Day 1. Approach Trail (from parking lot) 7.3 miles, then Springer Mt to Stover Creek Shelter, 2.8 miles. Today’s total: 10.1 miles.
Being seranaded by Mica with friend Pearl.
I decided to stay in a nice hut, as it is very cold and windy. At least I am out of the wind!
About 12-15 people here., with 2 girls. Quite a mix! Evenly split between 20s, 40s, and me. 2 Germans, one is Bernd. 40ish computer programer.
Animal carries a heavy bucket to save money. Jay served 5 years in the Navy, then college, and hiking before going to work.
Gear is fine so far. I have a small pull on my backpack strap, so will be watching it.
Too cold for much else…