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  1. Day 12: Not a fan of the cold

    Didnít sleep too badly. Was a little cold to start but warmed up quickly. Getting up however was not fun. My hands were so cold that they hurt when I had to put my tent up. Once I broke camp and got moving it was better. It was 10 miles to Plumorchard Gap Shelter. Last night I kept dreaming about copperhead snakes. In my AT guide book, it mentions there is a copperhead nest in one of the stumps. I met a ridge runner along the trail and they assured me it was too cold for snakes. But of course I ...

    Updated Yesterday at 18:05 by aklarsen11

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  2. Day 11: Measured Improvement

    Got back on trial about 9:30, with 11.2 miles to Addas Gap. It was a cold morning and played the layer game all day. Jacket on, jacket off, gloves on, gloves off. Stop take a break, everything back on. Had a spring in my step because my right knee had zero pain. Hooray! Made into camp at 4:30. Last time I had similar miles, I got into camp closer to 6:30. Itís exciting to see improvement. Earlier night due to cold. Hopefully, Iíll sleep comfortably.

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    Updated Yesterday at 17:58 by aklarsen11

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  3. Day 10: Relaxing in Town

    Very glad with my decision to stay another day in town. Itís very cold and windy in Hiawassee, canít imagine being on the mountain in this. Switched over to the Budget Inn for the night since its cheaper and it will be more convenient to shuttle back to the trail. My friend Lizzie decided to get off trail and come into town due to the cold, so we are splitting a room. Decided to take advantage of the zero day and go to Urgent Care and get my knee checked out. The doctor believes itís just inflamed, ...
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  4. Day 9: Change of Plans

    Got up about 8am this morning to rain and my tent was in a good 2 in puddle. Stayed relatively dry considering. Packed up my gear and hung out in the shelter until about 10:30am since my shuttle wasnít until 2pm. It was interesting to hear everyoneís plans on how to beat the weather. Go into town, stay at the shelter or hike on and hope there will be room at the next shelter. This is my first deviation from plan and I would be lying if I didnít say that it doesnít bother me to be delayed, but Iím ...
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  5. Day 8: Takin It Easy

    Had a great sleep last night. Woke up warm and cozy. Only 7.3 miles today, so no rush. The first 5 miles was a gradual uphill which was great on my knee. Ran into Justin again on trail. He is wearing his grandfathers WW2 uniform and pack. When I meet him at Neels Gap he would only talk to me in riddles, so havenít gotten much of his story yet. Made it to Blue Mountain Shelter around 3pm and set up my tent. Got my first 🔥 of the trip. I love the smell of a burning wood fire. Itís suppose ...
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