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Begins: Apr 24, 2016
Date: Wed, May 31st, 2017
Start: Pomplar Stamp Gap
End: Neel's Gap
Daily Distance: 12.8
Trip Distance: 2,187.0
Hours Hiked: 8
People Met: 50
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Appalachian Trail Map
Made it to Neel's Gap today, so I have now walked every step of the AT in a sobo direction.
Got on the trail by 8, easy downhill to start, then the ups hit. Lots of steep uphills and downs, with rocks and rock steps. No views until about lunchtime, then some really nice ones. I decided if I could get to camp before 4, I would set up, hang my bear bag, then hike down to Neel's Gap, grab a snack at the store, then head back up the hill to camp. It is only 1.1 miles each way, but it saved having to do the distance in the morning.
Lots of people on the trail today. I lost count, but it was at least 50.
Got to camp around 3:45, set up, got water, put up my bear bag and headed out with an almost empty pack at 4:30. Got to the gap just before the store closed and grabbed a danish and a Sprite. Hung out at the picnic tables talking to a guy and girl who are hiking as far as they can in the 67 days they have of summer break before heading back to college. The guy took pictures for me at the arch where I finished.
Also met a thru hiker doing a flip flop. He is a big guy, but his pack without food or water had to weigh at least 40 lbs. I think it will take a lot of get for him to finish.
Not sure what time I left the gap, but I was back at my tent by 6. Cooked supper and was eating when 2 guys and a girl showed up and camped across the trail. Said hi, but I was in bed by 8.
Actual distance hiked was 13.9, including the north bound hike back to camp.
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org