“The only difference between an adventure and an ordeal is your attitude.” – Said Hips as we were leaving Erwin to head out into the mountains with snow in the forecast.
Left Erwin, TN on a rainy day, it was intense. Made it to Curly Maple Gap Shelter and stayed the night, it was freezing and everyone was soaked. The rain slowly turned to snow overnight.
Woke up freezing and it was still snowing out. The group I was hiking with decided to head back down to town instead of risking worse conditions or chancing hypothermia on the higher elevations. Chameleon rented a car and we went to see the movie The Lorax in Johnson City, TN.
The next day we “slack packed” hiked 10 miles, leaving our packs in the rental car. We continued on to Cherry Gap Shelter and while climbing Unka Mountain it snowed on and off. The Forrest ground was blanketed with a couple inches of snow, it was cold but pretty. Camped at Cherry Gap Shelter. Woke up and hiked 12 miles to a campsite at the base of Roan Mountain.
Woke up and hiked 12 miles to a campsite at the base of Roan Mountain.
Woke up and right after breaking down camp a thunderstorm rolled in with a lot of lightning and dime sized hail. It rained on and off all day. Hiked to the famous Overmountain Shelter which is an old barn used as a shelter on a historic Revolutionary War site.
Woke up and hiked the Roan Highland Balds, stopping briefly in Elk Park NC for a quick resupply. Camped on a bald just outside of town with a great view.
Woke up and hiked to Moreland Gap Shelter, and crossed the 400 mile mark.
Hiked 21 miles to Double Springs Shelter.