Day 3 – Onward to Neel Gap

Mileage
AT miles – 32.15
Today’s mileage – 13.1

Equipment all start fir tge day: Trekking Poles. Without them, I wouldn’t have made it up OR down thst mountain.

Bear bags down much easier than they went up and the grouo was off for a crazy planned day….with Blood Mtn at the end!  It coukd be our end.

I’m hiking with a cool crew.
– Karl – the stats guy.  He tells us where all of the uphills are with visual representation via the Guthooks app.
– Keith – Carl’s Dad.  This 71 year old is awesome.  He hike 12 miles days without mudsing s beat.
– Maggie – she’s the one who keeps pushing my pace.  Also, she’s the REI resident expert.

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Photo of the crew

The HIKE
Blood Mountain here we come.  It was a long tough day of hiking.  Hot VERY HOT!  The hike up was uo some very tough terrain.  However, going down was much more treacherous.  Rocks upon rocks upon rocks.

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Blood Mtn Shelter photo

However, I’m so glad it was a sunny day very raining like on Sassafrass Mountain.  I never would have made it.

I can easily see,why Blood Mtn is the AT qualifier…LOL. It is easy to see why people quit after this section.

 

BTW Thank You Drew Wood (Druid) for thr beer after a hard hike.  It was Welcomr to Neel Gap.

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