The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,181 miles long. The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships,and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions do traverse towns and roads, and cross rivers. The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Along the way, the trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
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Friday, April 29, 2011
Gatlinburg - 4/29
As of today he has hiked 215 miles from Springer Mountain. He has covered about 10% of the trail.
He said that they had reached Klingman's Dome last evening and watched the sunset from the tower. They night hiked 4 miles to the next shelter where they camped for the night. They got up this morning and hitched a ride to Gatlinburg. The plan was to resupply and get back to the trail this evening but decided to stay in Gatlinburg. They found a hotel that cost everyone $10 each so they split a room and are eating their way through Gatlinburg.
He reported that his ankle was almost healed, everyone was doing well, and civilization has become a novelty. Unless he's doing a really good job of faking it he sure sounds like the excitement of hiking has not worn off.