Monday, May 14, 2001

day 2, Justice Creek c, GA

Start:  Springer Shelter
End:  Justice Creek campsite
Miles:  13.4 today, 13.5 total

Springer Shelter privy

I hiked from Springer Shelter to Hawk Mtn. Shelter by 1pm. I had originally planned to stay the night at Hawk Mountain, but it was so early in the day by the time I got there. I decided to push ahead, and try to get to the Gooch Gap shelter. It was another 8 miles, so not much harder than the 7.6 from Springer to Hawk Mtn. But see, that WOULD have been the case if the terrain remained the same. It didn't.

Now I might be getting a taste of what the real Georgia / North Carolina mountains are like. They're steeper than the ones in the Shenandoahs. Really, that's the only difference. You have to walk slower the steeper the mountain gets.

Anyway, I didn't make it to Gooch Gap. After coming down a particularly hard mountain, I came upon a pretty nice campsite with a creek through the middle (first water source for 6 miles). There were maybe 8 other people already there. So I set up my tent for the first time. I'm going to need some help with that (hopefully before it rains). It looked pretty saggy.

Pretty sore after the day's hike.

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