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AT in GSMNP

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:47 am
by jchill86
My brother is graduating from college in May and we want to go on a trip together and we're considering hiking the length of the AT within the GSMNP. I've been reading some of the older posts about the hike and wanted to run my itinerary by some folks more familiar with the trail to see if anyone has suggestions to offer. As a point of reference about experience, we're both in our early twenties and are healthy guys, but only go hiking a few times a year. Anyway, this is what I've cooked up based on my research:

Day 1: Travel day, drop cars off at Davenport Gap, shuttle to Fontana Dam, spend night at Fontana Village Lodge
Day 2: Hike from Fontana to Mollies Ridge Shelter (10.6)
Day 3: Mollies Ridge to Derrick Knob Shelter (11.7)
Day 4: Derrick Knob to Double Spring Gap (7.2)
Day 5: Double Spring Gap to Mt. Collins Shelter (6.3)
Day 6: Mt. Collins to Pecks Corner (14.9)
Day 7: Pecks Corner to Cosby Knob Shelter (12.9)
Day 8: Cosby Knob to Davenport Gap (8.0), drive to Newport for night in hotel.

Any suggestions or affirmations would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

Jake

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:44 am
by bodean9
I'm not a hiker, but I have a friend who quit his K-Mart manager job, so he could hike the entire AT a few years ago. It took him only about 2.5 months. What he did early in the trip was dump half of his clothing and reduced the amount of food and water he was trying to carry in the beginning. He would travel up 30 miles a day at times, but in the beginning he said he had to start slow because your body isn't used to that much walking at first. Your schedule is well below his upper limits. He'd walk from one point to the next and then find the nearest gas station or store and he'd buy Ramen noodles and light supplies to get him to the next location. He'd rest and air out his shoes (take his socks and shoes off) and let his feet breath fresh air for 1 hour a day. Originally, I think he tried to carry 3 days of food and water and a week of clothing.

Within 2 weeks of completing the AT he walked into another manager job making with another store making more money than the one he quit.

Your plan looks good.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:42 pm
by ~jeff~
Hello Jake, welcome to Outdoors-411.

I've hiked a few bits and pieces of the AT but not the entire length through the park.

Todd has probably seen more of it than I and will chime in here before long.

All I can say is that I think your miles per day look really good for having time to enjoy the trip.

With you guys both being in your 20's you should find the itinerary you've suggested to be leisure.

I spent most of the years during my 20's in Montana's rockies. My hikes often were 25 and 30 miles during the long days summer offered. It seemed to be the thing to do at the time but looking back..idunno...

I'd read a lot of Bob Marshall's adventures at the time and I was in the same area as he had covered so I guess I figured I'd be a lite-weight if I didn't attempt to come close to his hiking days of 35 to 40 miles.
It's good to see lots of country in a days time but there is much to be said for taking it a bit easier and having the time to see things more thoroughly.

Enjoy your trip with your brother and be sure to check back in and let us know how it goes, sharing a couple of photos with us from along the trails would be nice as well.

Take care.....

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:46 pm
by Todd
Hi Jake welcome to the site!

Looks like a very good, and do-able plan.

Having said that, if I made any suggestions it would be this.

1) Spend the first night at the Birch Spring Gap Shelter. This does two things for you: a) You can easily hike back to the fire tower for a sunset/sunrise and/or do a night hike to the fire tower. The view is AWESOME, at night it is an even more incredible place. b) you guys will probably be fine, but the way your plan is, the hardest part of this trip for most people would be your first day. The walk from Fontana Dam to the Shuckstack is a pretty dang tough 4 miles, up hill the entire way. Then it's another 6.6 mostly uphill miles to the shelter. Again, I know you would probably be fine, but I know you don't want a muscle injury the first day of the trip.

You could do this without much change to your plan by hiking this on your day 1 instead of staying at Fontana village. It's only about 5 miles and is a GREAT sunset hike, it could also easily be done in the dark if need be.

2) Try to work in a stay at Icewater springs shelter for a night hike out to Charlies Bunion. Something not many people do, but it is an incredible place at night with a view that can't be beaten.

You can do this by just skipping the Mt Collins Shelter. The hike from Double Springs to Ice Water is not bad at all, mostly downhill, what I would call easy to moderate.

Hope you have a great time, IMO the Smoky Mountain section of the AT is a great, great hike....

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:23 pm
by Aestetut
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:35 pm
by Aestetut
Как это будет...Незабываемо! В эротическом массажном салоне «Клеопатра» предусмотрено множество различных программ массажа. У каждой из них есть собственная специфика исполнения, способная удовлетворить ваши основные потребности. В зависимости от вашего выбора путь к наслаждению может быть коротким или длинным со множеством интересных остановок и волнительных моментов. Такая экскурсия в мир собственных удовольствий становится сюрпризом, нечаянным и неприличным – с яркой эмоциональной окраской. Под медленную и спокойную музыку мягкие пальчики ангела страсти будут скользить по вашему телу, изучая все его «выдающиеся» особенности. Постепенно прелестница узнает всего его подробности, массируя тело и стимулируя прилив крови и отток всех мыслей. Аккуратно и нежно воздействуя на все важные точки, глубокими ласками подбирая ключ к мужской тайне. Вы знаете, что вас ждет в финале, но не можете предположить всей гаммы ощущений во время Доверьтесь прекрасной женщине – все самое приятное и неожиданное случится само собой. Живите на полную катушку!