Day 17

I woke up this morning and it was so foggy and humid. I could not see 100 feet in the fog. Had some minor condensation in my tent last night, but nothing major. Also, a large tree fell over in the forest maybe around 10 p.m., it was not near camp but people in camp easily heard it.

Hiked into the Nantahala Outdoor Center, which is right on the trail to do a food resupply. The outfitter opens at 9 a.m. and the general store at 10 a.m. A few hikers were there waiting for them to open. I got the food I needed. It’s a resort kind of, but it also has a white water training course. Several Olympians work here and they held the white water kayak world championships here a few years ago. Pretty neat.

Today, I went straight up all day, gaining 3,000 feet of elevation. A guy named Cyclops hiked with me for half the day. We had some nice views for a little while. Big landscape views and views on a smaller scale too.

While hiking, I came across a memorial to a firefighter who died fighting a fire on the AT.

Then rain came and the temperatures started dropping once I got to camp at Sassafras Gap Shelter. I have a nice little tent site next to a small creek. If the rain stops, might have a little fire tonight, not betting on it though. It sounds like there will be some snow tonight, nothing major. At least I have not been given a shovel and told to shovel the trail, not yet anyways!

I read this afternoon, that there is a winter storm warning for Great Smokey Mountains National Park today and tomorrow. I am a few days from there and will make informed decisions about when to enter the park, which has the highest elevations on the AT.

3 thoughts on “Day 17

  1. 3,000′ is a good climb, hopefully it was over five or ten miles, or more! Dense fog like than is kinda neat, just because it’s kinda rare to see it. You had a good photo a few days back with all the nearby trees clear w/ dark branches, and then heavy fog behind hid everything else. I like the fog!

    Nice spider hole photo too. I wouldn’t want whatever lived down that hole in my tent at night…ouch! Nice memorial to Wade Sutton, the deceased firefighter. Tough job! I took a grandson to see ‘Only the Brave,’ the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, where 19 of 20 team members died in a fire down in AZ… we had a long conversation about it after the movie.

    My friend Sharkbait was at Sassafras Gap a couple of days ago, so you guys will cross paths soon… and maybe many times over the next few months. He’s probably on his way up to Clingmans Dome. Hope that snow and cold doesn’t materialize, or at least isn’t too bad. Good luck J as you head that way!

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  2. Kris Wilcox Hoeke March 21, 2018 — 12:51 am

    Hi Jason, just wanted to let you know I am so enjoying your Daily Posts and awesome pictures! I feel privileged to be able to follow along with you on your adventure and am so happy you are doing it! Sending you good thoughts and prayers for great experiences every day.

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    1. Thank you Kris! I wish you the best.


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