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Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 26.10.2015

Trailside Camp to Winding Stair Gap Road parking on Hwy 19 / 129 - 8 miles It was a short day. I was back to my car by noon. It had rained some during the night, but it was not blowing so I left one side of my tarp open and stayed dry. This lean-to tarp arrangement is comfortable and makes it easy to move around and cook and just open up to the outdoors. It was so muggy again that it made it hard to sleep with the down...

Bartram Trail, Hiking Articles, Southeast / 25.10.2015

Wayah Shelter to trail side camp - 17.5 miles I was up at 6:30 am and after oatmeal and nuts I was on the trail in the dark. Nice views from Wayah with a guide to show horizon with named mountains, distances, and compass bearings. Standing Indian was the easiest to pick out.   [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] View from Wayah Bald before sunrise[/caption] It had been a warm and muggy night and the day was hot and humid.   [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] After short ascent on old logging road, It was very...

Hiking, Southeast / 24.10.2015

Appalachian Trail Rufus Morgan Shelter to Wayah Shelter - 16 miles Had great camp mates from Atlanta (Reynoldstown). Ben, Mike, and Rusty. Ben had to help a hiker with a sprained ankle down to the NOC, then climb the 0.8 miles back to the shelter. Thanks for the campfire. They tented so I had the shelter to myself. It quickly became overcast, but I still had nice views from the jump up. I stopped for a long lunch at Wesser Fire Tower. I must have seen 50 people between Wesser Shelter and...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 23.10.2015

Started on Hwy 19 at Winding Stair road. 5 miles on Bartram to AT And Cheoah Bald. Another 8 miles to the Nantahala Outdoor Center on Hwy 19. Another 0.8 miles to Rufus Morgan Shelter on AT. Didn't see anyone on the Bartram trail. It follows Ledbetter Creek with beautiful cascades and falls. After climbing 3000 ft in 5 miles, the rest of the day added to the exhaustion. Now I am sitting at the Rivers End Restaurant at the NOC before hiking the last bit to the shelter. I...