Days 13 and 14–I think. Fontana.

Day 13
Bush camp—mile 151.2

Last night was rough. High, gusting winds (which sound like locomotives in the mountains) and drenching rain. And cold. Tonight? Temp down to 24, wind gusts to 20 mph… and maybe rain. I’m ready for the cold snap (I have a 5-degree sleeping bag, among othet gear), but a lot of folks aren’t. They’re getting off trail for a couple of days. I need to get to Fontana tomorrow, then I’m zeroing there on Tuesday.

Hiked in snow and driving, blustery wind this morning, climbing the monstrous climb to Cheoh Bald at 5000 feet. It may have been pretty, but we were inside a cloud.

Day… oh, who knows? lol
Tuesday, April 2
Fontana Lodge

I think I’m going to give up numbering the days. The dates are more relevant at the moment. And easier to remember because I have a watch!

Got into Fontana last night. I’ll be shaking down geat for the Smokeys, and just staying off my feet today. Two weeks to the Smokeys is the faster side of average. I’m happy about that!

Fontana Lake was beautiful on the long hike down. Slivers of pure sapphire between the trees.

I’m starting to see some tiny wildflowers. Saw my first trillium yesterday, not quite in bloom!

Author: Karma AT2019

Karma. On the AT.

3 thoughts on “Days 13 and 14–I think. Fontana.”

  1. Karma … you’re doing great! Very well deserved Zero at Fontana … in 2013, you’d had 6 Zs, took 24 days to Fontana, averaging 6.6 mpd. This year, you’re at 11.9 mpd … up 5.9!!! Your new trail name should be “Karma Reincarnated”. Javelin

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    1. The weather in ‘13 was horrible! This time, it’s been magnificent! Only a little rain, just one morning of snow, and none of those brutal single-digit stretches! (It did snow a little today, and it would have been raw to hike in, so I’m glad for the zero!)


  2. Love the comparative difference between this hike and your first. To keep track of dates and places, I adopted a journalistic convention for my blog. It’s called a dateline. Example: Screwball Campsite, N.C., AT mile 403, April 1, 2019 — Just a thought.


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