3/27/2014 – Total Miles 148.7
NOC was so nice… a warm room and food. Today’s climb was punishing. The hike today was only 7 mi but I think 2 to 3 of it was around mountain edges covered in ice and frozen snow, and all I had were two tiny sticks to save me. I was a little more than scared and I was totally spent when I finally trudged into the shelter.
Midnight brings rain again… All night and all day tomorrow. 15 miles in the rain and another wet night. Putting up a tent in the rain means everything is wet.
Another one of our group members may leave us on Sat for military obligations.
My latest goal is to make Fontana just 2 days out now… Again for a dry sleep, dry clothes, and hot food. My synthetic hiking pants will be waiting on me… At least I’ll have them for hiking thru the Smokies which could bring more unexpected snow… Pray for good weather.