Started the climb out of N.O.C at 3pm and hiked to Sassafras Gap Shelter, climbing 2,620 feet in 6.7 miles, it was steep.
Woke up to a steep climb up to Cheoah Bald then later in the day another brutal climb up “Jacobs Ladder”. The longest day yet, hiked total 16 miles to Cable Gap Shelter.
Hiked 5.5 miles to Fontana Village and taking a “nero” (near zero)day. It was a few hills to a steep decent down to Fontana Dam and caught a shuttle into the village. Resting before a steep accent tomorrow into the highest elevation levels on the trail, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. From down here in Fontana Village the smokies look like monster mountains poking up noticeably higher than the other “hills”.