The First Days on Trail

Day 1

The first day was mostly a travel day with a bit of hiking later on. I took a 6 a.m. flight from Boston and met another thru-hiker named Bad Mash. He has already done a Triple Crown and is doing the AT again with Topo to finish his triple. Got on trail in the way afternoon thanks to a ride from Cal’s uncle. I got hiker tag number 573, then started the Approach Trail up to Springer. The weather was perfect as Will and I summited Springer to officially start the trail. We ended up camping only three more miles down the trail.

Day 2

Spent the day walking in the rain. Got some great trail magic in one of the gaps consisting of lots of Pop-Tarts and other sweet snacks. Had some more trail magic in a cooler with Snickers and coffee at Woody Gap. I camped for the night just north of there.

Day 3

Woke in the morning to realize that I had set up my rainfly inside out, so everything was drenched. Did a quick 11 miles to Mountain Crossings at Neel Gap, and decided to stay the night to allow all of my gear to dry out. I had to buy a new headlamp since mine had decided to stop working. During the afternoon, I ate a couple of pizzas from the store and got to spend some time hanging out with IB TAT.

Day 4

I woke up before sunrise, and started making miles. Later in the day I met up with Rain Dance, who is about my age and also from Maine. We were going good and ended up doing 28 miles. A couple of miles before where we were sheltering for the night we were greeted by some amazing trail magic of sausages, fresh fruit, and drinks.

Day 5

Was walking before sunrise again today so that we could get into Hiawassee at a reasonable time to resupply. At Dicks Creek Gap there was trail magic waiting, and as he was running out of food, we were offered a ride into town. I am currently writing this from just outside of the Ingles in Hiawassee, Georgia.

Feature image courtesy Colleen Goldhurn.

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Comments 2

  • Cheryl Damon : Mar 8th

    Way to go, Ben!! You are off to a great start! I am looking forward to reading your blog as you get more miles under your belt!! Wish I lived closer so I could join you for a few miles! Happy Trails! Aunt Cher

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