4/16 finally left Franklin! Got a hitch to Winding Stair Gap and had a nice nearo of 5 miles to Siler Bald Shelter. It was a really cold night and we found out the night before it has snowed there and had stayed on the ground for a few hours. We where finally reunited with Mac and Kat who we had started the approach trail with! Met some new friends Tinder and Birch and we all huddled around the fire for as long as we could before going to bed. I have been struggling staying warm at night and tonight was no exception.
Gulliver (previously known as Nick), Odysseus, Mac, Tinder and Birch huddling around the fire:
4/17: Woke up with crazy frost on the ground
Had an awesome hike to Wayah Bald for even more great views!
Kat and I enjoying the view:
Team cuddle puddle:
From the tower we could see Clingmans Dome in the Smokies where we will be in about a week
We could also see Siler Bald where we came from earlier. It’s the bald spot you can see in the mountains. It’s such a cool feeling to see how far where you came from is, makes you feel pretty powerful!
Stopped at Cold Spring Shelter for a good 12.5 mile day.
4/18 Had some awesome climbs up Rocky Bald and Wesser Bald. A overcast day but great hiking weather!
Solid crew on the Wesser Bald Tower: Kbar, Flint, Bamboo, Birch, Tinder, Odysseus, Sweeps, and Gulliver.
I hiked to Rufus Morgan Shelter which is only a mile away from the Nantahala Outdoor Center and decided to get a bunk there.