Body weight: 209 lbs
Pack weight: 31.8 lbs
I haven’t weighed this much in my life, almost 20 pounds since I left for Boot Camp! My pack weight was a little heavier than I anticipated because I threw in a little bit more food for safe measure.
Total miles walked: 16.2
Miles from Springer Mountain: 7.4
Miles to Mount Katahdin: 2184.6
I started my day on the approach trail at Amicalola Falls State Park, this took just under 4 hours by finally reaching Springer Mountain at 12:30. The approach trail was rocky and quite uphill!
On the top of Springer Mountain I reached the first white blaze and the plaque commemorating the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
Unfortunately, at the top of the mountain it started to rain! The rain lasted for five hours and caused the trails to seem like streams. I finally reached my destination, the Hawk Mountain Campsites, around 5 PM when the rain stopped!
I set up my tent, got water from the spring, and finally settled in! I had Hikers Pad Thai for dinner. When I laid to rest I hung up all my clothes inside the tent and snuggled in for the cold, wet night. I woke up constantly due to the beating of the rain and the roar of the winds. The fierce wind sounded like 747’s taking off of the Georgia hills.
My first day was completely eventful and somewhat terrifying. I’ve finally started my trek to Maine and even the rain can’t stop me. I told myself over and over that it was all worth it, even warming up water just to hold the warm pot.
Thanks for your support, I’m finally on the Appalachian Trail!