Winter Appalachian Trail – Day 10 (20 miles)
Last night was way warmer than expected. I have that going for me, which is nice.
I got going and the day turned out to be great. No wind, clear skies and a little bit of snow certainly helped. However, the overarching theme of the day was the ice covered trail. Two days of well below freezing temperature have turned the trail into a skating rink.
It was always a battle of whether to put on my traction devices or to skirt the ice. It turns out I am terrible at deciding when I should need them; if I put them on, the ice would end within a few minutes and when I hesitated the ice would continue on forever.
Having said that, I don’t think that I could go through the Smokies at a better time. The park is about as perfect as it could be.
The day had nothing that really stood out yet the whole day was excellent. Do you have these sort of days sometimes?
I arrived at the shelter at 4 pm. I did not particularly want to stay but the next shelter was 10 miles away and I also did not want to walk for 2 hours after dark with all the ice.
Again, there was a guy in the shelter. For being winter, there seems to be a lot of people out on the trail. The guy was not the most interesting company so I headed off to bed early and watched a movie before nodding off to sleep