Day 1 (Mar. 22nd) – 9.0 miles. Approach trail to Springer Mountain Shelter. Approach trail was hard, you guys! It just about kicked our butts except that – we kicked its ass! 604 steps to top of waterfall and then 7.7 miles uphill after that to Springer Mt. The Springer Mt. shelter is lovely and we got our chores all done for the first time and all went well (tent set up, water filtered, dinner cooked, bear bags hung).
Day 2 (Mar. 23rd) – 7.0 miles. Springer Mt. Shelter to Hawk Mt. Campsite. First leg was easy and level and beautiful, but last couple miles were hard uphill, lots of roots and rocks. We were sore and exhausted after today!! This site is really nice with 30 tent sites, a new privy and bear boxes for our food. We both had loaded mashed potatoes tonight and they were awesome!
Day 3 (Mar. 24th) – 8.4 miles. Hawk Mt. campsite to Gooch Mt. Shelter. This was a hard day. Started with three little hills then two big mountains. But we did it. Feeling tired/sore a bit later into hike than first day so maybe it’s getting better. We are loving it out here and having the time of our lives!
Day 4 (Mar. 25th) – 9.6 miles. Gooch Mt. Shelter to Lance Creek Campsite. Today was a great day! We both felt good (bodies and feet still got sore, but they are getting tired later and later into our mileage). We had two trail magic as today!! Breakfast AND lunch! Amazing and wonderful. Great people who do this for the thru hikers. Tonight at small campsite but there are other familiar faces here. No privy but there are Bear cables. Expecting rain tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow will be hard – we have to tackle Blood Mountain (which will be even harder in the rain).
We really appreciate the reports! Keep up the good work.
Wow you guys are really moving along. I admire the physical and mental strength you both have. Thanks for sharing this awesome adventure.
Thx so much Helen! Hi to Charles (Greg says hi too)!
You guys are doing great! Hopefully you don’t get too much rain.
Thx Penny! Rained all night but let up by morning. More rain expected tonight.
Go! I remember what N. Georgia early Spring rain feels like and hope you don’t get too much. You’re doing great. I think quite a few of us are living vicariously through you and your adventure. Safe hiking, friends!
Thank you. It’s not been too cold yet. 🙂
What an amazing journey you are on! What an inspiration you two are!
Been thinking about you guys EVERY day, wondering how it was going, where you were, how soon before we’d hear anything, so this was so great to read.
Hope you’ll also get an opportunity (yeah, in your *spare time*) to give a more detailed report of a full day — like, when you got up, what you ate, breaking camp, how was the hiking, meals and more meals, making camp, how you slept, and so on. (Not about *every* day, of course, just sometime so we all get a full look at it since we’re living vicariously through you!)
I know it’s cause I’m obsessed with food but I’m fascinated by the process of what and how you eat on the trail given the weight issues, the “preparation” issues, and so on. Looking forward to hearing more. (Loaded mashed potatoes sound great!)
Cheering you on!!
Thx Arden! I’m doing videos as well but haven’t had enough wifi or cell data to upload them to YouTube yet… will definitely try to do some more in depth videos in the future. 🙂
Way to go, Greg and Jen!….Keep on Keepin’ on!…..You are getting stronger!…..Have fun!
Love reading your adventure. I’m routing you on – woot, woot!
You two are simply awesome. Be safe snd take really good care of each other. xo
Thank you Joan!!
Awesome job guys! Good to hear your getting your ‘trail legs’ already. Loving the updates.
Thx bro! Hardest thing I’ve ever done. But today was a really good day. Feeling stronger.