A Tale of Two Mountains

As the impacts of hiking day after day had begun to sink into our group, we decided to take today at a very deliberate pace.

We began with an ascent of Standing Indian Mountain, our first over 5,000 feet (5,498 to be precise). It could not have gone more smoothly–a long, gently uphill path with easy terrain. It was quite peaceful up there in the morning sun and certainly set the tone for the rest of the day.

The next 12 miles were similarly pleasant–warm and sun-filled with terrain “suitable for a bike path” as our fellow thruhiker Hickory would say.


We spent a good bit of the afternoon walking through a tunnel of dense shrubs and brambles. Seemed like the right setting for a fairy tale or epic maze!


Willett had a bit of trouble navigating this stream crossing, one of few hiccups in the afternoon. When faced with the prospect of falling behind the pack, however, he whimpered twice and leapt heroically from log to log.


What a burl!!

The last two miles of the day brought an abrupt change in terrain. Our wide, flat path turned into a rocky scramble as we made our way up Albert Mountain. We knew the summit had a fire tower and kept scanning the horizon for which mountain would be our next challenge.


Aha! That tiny little structure in the middle of the photo was our fire tower… Up we go!


Willett liked this part best, channeling his inner goat.


Getting higher.


Almost there.


We made it! Travis is reading a small brass marker on the summit (it’ll cost you $250 if you try to steal it…).

We camped shortly after the summit and anticipate arriving in Franklin, NC in time for lunch tomorrow. Mmm.

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6 Responses to A Tale of Two Mountains

  1. Siddharth says:

    So how many miles are you guys covering in a day / week?

    • Well, we’re at about 112 miles over the last 8 days, with two of those being pretty short (~6 miles) when we’re spending the day in town to resupply. I think we’re settling in to about 15 miles per standard hiking day and that’ll go up a bit as we sort out the kinks and get a few more hours of daylight!

  2. jill@toigo says:

    Have fun guys! Your mom just told us (at Toigo’s) about your adventure. I will eagerly keep an eye on your blog.

  3. Kristin says:

    Anne, I miss you guys so much! But I love the blog and all the pics (especially of Willett and his pack…duh). But my favorite thing is that you are wearing earrings on the hike…LOVE! 🙂 Glad to know you are well…continued safe travels! xo

  4. Alison says:

    You guys rock, but Willet is my hero… that stream looked tough!

  5. Sydney says:

    Willet is the bravest of dogs! Travis and Anne are badasses too.

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