Couldn’t sleep much last night as expected. Woke up, ate oatmeal with trail mix and pop tarts. Tuna and crackers and nutella tortillas for lunch. Ramen with a pack of salmon, garlic and crackers for dinner, was pretty good.
Tough day, ready for it to be over, but it kept on going. Sassaffras was steep and tough. Going up is tiring, going down is more painful.
Meeting some cool people. I go slow so they usually pass me up after a few and meet them at a shelter later.
I want to go to bed early since I am tired and it is dark, but that means about twelve hours of laying here until it is light enough in the morning.
Tomorrow I will be going to Lance Creek. I think it is the last campsite before the area with bear problems where bear cans are required.
Me on Springer
Started at the road near Springer Mountain. Hiked .9 mi back to Springer summit. Cool day in the 50s. Not as tough as Philmont yet, maybe in the next few days – Blood Mountain will be tough. Brought way too much food, I need to eat more to carry less. It’s supposed to be cold tonight maybe 30f.
Apparently there are bear dogs here. They are used to hunt black bears by chasing them up trees. They all wear large radio collars.
Sassaffras Mountain will be tough tomorrow I hear.
My initial itinerary has me doing the approach trail and getting in to Neel’s Gap for a resupply on day five. For most it is a four day hike if the approach trail is included, but I do not want a 15 mile day up and down Blood Mountain. There are also reports of bear problems around Blood Mountain, which means bear cans are being required to camp near there. So the options are to buy an expensive bear can to use for just one night, or to skip the area by stopping short and hiking through the next day, as I intend to.
Week one to neels gap
Approach trail to Springer Mountain
Stay at black gap shelter or springer mountain
hawk mountain shelter
gooch mountain shelter
Camp at lance creek
Optional trip to store in Suches GA, 2 mi off trail
Stay at hostel or hike on to Bulls Gap
Need five days of food