Monday–April 26, 2021
Location–Primitive Campsite just before Garenflo Gap, AT Mile 267.4
Well, now you likely understand why Max Patch occupies an indelible nitch in my memory–a once in a lifetime experience.
We had planned to camp last evening in the open field on the summit of Max Patch. But better judgment prevailed when we got up there–cold wind, steady and hard. We tarried long enough to get a few photos of the surrounding mountains. The one of the high, distant peaks in the far off haze–that’s looking back up and into to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Well, we finally found (and settled for) a fine campsite just below the summit in the trees. Another cold night, in the 40s. I slept well, however. Exhaustion can do that.
Lots more climbing again today, but much friendlier tread–fewer rocks and roots. Thank you merciful Lord!
More photo time today–with Philip Khoury from Connecticut. Philip is doing a documentary on the Appalachian Trail. Neat twist. All his photos will be black and white. He’s actually hiking the trail, lugging all his heavy camera gear, including a very hefty tripod. Great spending a bit of time with you, Philip! All the best with your documentary.
My energy level has been down today. The climbs a struggle–happy to find water, then a flat campsite not too much farther along…
May your trails be dim, lonesome, stony,
narrow, winding and only slghtly uphill.