Monday, May 8, 2017

Sat/Sun 4/29-30 - Hiking Max Patch to Hot Springs

Sat 4/29 - Max Patch to campsite along the AT
Max Patch (253.9) to Old Road (266.9) trailside campsite. 13 Miles.
6 hours of hiking

Sun 4/30 - Campsite to Hot Springs, NC to Lovers Leap and back to Hot Springs.
Old Road (266.9) to Hot Springs (274.4) to Lovers Leap Rock (275.7) and back to Hot Springs (274.4).  10.1 Miles.
5 hours of hiking.

Total 23.1 miles
11 hours hiking

2 cases of Norovirus that hit late Sunday night and would be with us for several days. Not a fun ending to the trip.

Overall an awesome backpacking trip though. Wildflowers were out in full force and were absolutely beautiful in certain spots in the mountains. I've never seen anything like it before.  Max Patch bald was beautiful. The only disappointment there was that we started the hike with a 1/4 mile climb to the top and that was the best view of the whole trip right at the start.

We found a nice campsite right off the AT Saturday night and built a nice fire. We didn't have stones for a fire ring, so used a couple of big logs that I didn't think would burn.  Sarah did her best to light them on fire, and actually succeeded :)  New Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 tent worked wonderfully. Great tent. Only wish it had side entry doors instead of at the head of the tent. Funny that it's a 3 person. No way 3 people are sleeping in that thing.  But as they say for tents, 3 sleeps 2, 2 sleeps 1 and one sleeps none.

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