Day 32: Cherry Gap to Roan High Knob

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Hey hey,
Everyone now knows that the highest point on the AT is Clingmans Dome, but did you know that the highest shelter on the trail is roan knob high shelter? It's at 6100 ft and used to be a fire warden cabin. That means it's enclosed on all sides and even has a door and a loft. Were staying here tonight.

Well today was a pretty fun eventful day on the trail, lots to tell about! Started the day nice and early heading out of camp around 8. Trail was really easy for the first 3 miles... Only noteworthy thing was walking past a hunter whose camoflauge was pretty good. He was standing motionless on the side of the trail and I didn't see him until I was about 10 ft away. Granted we don't usually look around for hunters, it's more like bears and snakes that we scan for, oh and don't forget those pesky tree limbs... Found out about that the hard way!

Actually the whole morning was very easy, only real obstacle was Iron Mtn and that wasn't bad, just a quick 500 footer. At lunch we stopped at the Clyde Smith shelter. This was eventful because these three guys that are also out hiking (sectioners) stop there too. They have horrible attitudes and can't say anything positive about the trail.  They were angry about having to walk downhill to get water and the fact that the shelter was 0.1 mi off the trail. They dropped the F bomb every other word. The rest of us thru hikers did our usual for lunch then when they left just absolutely laid into them. We made all kinds of jokes (we joke about everything out here nowadays) and pretending to comment on how Fing terrible the AT is etc.

The end of the day looms ahead finally: the climb up Roan mtn. At 6200 ft it's the last time well be above 6000 until mt Washington in NH. The trail climbs 2200 ft in about 2 miles. Let me tell you, it was really tough, especially at the end of the day. Everything was dripping sweat, my eyes were burning cause I was sweating into them, shirt and pants soaked ( and stinking to the heavens)

Halfway up we met a group of past thru hikers from Asheville out for the weekend. Johnny thunder, freefall and I forget the other guysname. They came up to the top and are camped here with us. Real cool people with lots of insight. They also hauled up some trail magic for us! 2 things of jiffy pop pop corn and a cake! So after dinner ( mac and cheese and tuna) we pop the corn and eat the cake. So amazing, especially mobile magic. A guy also gave us some bottled water at the base of Roan, which was great (and didn't taste like iodine, but I prefer trail magic with calories :)

Sleeping in the loft tonight. This is supposed to be the coldest place on the southern AT so well see. Parts of the trail up here are still covered in a foot of packed snow despite all the warm weather. Sure was a heck of a winter and someone threw the switch straight to summer.  Rumors of rain coming soon but I'll believe it when I feel water on my face.

Hope all is well down in the lowlands hehe, seize the day and do something outdoors this weekend. It is amazing to live outside all the time, and like a snail carry my home on my back.
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