Location: Gooch Mountain Shelter (15.8 miles)

It was warmer last night, and I slept much better. Not sure how much of that was the temperature and how much was using my down coat as a pillow, but either way, I'm feeling much better now than I was last night.

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The Forest
Location: Gooch Mountain Shelter (15.8 miles)

After an extremely arduous hike today, the hardest I've ever done, I made it to the Gooch Mountain shelter around 6-6:30. My dinner of Ramen and Mac & Cheese was a bit of experimentation. My cook pot is not large enough to do the entire bag of M&C all at once, and even with splitting it in half, both the ramen and M&C boiled over. But, I think I have it figured out how to do it tomorrow with less water and less mess.

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Location: Hawk Mountain Shelter (8.1 miles)

Lunch at Hawk Mountain shelter.

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Location: Stover Creek Shelter (2.8 miles)

First night of camping went well, when I wasn't cutting off circulation in my arm from sleeping on my side against a hard surface. Breakfast was two delicious packs of instant oatmeal.

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Amicalola Falls, View from Base
Location: Stover Creek Shelter (2.8 miles)

At about 9 am this morning, I started hiking the AT Approach Trail with Michael. The falls were a nice view, even if the long staircase climb was not much fun. Michael helped out by carrying my poles up the stairs to the top of the falls, since the stairs were metal grates that were not very trekking-pole-friendly.

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