October 13, 2012
We broke camp about 10:20 (that seems to be our routine - Hawkeye can break camp very quickly but sleeps later than me. I use the time when he is sleeping to air our my sleeping bag, get some tea with honey down my gullet, and slowly pack my things for the day's hike). We were headed uphill on the Appalachian Trail from the Old Orchard Shelter to a place called The Scales, where they still herd cattle. It was 3.5 miles to get there, and as I said, mostly uphill.
We'll get right to the map and explain why I used two colors to mark the route.
The Appalachian Trail was rugged and gained over a thousand feet in the first mile and a half or so.
More open views from Stone Mountain:
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