Day 12

Today made it to Carter Gap Shelter for the night. I had some really nice views climbing Standing Indian Mountain. Depending on which side of the mountain I was on it was either sunny and warm or sunny and cool with strong winds.

Sometime in the last few years, there was a sizable forest ground fire on and around Standing Indian Mountain. I got to thinking about how I believe most people want to put out forest fires. If it is a naturally caused fire, I am in favor of letting them burn where lives are not in immediate danger. They are a part of nature, they help burn debris which means bigger fires are less likely in that area. Plus the fires help return nutrients to the soil and improve wildlife habitat longer term. In addition, fighting forest fires is dangerous business, why risk the lives of firefighters where I believe it may be unwarranted.

The trail was pretty well maintained. There was one area that was wet mud for maybe a quarter mile. It was slick, one wrong slip would send you rolling off trail, no cliffs. Plenty of trees to stop a person from rolling too far. Hahaha. It is funny to me anyways.

In two days, I will be going into Franklin, North Carolina for a rest day, food resupply, shower. Staying at a hostel named Baltimore Jacks Place. Baltimore Jack was a legend on the trail. He passed away not that long ago I believe.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading and commenting on this blog. It is a nice way to keep in touch with people and I enjoy it. Cell service is spotty, so if I do not get back to you right away, I will as soon as I can.

11 thoughts on “Day 12

  1. Alright so I had to read up on Baltimore Jack. Made it 8 times tru the Appalachian Mountains ⛰. And at my age I’d say he died young. Should be interesting staying at his place I’m sure you will hear plenty about Jack.

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  2. Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Enjoying every minute of it. Let me know if you have a recommendation on the sleeping bag versus blanket cover for warmth. Wet and cold are my nightmare.

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    1. I have a quilt with me, a 20 degree. It does not seem to be as warm as a 20 degree bag. When the weather is warmer, I am betting the quilt will be better than a bag. I wear long johns and a hat to bed and do fine. Just my experience so far.

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  3. I agree with you on your position regarding a fire that occurred naturally in nature, it should be allowed to burn itself out.
    The area you are in today looks rather barren, without any foliage, it looks like it would be a good opportunity to spot any wildlife, have you seen anything interesting? How high up on the mountain are you?
    “upward & onward ” Have a great evening, love the pictures, keep them coming.

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    1. Have not seen much wildlife yet.

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  4. Enjoyong your blog J. Kind of nice to see what my daughter is going into, as she is about 4 days behind you. Also enjoying your pics.
    Dave

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    1. Thank you! I wish her well.

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  5. Looks like a pretty cool trip Jason! Enjoying the play by play on your blog!

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  6. Awesome. Thanks for sharing. I will be in Franklin, North Carolina on St. Patrick’s day. Will most likely eat there and find a belt, as my pants no longer fit, to be very subtle about it. Haha

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  7. Very proud of you as always

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