“The only difference between an ordeal and an adventure is your attitude!” – Hips

“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.

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Emilyn and Hips organizing their resupply at Holiday Inn in Erwin, TN.

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Shuttle services by Janet.

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Hips

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Ranger Bill

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Ranger Bill with a hand full of Twizzlers.

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.

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Snow

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Bells and his daughter Sunshine, who is 11 and is currently the youngest thru hiker of the Pacific Crest Trail on the west coast.

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Chameleon in the rental vehicle.

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.

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Hips

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Snack break

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The A-Team, A family of three generations thru hiking together.

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Emilyn and Hips brought s’mores to Cherry Gap Shelter to share with everyone around the fire.

Woke up and hiked 12 miles to a campsite at the base of Roan Mountain.

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Chameleon

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Hips

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Hips

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Hips and Emilyn

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.

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Coming down Roan Mountain the trail was a rushing creek from a the rain water.

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Hips and Ranger Bill coming down Roan Mountain, the trail was a rushing creek.

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No Tech

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Over Mountain Shelter

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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.

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Uncle Mike

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Hikers in Elk Park.

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Woke up and hiked to Moreland Gap Shelter, and crossed the 400 mile mark.

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Sunrise

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Emilyn writing in her journal.

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Hips

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Woke up and hiked to a campsite on top of Ponds Flat.

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Hiked a light day down to Watauga Lake and relaxed by the lake all day.

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Hips resting.

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Watauga Lake

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Croc Hunter with carrying an 18 pack of Coors Light from Hampton, TN.

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Hiked 21 miles to Double Springs Shelter.

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Float

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Hiked 18 miles into Damascus VA.

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One Comment

  1. Sarah May 16, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    After reading your blog and seeing all the pictures, I am itching to get hiking again!

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