AThiker at smithville.net
Fri Dec 31 16:57:52 CST 2010
12/31/98 23.5 miles I think
After a nice night in a real bed, I was given the task of
going through the
pack of my hosts' nephew. He was going to start a northbound
next day, New Year's Day. All I shall say is he had 13 MREs
He had two spatulas, a whisk, two spoons and forks, two
knives and a nice
zippered carrying case for them all. He had a gun. He had
a GPS. He had
food other than the 13 MREs. He had a lot of stuff.
After spending some time telling him what I wouldn't take
and giving him
advice (which was mainly "I wouldn't take all of that"), the
picked me up and given me a bed for the night took me back
Stair Gap. They then took 'Tank'...which is the trailname I
gave their nephew, on
to Springer for his next-day start.
It was well past dark when I got to Carter Gap Shelter.
There was a Marine
on leave there. He had a great fire going. I stopped for a
snack and warmed
myself by the fire. He was amazed when I put my snack bag
away and strapped
my pack on. "Where you going?" I told him I had to get to
the next shelter.
"That's 7 miles!" "Yeah, I know. Happy New Year to ya" I
said as I walked away.
I had a blast hiking up Standing Indian Mountain. It was a
beautiful night and I was
listening to a great college football game. (The folks who
put me up the night before
were at this game in Atlanta. I've been told it was Clemson
and somebody else playing.
Orangebug knows) I had trouble finding the water that night.
There was snow on the
ground and the trail to the creek was indiscernible. It was
about 10 when I got in bed
for the last time. I woke up at 11:30 to a group of
flashlights shining in the shelter at me.
When they saw me, they turned and left. I never saw them
again. I'm guessing it was a
group going up to the summit for the New Year's countdown.
This was the first New
Year's that I was asleep at Midnight since the early 70's. I
didn't mind. Now, I'm almost
always asleep my midnight on New Year's Eve.
FIVE MORE DAYS!!!!
Felix J. McGillicuddy
ALT '03 KT '03
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