19.2 and 22 miles
I was able to slack pack for the first time from the top of Clingman’s Dome to Newfound Gap – about 8 miles. It was glorious. The scenery looked like the Black Hills with evergreens and pine needles covering the ground. I practically flew down the trail. Then at Newfound Gap I picked up Reaper and my really heavy pack and went another 11 miles. It was so close to a 20 mile day! At the gap people were asking us all sorts of questions like we were celebrities. In a week or so you can ask Alison all sorts of questions when she comes home. 🙂
A couple days later we did 22 miles – this time all with packs. I was exhausted at the end. We went from Standing Bear Hostel to Bluff Mountain. We decided just to sleep on the ground instead of putting up the hammocks cause we were so tired. We started hiking at 7 in the morning and quit at 8:30pm. Studs…yes.