Day 4

Camping in Neels Gap, mile 30 on the proper trail, have hiked 38 miles so far.

Woke up around 530 and watched the sunrise. Around 730 ran into some 40-something brothers who had thru hiked before and encouraged us to be nice to the locals. Starting hiking about 8, saw a family of white tailed deer.

Hiked with Ryan and Tom for most of the day.

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Thunderstorms briefly prior to our Summit of Blood Mtn, beautiful and expansive views. Lots of rocks on the way down. Tired bruised feet (not that bad).

Got a cabin in neels gap with a group of guys. Took a shower!!!! Laundry!!!

No bears unfortunately.

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Day 3

I’m in woody gap on mile 20 of the trail. Alyson and I hiked the approach trail on Day 1 which was a grueling 8 mile climb. Got to Springer Mtn, the official start of the trail around six in the evening. Slept in the shelter, ate some food, sat around the campfire and then passed out.

Day 2 we hiked from Springer to Hawk mountain, about eight miles. Mostly downhill so that was nice. Got to the shelter around 3pm and chilled out, relaxed by the spring, ate, etc. Tent camped and listened to my iPod before crashing about 11pm.

Left hawk mtn this morning 9 or so. 12 miles to woody gap, where I am now. Climbed a bunch of different mountains, sassafras mtn being the biggest. There was a beautiful meadow ish ridge on top where we played around for a bit. Beautiful overlooks today, which was a nice change since otherwise the ridges have been obscured by trees.

Saw a huge black snake (nearly stepped on it). !!!!

Got to woody gap around 430pm. Alyson took me to Suches for half a pizza and to resupply (I was out of food).

Itinerary:
Blood mtn tomorrow
Neels gap tomorrow night (shower?!)
Unicoi gap Sunday.

Great hiking with you Alyson!!

Check out the shot of Woody gap with our bear bags off to the side.

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