Dicks Creek to Muskrat Shelter

6 May 17

AT Mile marker – 81.1
Daily – 11.8
Time – 6hr 10 min
Speed – 1.91mph

Equipment highlight of the day is: my Enlightened Equipment Revelation.  It is keeping me warn right now in these cold wet conditions.

Good thing Shauna was leading the way because we arrived at the shelter just before the rush and got the last spots.  With the projected rain and low dipping temps (low 30s), it’s good to be early to the shelter.

Therefore, Shauna is my inspiration of the day.  She was tackling those almost 5000ft mountains pulling us behind her right up even with her feet covered with blisters.

The Buzzard Knob and Courthouse Bald kicked our arse!  They were both quick climbs up steep ascents.  Difficult to put it mildly.  Especially after slack packing yesterday.

BTW Slack packing is when carry a day bag vs your full big bag.  You get shuttled to a trailhead and hit a section.

I really enjoyed crossing the NC GA border today.  It gave a real since of accomplishment. One state down with 13 to go.


Once the rain started, the traffic into the shelter grows quickly.  Everyone wants a spot so that they don’t have to setup their tent in the rain.  Tonight a few of the hikers tarped in the open area of the shelter to sleep on the dirt floor.  I’m all about those hikers keeping warm and safe.


I had already been getting some rest.  Trying to stay – read get – warm.  So today is the day I say I screwed up not bringing my puffy jacket.  It was a last minute decision to not carry it…dumb, dumb, dumb!

As for now, my quilt is keeping me warm.  I hope it does at 3am.

So here tonight in the shelter is: Shauna, Maggie, me, Birthday, D, Old Guy, Tie Die, Bushmaster and Magic Mike.  Also, we have Jill and Mars (2 dogs) here as well.

As my friends know, I’m not a dog person.  So where does Jill, the dog, want to hang out….at my feet!


Also here tenting is: the New Zealand girls, General Hendrix and Phantom to name a few.

Tomorrow is supposed to be cold, but sunny.  So hopefully I’ll make it to the Carter Gap Shelter.

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