Appalachian Trail 2016

Neels Gap to Low Gap

By on March 5, 2016

We enjoyed a cold, snowy zero day (a day where no miles are hiked) at Blood Mountain Cabins with our friends Liz and Matt before they would finish their hike at Hogpen Gap and head home to New Hampshire and we hike 11.5 miles to Low Gap shelter.

The blustery winds were relentless for a good part of the day and when they did die down, we would try to take a break and they would kick back up again.  The climb out of Neels Gap is a long one 745 feet in a 1.7 mile span.  We were rewarded with spectacular views from Levelland Mountain.

Although our view was spectacular as we still had one good climb left before making it to Low Gap Shelter.  If you want a good workout, take a stroll from Tesnatee Gap, GA 348 Russell Hwy over to Hogpen Gap. The climb is a bitch to say the least and at its highest you will climb 489 feet in 1/2 mile.

We made it to Low Gap Shelter around 3 just prior to a host of hikers coming in and immediately the shelter came alive. We met up with the Vagabond Family, Tiny Angel, Pants the Pirate, Alex and Cabeb, all whom we had met a few days earlier at the Hiker Hostel. We met the German hikers, Alex and Andy Buys Beer, and N.C. native Will. Dinner time was lively and as hiker midnight approached the bomb fire was roaring and the laughter was a pleasing sound as we rested our weary bones inside our tent.

It was a fun group of hikers and at the end of a great hike, that’s all you want besides a dry place to sleep.

Until next time, do what you love.

Lil D

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