AT 2001 – Day 25 – Roaring Fork Shelter – Hot Springs, NC

03-24-01 Day 25  7:45 am –

13.5 miles, 269.5 AT miles

Roaring Fork – Hot Springs

50-60°, Sunny/partly cloudy

Snow for half of the day then actual soil.

Got up early today and hit the trail at 7:45 AM.  Bluff Mountain wasnt bad but the snow once again made things tough.  About half way down Bluff the snow was gone.  I caught Not Yet and Numb the owners of Miya, the dog, at 11 or so.  We pushed on to Deep Park Shelter, rested then I went ahead into town.  They followed later.


Tonight Im staying in a small, I mean small, cabin along the French Broad River with Mr. Pat, Gadet, Slack, Numb, Not Yet and the two Dogs Dana and Miya.  Its most definitely a full house.

I saw some deer tracks today.  Im not sure if I mentioned it but I followed wild turkey tracks into Davenport Gap.

I saw a killdeer today at the campground.  Then I saw some chickens and baby chicks.

Im sitting at the cabin next to ours at a fire where three guys are playing their guitars.  A real camp experience!

Im glad to be back with Mr. Pat and the others.  I like their company a lot.  Tomorrow I have to take another zero day since I didnt get to the post office in time.  I got a new headlamp, some wheat meat jerky Yummy and postcards to help in tomorrows down time.  I will hit the spas and maybe the library to use the internet.

Scatman 2011- I never did get to the hot springs which the town was named after.  I did go to the library and the outfitter again.  I day dreamed about getting lighter gear but the thought of buying more gear after buying so much already and the fear of learning to do with less kept me from cutting my pack weight.

Now I look back and think, “YOU IDOIT!”  Each day I post these journal entries I read them and think, “Early start, 7:45.  Are you kidding me!  5:30 is early”  of I see how little of the day I actually hike and it kills me.  Stopping at 1:45 or 3 pm.  Hell, there’s 6+ hours of light left.

Though it’s not that easy.  With the heavy load I hiked slower, was more tried, and limited myself by sleeping mostly in the shelters.  If I went back again I’d leave later in the year, April 1st maybe or 15th.  I’d carry over half the weight I did before, and I wouldn’t be a Shelter Rat, as I now call it.  In 2001 it took me 153 days with something like 15-20 days off.  I’m confident I could do it in 110 days +/- 5 days.



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  1. Your 13 mile days and 8am starts are very different to the power hiker I met on the PCT. You were storming your way north. Talking a mile a minute and making sure to pack in the calories, so it’s really interesting to read the greenhorn version of Scatman.

  2. Scatman says:

    Me talking, what? You sure you have the right Scatman?

  3. Well maybe not the first time we met in Big Bear, but I’m sure you talked fast as you counted the calories from all the energy bars you were taking. 4000 a day was your target wasn’t it?

  4. Scatman says:

    Something like that but I still didn’t eat all of them everyday as I planned. I still lost a ton of weight but I know you can’t carry enough to keep up.