Steep Climbs

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.

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Big Sky with a cave in the background.

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Commemorative plaque for fallen Forrest Service Ranger, who died fighting a forrest fire.

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Big Sky getting water.

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Gruffalo and Short Step from Australia.

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.

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Slingshot testing his aim with the slingshot he made on his trekking pole.

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Cheoah Bald

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Swamp Rat and Diesel taking a break at Brown Fork Gap Shelter.

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Swinging Jane and Spirit at Brown Gap Shelter.

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Swinging Jane and Big Sky at Brown Gap Shelter.

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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”.

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Diesel drinking a coke from the soda machine at Fontana Crossing. Soda after the climb down to Fontana was the an awesome little pleasure.

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Checking out at Fontana Village General Store.

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DK, Mountain Sheep and Ducky outside Fontana Village General Store.

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Ducky and Mountain Sheep.

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2 Comments

  1. Asheville Joe April 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Just love the photos! Do they call you “Silverback” or do you have a different trail name?

    • jdwfoto April 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      Thanks Joe! My trail name is J-dub.

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