt, Laces, Mira Snot Rocket, Ion, Salty Dog.