One month on the trail

Taking this break in Erwin, TN from the freezing weather has its benefits. For the first time since leaving Georgia, I’m staying in a hotel with decent wi-fi.
I’ve been keeping a photo diary of sorts – taing notes on every picture I take with my Sony NEX-5T. I’ve found that, while I’m able to update the website (infrequently at best), uploading the larger photos from my Sony takes a strong wi-fi connection.
Here we go.

  
– The AT approaching Woody Gap, GA. I fondly remember camping in these mountains as a kid. This winter landscape dominated the Georgia section of my hike. Day 3 – March 12, 2016

  
-Early morning view from Cowrock Mountain, GA, the first proper vista I photographed. Day 5 – March 14, 2016

  
-Sunset at the summit of Standing Indian Mountain, NC. I camped just shy of the summit. Day 9 – March 18, 2016

  
-View from the fire tower on the summit of Albert Mountain, NC. After one of the hardest days hiking to date, I was thankful to be rewarded with this view. Day 10 – March 19, 2016

  
-Leaving Albert Mountain, NC and hiking through the Nantahala National Forest. Day 10 – March 19, 2016

  
 
-Sunrise on Cheoah Bald. I’m so glad I left camp in the dark for this one. Day 15 – March 24, 2016

  
-A foggy trail on my first day in the Smokeys. Day 18 – March 27, 2016

  
-Charlie’s Bunion. Day 21 – March 30, 2016

  
-Higher elevations in the Smokeys remind me of hiking in the Cascades. Day 22 – March 31, 2016

  
-Ascending Max Patch, NC. It’s rarely this clear here (still windy and nearly freezing). Day 24 – April 2, 2016

  
-The French Broad River leaving Hot Springs, NC. Day 27 – April 5, 2016

  
-Being chased along a ridge line near Erwin, NC by an approaching storm. Day 29 – April 7, 2016

Author: Chris Kummer

Hey y'all - Cool Dad here. Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to thru-hike the AT. It remained a nagging thought for nearly a decade - then it got loud enough to warrant my attention. So I quit my unfulfilling job(s) in Seattle and commenced hiking north from Springer in the spring of 2016. And I'm exceedingly thankful I did. The people I met, the things I saw, the gross foods I ate - not a day goes by without fondly remembering life on the trail. If you've already thru-hiked a long trail, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you're thinking about tackling a long-distance hike, do it. Do it now. I'm probably gonna do it again...

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