Our Appalachian Trail Adventure

On February 28th 2020 there was light snow, a little rain and a lot of anticipation.

This was the beginning of one of the biggest, scariest adventures we have entered into… so far.

After being spoilt by the hospitality of Rochelle, we set off for our Appalachian Trail adventure.We were so nervous and excited as we entered the approach trail that we hardly felt the snow and cold.

After our stop at the top of Springer Mountain, we were officially on the Appalachian Trail.

The air was getting colder as the evening approaching, we were still walking for our first miles on the official trail, to the first shelter.

It was a big day of firsts. Our first long hike, our first night camping in snow and our first meeting of our awesome trail buddies Donna and Bob.

The days were sometimes long, sometimes wet, sometimes windy and always hilly. We were surprised at the variations in ground surfaces in such short periods. The landscape changing around every corner.

We loved the climbs, as they burnt our lungs and legs and we were very lucky to get some fantastic views. We missed just as many views as well, due to the fog and rain.

The highs were

  • The views
  • The nature
  • The company
  • The freedom
  • The beauty

The lows were

  • The rain
  • The cold
  • Some people
  • The pandemic

With heavy, freezing cold, hearts we succumbed to external pressures and abandoned the hike, due to COVID.

The stresses of the pandemic on society were to great and although we attempted to continue, to support those small communities and local businesses, the fear mongering and lack of services made it impossible for us, at the time.

As we started in the snow on our first day it was quite fitting that we finished in the snow on our last day.

It was an amazing adventure and we will be back and we will continue.

Videos of our hike

Our Photo Gallery

One of the most beautiful sections on the early #appalachiantrail
Between Davenport Gap and Standing Bear Farm.
This section was a mile long and took us over an hour, simply because we had to keep stopping to appreciate the beauty 😍

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Not so sure the colour of my new @saucony Peregrines gives me the street cred of a #atthruhiker, but how cute do they look with my awesome @trailgaiters 😊💕🏃🏽‍♀️

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Day 15 on the #at2020thruhike
Today we did nothing 😄
Our first zero miles of hiking day and a busy day in Franklin
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Day 11 on the #at2020thruhike
Muskrat Creek Shelter to Carter Gap Shelter
Climbed to 5435ft over Standing Indian Mountain. Absolutely awesome. No views anywhere. Only photo of the day as it was so wet and foggy.
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Day 10 ONE STATE DOWN 🥳 on the #at2020thruhike
Plumorchard Gap Shelter to Muskrat Creek Shelter
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Day 9 on the #at2020thruhike
Sassafras Gap to Plumorchard Gap Shelter
The sun is out but had no warmth. It was cold enough to freeze the water as it poured from the bag
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Day 8
Lunch at Tray Shelter on the #at2020thruhike
Unicoi Gap to Sassafras Gap
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Day 7 on the #at2020thruhike
Blue Mountain Shelter to Unicoi Gap
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Day 6 White Oak Stamp to Blue Mountain Shelter on the #at2020
Rainy and miserable but found the the most beautiful Low Gap Shelter for lunch and was rewarded by this beautiful scenery.

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Day 5 Neels Gap to White Oak Stamp on the #at2020thruhike
Just a little bit further to go 🤣
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Day 4 Blood Mountain Shelter
Woody Gap to Neels Gap on the #at2020thruhike
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Day 3 on the #at2020nobo
Gooch Mountain Shelter to Woody Gap

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Day 2 Appalachian Trail
Blue skies and soft ground... for a little while.
Stover Creek Shelter to Hawk Mountain shelter.

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Off to a warm start. The first mile of the Appalachian Trail

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Springer Mountain. Starting point of the Appalachian Trail

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Amicolola Arch to the AT adventure

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