Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I reached Springer Mountain just after noon, and in that 8 1/2 miles I realised that this was a whole different hike than I was use to. The trail was steep, and the rain was relentless. Every shelter I passed along the way were full. I finally stopped and sqeezed in a shelter, and had to pleed for the occupants for that. This was turning out to be a bummer. In pouring rain Eric came by the shelter, and continued on to set up his tarp a mile or so up the trail.
In the morning, It was clear cloudy, but dry, I saw Eric, crawling out of his nest, and we hiked together to Neels Gap. While Eric, had to dry his bag in the dryer, I picked up my first box, bought a snickers and a orange juice and continued up the trail, in the pouring rain, aiming for Low Gap Shelter.
Upon reaching the shelter, I was dumbfounded, I have never seen so many people. They wer crammed in, under and everywhere around the shelter. I thought to myself, man this sucks, and continued on in the pouring rain. I found a couple of logs that created a bit of shelter, pitched my tarp over them and crawled in. Shortly after Eric cruised by and continued up the trail in the dark, in the rain to find a spot to pitch his tarp. I found him in the morning, shakeing his camp, and we hiked on into another rainy day.
Posted by Joe Kisner at 4:02 PM