Days 5-7 On The Trail
Day 5 Hogpen Gap to Blue Mountain Shelter
11.9 mile day with Thunder Snarf, Gilligan, and The Skipper. Hurt my calf about 2 miles before the shelter, but all is good. Said goodbye to Gilligan and The Skipper as their 5 day adventure came to an end. Met back up with Birdseed and Trevor (Ranger) and had a great campfire to end an exhausting day. We had terrible winds and I confirmed the quilt does not work with the underdrafts from the shelters.
Day 6 Blue Mountain Shelter to Addis Gap
13.7 miles hiked today. The first half of the day had an overcast with a slight breeze. Tried to make good timing due to forecasted rain in the afternoon. I hit Tray Mountain Shelter for lunch, and the sun camee through the clouds. I had to stop about 10 times throughout the afternoon to put on and take off my hat and jacket as the temperatures fluctuated greatly. I finally made it to Addis Gap and setup camp around 5pm. I fell asleep around 7pm and slept until 7am waking up only to the sound of rain throughout the night. Im a big fan of the Synthetic over down, and definately kept me warm while getting wet.
Day 7 Addis Gap to Dick’s Creek Gap
Took a Nero day and only hiked 5.4 miles to the Top Of Georgia Shelter. Shelter was booked, so my mom surprised me and booked me a hotel in town for the night. Took a shuttle to town and after a much needed shower, I am spending the day at All You Can Eat Buffet, Hot Tubs, and exploring local stores while relaxing my legs and getting a fresh start in the morning. Will hit NC Tomorrrow
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I’m enjoying reading your posts. Your gear reviews and recommendations are also very helpful – I’d love to read more about your trial and error with gear as you proceed. I was impressed by how light your pack was. We met at Gooch Gap where we hung out around the fire with Lord Gooch. My buddy (Promethius) left his phone at the shelter and Lord Gooch mailed it back.