Aug 12, 2010 at 7:54 am #1262165
I headed out for a quick overnight that didn't turn out exactly how I planned.
Full report and pictures here: http://patrickofeasttn.blogspot.com/Aug 12, 2010 at 8:30 am #1636995
@billreyn1Locale: North East Georgia Mountains
Thanks for sharing this.Aug 24, 2010 at 3:11 am #1639943
Tom ClarkBPL Member
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Looks like an awfully nice hike to me. A clear night on top of a NC bald is more than many people experience.Aug 24, 2010 at 3:50 am #1639945
Chris WBPL Member
Thanks for the report, Patrick. This is one of my favorite areas in the SE.Aug 24, 2010 at 8:54 am #1640003
Thanks for the comments, guys.
@tom: I know what you're saying. A majority of my local hikes involve NC/TN balds and clear nights up there are few and far between for sure. But it sure is great when you catch one of those nights. I was hoping to catch some of the Persied meteor shower, but I was a night early.
@chris: I've been wanting to go back since I got home. Its only an hour and half drive which beats the 2-3 hours it takes to get to the eastern half of GSMNP for me. And I'd rather drive through the Blue Ridge Parkway than Gatlinburg anytime.Aug 24, 2010 at 11:02 am #1640046
Brian CampriniBPL Member
@bcampriniLocale: Southern Appalachians
I really got a kick out of your story and had to laugh because I had the exact same thing happen. The trail just disappeared and I couldn't find the right way despite knowing exactly where I was. A lot of bloody bushwhacking ensued. And that was months ago–I'm sure it's even more grown up this time of year. Beautiful area–there are tons of nice hikes around there. If you find out if/when trail maintenance is done, let me know so I can go up there before it grows back!Aug 24, 2010 at 11:45 am #1640063
Chris WBPL Member
Take a map and compass and enjoy one of the only places around you can do some off-trail travel. :-)Aug 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm #1640077
Trevor WilsonBPL Member
@trevor83Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
Sounds like it turned out great in the end even if it was a bit different than you planned. Great pictures and report. Thanks!Aug 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm #1640173
Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Nice shots! You certainly had better weather than when I went through there!Aug 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm #1640214
@brian: you're not the first one to tell me they got confused there. It seems to be a real tricky spot for most everyone. Which makes me feel better.
@chris: A majority of my hiking history is the AT so my map and compass skills are pretty untested. I had them both and they definitely helped out me in quite a few spots. I just wasn't comfortable to go off trail in an overgrown area in the trees where I couldn't really read the terrain that well.
@Bradford: If you ever organize a trip there I'll try my best to tag along.
Thanks for all the comments, guys. Its a great spot and I'll be back for sure.
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