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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...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 18.10.2015

After breakfast of coffee and oatmeal with walnuts and dried blueberries I finally got my stuff packed. The other Mark B had been packed up ready to go a long time ahead of me. We soon discovered that we had not yet reached Jone's Gap at all. We had assumed that we were camping about 0.2 miles past Jone's Gap, but in fact we had camped about 0.2 miles short of Jone's Gap. The must see view was a 0.3 mile hike off the trail to the top of...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 17.10.2015

Saturday- October 17, 2015 Lying under my tarp writing this with the campfire smoke burning my eyes. My friend, Mark and I dropped his car at Buckeye Creek and we drove my car to Hale Ridge Rd where we began hiking north. Still in the 40's by late morning. After crossing HWY 106 at mile 3.6 we went up log steps and proceeded up steep wash straight up the fall line. The trail turned left and began switchbacks just past the steps but we missed that. Eventually we were wandering around...