Day 14-15, March 16-17

Miles from Springer Mountain: 197.2

Miles to Mount Katahdin: 1994.8

Yesterday I entered the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after leaving the illustrious Fontana Hilton. To get there I had to cross over the Fontana Dam – the largest dam this side of the Mississippi. Here’s a photo of the Fontana Lake and me on the dam – I’m still afraid of heights!

I stayed the night at Russell Field Shelter after walking 14.5 miles. In the Smoky’s you must stay in a shelter or tent right beside. I was in the packed shelter trying to stay warm! It wasn’t easy, but I made it to hike another day.

Today was a cold start but I worked hard to get to the closest shelter to Clingmans Dome. 16.4 miles slowly uphill really flies by with all the beautiful sites. Tonight I sleep at Double Spring Gap, which sits directly on top of the TN-NC state line and has water sources on both sides! I ate dehydrated lasagna and ramen for dinner, the ramen was a gift from my Polish and Latvian friends who are ending their hikes tomorrow.

It’s been a great couple days of hiking in seclusion in the Smoky’s. Tomorrow I push on for Clingman’s Dome and Newfound Gap!

5 thoughts on “Day 14-15, March 16-17

  1. You are looking good Tyler, I am sure the scenery is absolutely beautiful. What an experience, try to stay dry and stay healthy, Good Luck
    NAncy Whipple

  2. Glad to hear you are doing well and making new friends along the way. Looking forward to your next post.

  3. Loving following along with you, we have been to several of the places you’ve mentioned…but not by hiking!
    Good luck and prayers for safe travels.

  4. Glad You liked the ramen. Wish you the best of luck finishing the journey! You’re almost there!

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