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JUL. 23, 2013

Hante Appalachian Trail Trek Update 2

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By Lucas Newton, Hante Adventures Coordinator

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Yesterday the Hante AT Trek North Carolina got resupplied near Erwin, Tennessee along the Nolichucky River.  The group emerged from the woods and the Appalachian Trail, looking stronger than ever, and definitely a bit smellier than when they started.  They had just descended approximately 1500 feet down to the town of Erwin, from high atop a ridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Though they were a bit damp from a few recent rain showers, the group was in high spirits and more determined than ever to finish the final 54ish miles of their trek.  They have already hiked 46 miles.  To help them celebrate the half way make, I treated them to a picnic of cold watermelon, fresh avocados, peppers, turkey, curry, and even chocolate animal crackers.  We enjoyed our fresh lunch by the river and talked about their adventure. All of the campers were excited to tell me about their trail names, beautiful views, and a few wildlife sightings.  The weather so far has been nice and cool –  with average highs in the low 70’s.  When I asked how they were doing, most of the Trekkers said that the trek was challenging, but well worth it.  All of the them seem to have gotten their “trail legs” underneath them by this point.

The group is excited about their second half of trek. They are especially excited about the Roan Mountain highlands, which have stunning views.   The trekkers have been taking turns at being “leader of the day” –  taking charge of navigating the group, deciding when to take breaks, when to eat lunch, where to set up camp, etc.  The second half of trek is only going to make this group stronger as a trail family.