Appalachian Trail: Unicoi Gap to Springer Mountain

Over the course of the past five or six years, a friend and I have been slowly but surely knocking out sections of the Appalachian Trail. Our goal is to complete the entire 2,181 miles. Last week, we finally completed the “southern leg” of the Appalachian Trail which means we’ve hiked (not in order) every step of the way from Springer Mountain to Damascus, VA–some 460 miles. If we average 100 miles per year (which we have been the past four or five trips), then we’ll finish the trail when we’re close to 60 years old–a patient man’s goal, for certain.

Within the next week, I may post a  more-detailed account of our latest trip, a three-day, rain-soaked journey which began at Unicoi Gap and ended 52 miles south at Springer Mountain. Until then, however, I thought I’d post a three-minute video of our trek for anyone interested. A constant cloud-like mist accompanied us almost the entire way, so we were short on breathtaking views. Even so, this may have been my favorite trip yet, as my friend and I were more efficient than ever, relying on our experience, perseverance and gear to make quick work of our aggressive goal (finished a half day early!) all while staying (relatively) dry, the latter, quite an accomplishment, indeed, given what the other hikers looked like! Here’s the video:

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  • http://fathermuskrat.com/ muskrat

    I took the Mrs up to Unicoi state park for Valentine’s this year!  Pretty area of our fine state. 

  • Bratschepacker

    Enjoyed your video! Nicely put together with beautiful photos.  Looks like you enjoyed the hiking, even with the damp weather.

  • Bratschepacker

    Enjoyed your video! Nicely put together with beautiful photos.  Looks like you enjoyed the hiking, even with the damp weather.

    • john cave osborne

      thanks for watching!

  • DefendUSA64

    Wow…that was pretty awesome!! My husband is planning to go to Glacier Peak in WA State this summer with our boys. I notice that you have walking poles. Do you highly recommend them? He tends to go all out when it comes to these trips with gear. Trying to pack light as possible, etc…And those poles might be a great thing…I found you by reading Aiming Low…Love your HMIC acronym.

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      @defendUSA64 — thanks for watching. and yes, for what it’s worth, i do recommend the trekking poles, particularly for the descent. i can totally relate to going all-out for gear. don’t know if you could tell from that video or not, but my buddy and i are totally geared out and it makes such a difference. our packs (filled w/ water) were only 33 lbs or so. and the poles are super-light. at least the ones that i’ve got. hope your hubby has fun at GP. i climbed Mt. Rainier back in the day (1998, i think it was…) thanks, again, for watching!

      • DefendUSA64

         Perhaps that can be a Father’s Day Surprise! He has gotten the lightest backpacks, sleeping bags and some sort of water filtration bladder system. They have also been trying out dehydrated foods. Did I mention the Tyvek? :) I will keep checking back for your latest…you do a great job with your writing!

        • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

          thank you! i have another father’s day idea for you that i bet your hubby would love given that he’s been trying out dehydrated foods. it’s a giant box of dehydrated beans, tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc… it’s called Harmony House Foods Backpacking Kit 18 Count Zip Pouches Dried Camping and here’s a link for you. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=camping+dehydrated+food&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1920&bih=979&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=8038146886844510968&sa=X&ei=SYi7T9q8Ion-8ATSpOygCg&ved=0CPQBEPMCMAQ

          essentially, these are what you combine w/ your rice, pasta and dehydrated meats to make seriously fantastic meals. And this guy has a lot of great recipes that goes perfectly with the Harmony House packet. http://www.backpackingchef.com/dehydrating-food.html Click on the “supper” tab and check out Mexican Beef and Rice and Tuna Fish Casserole. They’re both *outstanding*. Swing back by, as in the months to come, I hope to revamp this site a bit and have a clear section that’s dedicated to camping / family camping. And thanks for stopping by this time!