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Appalachian Trail State Overview: Georgia

what's good everybody Chris here again

Chris goes outdoors and in this video

we're gonna start another Appalachian

Trail series I hope you're not getting

sick of the Appalachian Trail videos I

have a lot I want to talk about about

the 80 I think the videos will help

future through hikers so hope you stay

tuned for this one and in this series of

videos we're gonna do kind of a

state-by-state overview it's actually

been requested by a fair amount of

people too so I'm excited to get into

this these videos have taken a lot of

time to prep for I have got notes got a

lot of notes so and in this set of

videos we're gonna take a look at trail

conditions at the time how I was feeling

throughout the state certain shelters I

stayed at maybe water sources that I

remember gonna take a look at towns I

stopped in places I stayed at resupply

options and stuff in town that I

remember anything that I can really

remember about the state I have it

listed or right here in these notes and

of course we're gonna be heading

northbound because it's how I headed out

on the Appalachian Trail so let's start

off let's talk about Georgia all right

so we're heading down to Georgia I in

particular flew down from Boston

Massachusetts right out of Logan I

landed in Atlanta somewhere I flew

JetBlue I believe the ticket one way was

around 85 to 95 dollars travel costs

that's gonna be completely different

depending where you're coming from but I

don't know if you're coming from Logan

around April 1st maybe that's where she

can look forward to roughly a hundred

bucks and I stayed at the time at the

hiker hostel so the hiker hostel has now

been sold I think it's called bear

foothills hostel and when I stayed there

at the hydrosoul it was around a hundred

dollars

I believe the actual price to stay there

was 85 and I think it was a little extra

if you want to breakfast in the morning

so roughly around 100 bucks it appears

that the bear foothills hostel it's

doubled in price and some people might

say that and be like oh my god that's

ridiculous I'm not gonna lie for a

hundred bucks what they gave you at the

hiker hostel it was a it was a bargain

to say the least so that included a

shuttle from the train once you get to

the Atlanta Airport

I forget the actual train station you

can jump on the train right from the

airport and they tell you to get on the

train and whatever station was that they

asked you to meet up that I'll try to

leave down here

so it's included a shovel from the train

they stopped at Walmart also so you can

get whatever you need last-minute for

the trail maybe didn't have food or

something you know you needed to stock

up get stuff for the trail a stay at the

hostel of course I didn't leave

breakfast in the morning so I think it

may have been included I can't really

remember and then the next morning after

you stay you get a shuttle to either

Amicalola Falls or the top of Springer

Mountain for what you get it was a great

package at 100 it was an incredible

package at $100 in in all honesty I

think 200 is fairly reasonable from

where they even pick you up back to the

hostel it's still a pretty long ride I

feel like it was like 35 minutes maybe

40 minutes so they're dropping a pretty

good ways to get you you know coming

back and forth and I think it's a

reasonable price to pay if it's around

$200 now of course you can look at other

options I've heard some people actually

who bird down there so keep that in mind

there are other possibilities you could

Hoover or maybe even taxi or arrange

something with a shuttle driver so once

you find your way down to the Georgia

area you have the option of course to

head up to either Springer Mountain

there is a parking lot I believe that's

a roughly a mile away from the top of

Springer Mountain or you can head to

Amicalola State Falls and do the

approach drone I did the approach drill

and I do highly recommend that you do it

to the people of the visitor center

there were super cool we got there first

thing in the morning and they were hard

at work already so there's a little gift

shop and stuff there information center

and when we got there so you go through

like a little alleyway and then you pop

up and you see the big archway that you

see in all the videos not note to me

that was uh it was kind of a special

moment as corny as it sounds it was like

oh man we're here it was it was a great

thing to see so I could goosebumps I

don't know if he can see them I remember

like it was yesterday so yeah we uh we

walked out right into the archway and we

took a bunch of pictures so it was four

of us and there was a gentleman on the

left hand side who had a little table

set up and they were checking in through

hikers outside so he had his you know

the check-in list so you can register

your hike there and he'd talk to you you

know whatever information needed he was

full of information they have a scale

there too so you can wet your pack if

that's what you're into and I believe

also have a shelter there so if you do

happen to get in say late the night

before you could in theory get shuttled

or dropped off somewhere at Amicalola

State Park and I guess that there is a

shelter there that you can state the

night before you're through hike so keep

that in mind too if you do the approach

trail you get to get dropped off at

Amicalola Falls you can register your

hike which is good for the ATC it's good

that they can keep track of these

numbers of course registration is

completely voluntary but I do believe

that the numbers help them it's kind of

help them in some way with like funding

and stuff like that so even if you don't

start at the approach trail you can

register your thru-hike on the ATC

website and I would recommend you do so

it's beautiful I mean the waterfalls

there are very very nice and it's just a

great sight to see so we took our time

going up it and it was enjoyable very

enjoyable so and also it's kind of a

nice introduction as to what you're

getting yourself into so the approach

trail it's a I don't know seven hundred

or however many steps it is and it just

kind of goes like straight up it's a

very short glimpse of what you're about

to get yourself into on the Appalachian

Trail so if you go to the approach trail

and you're having outrages difficulty

you may have a bad time on the

Appalachian Trail of course your body

kind of adjusts itself as it keeps going

but you know do the approach trail I

think it's really part of the journey in

my opinion I kind of wish they would

start the trail at the approach trail

instead of on top of Springer but

whatever works my final thought on the

approach trail to people like I'm not

doing the the extra mileage it's eight

more miles

what's eight more miles on top of 2,200

so I don't know that's my thought

especially the beginning you know an

extra eight miles like yeah whatever

whoo at least it was for me so I don't

know my thoughts anyway do the approach

trail it was beautiful people at

Amicalola super friendly I don't know

the archway for me was kind of a cool

deal so it is my recommendation that

should do the approach trail so you do

the approach trail after the initial

climb up the approach trail I don't

remember anything about the actual trail

being too difficult I remember getting

on the actual trail so out of like the

park area and onto the trail like in the

woods and as someone who's hiked in New

Hampshire essentially all his hiking

experience up to that point was New

Hampshire and Maine

I was kind of shocked at how different

the trail was it was much less rocky and

Rudy and it was it was a very different

change of pace for me and I was kind of

like whoa this is this is pretty cool so

the trail I didn't think particularly

was too difficult and eventually you

roll up this prayer amount as far as

Springer Mountain goes it's a little I

don't want to say it underwhelming mm

it's not really there is a little bit of

a view off of there's kind of like a

little clearing where you can see down

to there's also a nice little sign that

you can take a picture at it's like a

plaque put into the rock up there you

see a lot of people initially when they

start the trail have their picture taken

up there I have mine as well of course

and then there is a trail log up there

too if you want to sign in

of course and it's almost it looks like

an oven I like right on the summit it's

on underneath like a big old rock they

usually have a trail log up there when

we went there was also a Ridge Runner up

there who is just suggesting campgrounds

for the night and it turns out a lot of

people had heard that Springer Mountain

campsite is usually packed so most

people were heading to the next campsite

which is actually where we were and that

is um yeah Stover Creek shelter so

apparently everybody skipped Springer

because they always heard it was so

packed and she was like nobody's staying

there keep in mind that if you do want

to stay up at the shelter add Springer

it's possible that it won't be as

crowded as Stover Creek so that first

night of course we did the approach

trail so I was eight miles and then we

headed another 2.8 to the Stover Creek

shelter and I recall tons of camping

space at the shelter and for obvious

reasons it's right at the start of the

trail of course you know they're

probably gonna make it a pretty large

shelter to accommodate that many people

the shelter was huge and had a covered

porch area that's great especially when

it's raining the end the shelters with

the covered porches with a table

underneath were a godsend it was nice to

be able to kind of sit down and cook

away from the rain nice little thing to

have water was super ample and it was

very very close to the shelter after

that we mosey dawn the next day so we

did a was at eight point so we got to my

late point once it was honorable

can I math five five miles that day and

we stayed at the hawk mountain shelter

for what it's worth there is a Hawk

Mountain Campground I believe half a

mile or something before this I actually

went there thinking it was the shelter

and it wasn't so don't make the mistake

I did and the reason we stopped in five

miles it was mom soon raining out that

day I got absolutely soaked

I remember getting to the hawk mountain

shelter and I was drenched like

absolutely drenched my buddy flood my

German friend who I was hiking with was

already there so I got on the shelter

and he was like ah Chris you made it

just rich tauranga go buy clothing and

uh yeah Hawk Mountain shelter was

interesting and this is another a

massive massive shelter there's tons of

camping spots I had mentioned in my 80

start date video and why I would

possibly change it this was one of the

busiest campgrounds I had ever seen in

my life I don't think I had ever seen as

many people stay at a campsite and a lot

of that of course was due to the weather

I think people were just done they were

just like I'm not pushing on on this so

I think that causes kind of a bubble

with people to get stuck like right in

that shelter other than that it was it

was a nice nice spot they did have some

stuff roped off I think they were trying

to like brief agitation in a couple

areas it had extremely easy water access

and it's very easy to get to

so we Mose it on out of there I do

remember around mile 19 REM Rock

Mountain had a pretty epic view around

mile 21.8 preaching Rock also I believe

that the name of it had a very

impressive viewpoint I remember that one

very well so the next night we went to

Lance Creek at this model 24.3 at least

in 2017 and it was a pretty small area

with a lot of people and that bubble

from Hawk Mountain

you know we pushed what was the 16 miles

that day and still a ton of people so

this is a very very small area I

remember I think in the book it says

it's only intended for like a couple

people but there were a ton of people

there and as I recall there's almost

like a access road that goes around it

and there were people all camped on like

the access road the good thing we pushed

16 that day and this was because

impending

they're coming the next day and we were

to go over Blood Mountain the next

morning that was the plan we'll push

real hard that that day we did the

sixteen and then we'll have a fairly

easy day into meal gap out of Lance

Creek we uh very very early that next

morning so I think we left camp at like

4:00 in the morning and we went over the

top of Blood Mountain at Mile 29.3 and

we got on top of Blood Mountain it was

right

like right as maybe a little bit after

the Sun had just risen so I didn't find

the height particularly too difficult a

Blood Mountain a lot of people seem to

have thought it was definitely on the

difficult side I just personally did not

think so I would consider myself at the

time when I started in relatively good

hiking shape again I did a lot of hiking

up on the whites in New Hampshire before

coming outs of the trail and I would

consider myself fairly fit at that time

again some people did think Blood

Mountain was pretty pretty difficult we

got up in over Blood Mountain right in

the morning and then got down into NiO

gap there was an impending snowstorm so

they did they got snow on top of Blood

Mountain that afternoon so we literally

just missed the storm you could

literally see the clouds moving in while

we were on top so glad we pushed the

mileage the day before and I'm glad that

we got down when we did we got down to

kneel gap so that is mild 31.7 we beat

the storm and the outfit of there

mountain crossings that's the spot where

a lot of people end up getting off the

trails they find the trail is not what

they wanted maybe it's too difficult

maybe it's just not what they hoped it

would be

it's a a very iconic I think place on

the Appalachian Trail see you didn't you

know everybody's videos mostly we went

in there I had mailed a resupply box to

myself there just because I know that we

passed right through it and I bought a

coke there as well they do charge you to

pick up your box it's nothing expensive

I think it's like a dollar not a big

deal just worth mentioning so you know

in general the gear here is definitely

on the pricey side you're paying a

convenience fee for sure I'm you know

pretty big gear geek so I went around

was looking at stuff and I was like

prices were for some stuff and I was

pretty steep realize that if you do need

gear there especially some of the bigger

stuff you're probably gonna pay a kind

of a convenience fee if you will it is

worth mentioning that they

do I believe have a hostel attached

directly to that building and there's

also some cabins I guess a little bit

down the road we did not stay there we

had three of us that were still together

from the beginning well two of us me but

and then we picked up nomads and then so

there were three of us and we were like

out let's find a fourth guy you know

we'll split a room we'll head down to

Blairsville Blairsville is the closest

town to that area and we had a trail

angel who shuttled us down to

Blairsville and we spent the night at

the Seasons Inn and again four of us we

picked up some random kid I still don't

even remember his name it was roughly

like twenty bucks a night between us 80

bucks for a room whatever if twenty

bucks a person the rooms are pretty nice

nothing too fancy the people who ran it

were ultra friendly I remember the the

woman in particular I forget her name

but she was like a sweetheart they also

a coin laundry available which of course

is huge got to get your laundry done and

we ate at Copeland's burgers in southern

eats in town there that place was so

good so good the bartender there was

super cool too she offered us a ride to

the trail the next morning if we wanted

it unfortunately we ended up dying from

Noro which maybe I'll get into really

good food cheap beer have the mushroom

and swiss burger excellent cabin coffee

and company is right across the street

there too they had exceptionally fast

internet I uploaded I think two videos

in that in that coffee shop and I think

it took 15 minutes style or both and

then directly across from the parking

lot of the seasons in was a place called

Papa's pizza and they had a pizza buffet

available so needless to say we sampled

all the cuisine of that little little

town center there and we did catch Noro

so it's something that if you're

starting at a very busy part of the

season that you may have to worry about

and everybody in that area not just the

people in that hotel I did talk to the

woman at season's motel and she said

most of the hikers here we're spending

extra days because everybody was sick I

remember talking to people after the

fact the people in the cabins were all

getting sick and they shot the hostel

down back at Neill gap and from what I

was told they put up a sign it said like

closed for renovations or something I'm

pretty sure they were just bleaching the

entire building because everybody who

started the trail at that point got sick

it's hard to avoid

Noro is extremely contagious bring some

soap wash your hands stay away from

other people

don't reach into trail magic that avoid

lookup videos on avoiding Noro on the

trail in Blairsville

I did not resupply personally but there

is a small grocery store that's right

behind the seasons in and they seem to

have had everything that could keep you

going

we also went to a breakfast place in one

of the days called hole-in-the-wall it

was a small breakfast since we were

recovering from Noro but it was pretty

good very reasonably priced there is

also a chick-fil-a within walking

distance to the seasons in maybe five to

ten minute walk there's also an ATM

there I actually went to the ATM that's

why I saw the chick-fil-a yeah

Blairsville a cool town cool people

great little spots you can go to and you

can resupply and enjoy your time there

the night we left Neal gap we ended up

staying at the low Gap shelter that was

my health 43.2 and this area was again

packed with people the shelter looked

really nice I opted to stay in my tent

and it's the first night that I actually

meant spitfyre who became one of my

Trail fan and it was the night Elmer

Fudd actually got his trail name we were

talking to a Spitfire she was sitting in

the shelter me and Dan were on the trail

just you know chatting back and forth

and she was like you have a trail name

yep it was like I do not why it's like

you should be called Elmer Fudd and I

had just remember that hell oh oh thank

you it it's the perfect nickname he's

like I I do not understand

she's like you see Looney Tunes he's

German she didn't know if Looney Tunes

was so I guess yes I'm familiar with it

she goes same rascally rabbit

he's like Westley what oh it was good

there's good stuff so uh yeah that's

where fun get his name from water very

easily to get to it's literally like

spitting distant not spitting distance

it's a bad term I'm just I think the

water stores but you can see the water

source from the shelter so it's a

hundred not even a hundred it's probably

fifty feet from the shelter so water

very close to the shelter and plenty of

camping spots the shelter was pretty big

too so after that night I feel like the

trail was a little bit more difficult

and I think a lot of that had to do with

still recovering from Nora I was just

feeling so weak and if you watch the

videos of that hike you can see it too

like I feel like

really pale in them and I say once we

get to the next site we stayed at that

night that like I just was not feeling

it like I feel like I was still almost

dehydrated from sickness another thing

too I guess if you do get Noro consider

taking an extra day or two off you'll

feel like you want to get out I was

itching to get back out like I feel like

I was getting stir-crazy but I really

could have used another day to like

recover like really like replenish

myself that night we stayed at the

cheese factory site mile 56 we kept

referring to it as the Cheesecake

Factory

unfortunately no delicious Bible sized

menu but got there I need some ramen and

tunicates that's what you do on the

Appalachian Trail and again I felt like

death it was so bad I remember it very

very specifically and the water was a

bit of a walk and I remember that area

was like very very buggy worked out well

for us

to get to the water you actually cross I

think what's a Forest Service a road or

something like that and it's the first

time I'll be enough I met mystery in it

so I was walking down to the water

source and I heard mMmmm I was like who

the hell is driving up here and I turned

and I had never met her before obviously

I was never really on the Appalachian

Trail besides in New Hampshire I turned

I saw the van I've seen pictures of her

van it's a very very easy to easy to

spot van rolling up the mountains then I

was like no way so I stopped like on the

side of the road and wave to her and she

stopped her truck her her van rolled

down her window and I was like that miss

Janet and she's like yeah yeah how you

doing just like you need anything odd no

it's like no I just wanted to say hello

and she's like oh I'm good to see you

good luck up there and she kept driving

off she had some guy in the back I don't

know maybe it's skipping trail so I

don't know what he was doing maybe she

was but she was definitely shoveling in

somewhere I have no idea where that road

goes so if you do maybe you can tell me

where she was bringing him that was my

first interaction with Miss Janet in

after that day you end up climbing up

tree mountain that was mild fifty eight

point one after the cheese factory site

and I believe the viewpoint was a little

bit off trail from what I remember it's

like a little wooden path you go up and

you just go up just a tiny bit but

definitely check it out it was a

beautiful beautiful viewpoint we stayed

at a deep gap on that night so mile 66

and that shelter was huge as well

sure to get water on the walk down to

the shelter so you literally cross the

water source for the shelter on your way

to the shelter so just make sure to get

it on the way I say and this is the

first time that I met the guy tape that

we hiked with and the two wisconsin

brothers they were part of our trail

family for a while tape unfortunately

did end up getting off the trail but he

was a pretty chilly guy too

plenty of camping spots around there I

actually did end up camping the shelter

was 2 floors there was a nice little

porch area there was a little overhang

with like a table attached to the

shelter so that you could you know

cooker something on the side of the

shelter and but the next day we came out

at Dick's Creek Gap and I believe this

is where the top of Georgia hostel is

it's within easy walking distance from

there I think it's like point 2 miles

just down a hill Spitfire actually had a

package sent there so she went to go

pick it up and she came back up and we

were awaiting there was a parking area

there we get some good trail magic guy

was I think he was from Florida think he

mentioned came up with his wife and they

were up some hot dogs and stuff

it was delicious

and we were waiting in the parking area

there because the budget in had a

shuttle that ran at specific times to

pick up hikers and bring them into town

and we ended up taking a shuttle and we

ended up staying at the budget in so I

believe that's the budget in at

Hiawassee the hotel I think has been

sold I know a guy wrong was the one who

ran it I know he used to post a lot in

the Appalachian Trail Facebook groups I

think he sold the hotel so I do not know

the current situation there and a lot of

people had mixed reviews about it I will

say it is a it's a very no-frills kind

of hotel I feel like it had a reputation

on the trail because of this whether or

not you think that was good or bad is up

to you but in all honesty it had

everything you need and I feel like

people were just being very dramatic

about it there was a coin laundry thing

there so they have like it was almost

like a outhouse I was like a building is

that what they call with laundry that

you could do and it was coin coin

laundry Mountain crossings the same

outfitter and neo gap also operates a

very kind of small pop-up shop outfitter

out of a building there so they sell

essentially you know some of the smaller

and larger essentials that you may need

they had knee braces there they had

little bits and pieces like some

trekking poles so

jackets like just random odds and ends

that you may find yourself needing on

the trail and that was kind of cool you

know unexpected to see was it the nicest

motel on the Appalachian Trail no not

really

but did it suffice yep did I live yep

did I have any issue while I say there

absolutely not would have stayed there

again if I were on the trail so I had no

issue with it whatsoever maybe if you're

one of those people or like you couldn't

stay in this place

you might have herself in this room but

I I for one did not mind it at all

nobody in our party seemed to have

actually so I think 13 people that

jumped in that van and say that the

budget in just in that run so that whole

place was filled with hikers that night

everywhere you looked it was hiked Hertz

in the town of self Hiawassee seemed

pretty cool for what it's worth there's

a Dairy Queen and a Taco Bell directly

next to the budget end it was lovely got

to a share mr. Elmer Fudd's first Dairy

Queen experience so that was pretty

funny he thoroughly enjoyed it I didn't

feel like walking to the grocery store

which was a little ways through the town

it would have been a little bit of a

walk and I didn't need a full resupply

anyway from what I was told the grocery

store was stocked you know a legit

grocery store you could have bought

anything that you needed you know food

wise I opted to go next door they had a

Rite Aid pharmacy as I didn't need much

just loaded up with what I did and you

know wasn't too expensive and the food

store was Ingalls by the way so after

that we shifted on back up and on this

day I believe was the day we crossed the

Georgia North Carolina border miles 70

8.5 and this seemed like an eternity

that we made it to the North Carolina

border and it's a very very tiny sign on

one of the trees there so make sure you

don't pass it it's most noticeable as

there's a little piece of pipe gets

stuck in the tree like the treeger

around the pipe so keep an eye out for

that pipe anyway and yeah once you did

it you made it through your first state

so it took us forever I mean between the

Noro and like the initial rain right off

the bat it felt like we would never get

to North Carolina we did finally make it

felt great to make it into North

Carolina should feel good you made it

through your first state so here in

North Carolina

of note of course there is a nice little

seasonal stream it appears that flows

directly after the border this was not

listed I don't think in the guidebook

but we walked maybe 50 feet past the

border and the

nice little seasonal stream that was

flowing so we filled up water there and

there is also possible option to camp

right after there and there were a bunch

of people that were doing it it was a

pretty cool tree up there it had some

name I'll try to I'll put it in the I

think I have a video of the tree

congratulations you made it through

Georgia and you're in North Carolina so

some follow-up thoughts and notes that I

have on Georgia in general so Georgia

besides the Norrell was a very enjoyable

stay for me starting on April 1st or

technically the second the weekend of

the 1st and 2nd when I did was extremely

crowded more crowded than I would have

liked

check out my Appalachian Trail start

date video I'll leave a link up here if

you want to see more about the start

dates not gonna go too much into detail

I was so excited to finally be out on

the trail that like everything just felt

incredible I can't explain going to that

Dairy Queen and talk about when we get

to Hiawassee the the amount of joy that

I felt from eating that Dairy Queen

you'll find very quickly that it's the

little things that carry you along the

Appalachian Trail the lack of leaves on

the trail at this time made for very hot

hiking days so you still have the Sun

beating down on you all day I was also

being stupid and was wearing all black

of course it was very warm

I'm from New England where in April

typically you know it can still be

freezing out you can get snow storms in

April very often and I wasn't quite used

to the southerner heat so I think a

bunch of the days where there's a tease

just be aware maybe worth packing

sunscreen as well but yeah you can

definitely experienced some very toasty

weather and the lack of leaf coverage

will keep you a very hot Georgia also

had some pretty epic views and with the

lack of leaf coverage you could also see

around you like pretty well so like even

areas where there wouldn't normally be a

view you could look around and there

still was a view that might be something

to look forward to I noticed and this

may seem a little strange to some but

living near Boston grocery prices and

stuff like that down south just seemed

so much cheaper and I mean that in the

best way possible it's awesome so like I

just noticed stuff up here that you know

may cost like 20 or 50 more sense where

like you know so much cheaper down there

I was like alright this is pretty sweet

so it was a very welcomed thing

obviously and it's something worth

mentioning

if you're from the Northeast if you live

near a major city even anyway I feel

like grocery prices are typically a

little more expensive than elsewhere so

that was definitely a welcome sight down

south not that they'd say if you're from

the Boston area people here geez people

are miserable hi there's no other way to

put it I think Boston was rated one of

like the most unfriendly cities you can

see that any day if I walk down the

street and like someone's past me and

I'm like hey how you doing how dare you

talk to me it's a very weird thing you

pass someone down south and like okay

how you do case in point the Taco Bell

Elmer Fudd ordered a dr. pepper they

were out of dr. pepper he had been

looking forward to a high school dr.

pepper for like days he'd been talking

about it for days the woman behind the

counter offered to go in next door there

was a another fast-food place I hear Oh

chango's I forget what it was offered to

go next door and get him a dr. pepper

you think you see that in Boston no way

would be like yeah tough luck guy get

out of here so the people super friendly

everywhere I went down south everyone

was awesome for real like every location

we stopped that in Blairsville and

Hiawassee everybody was super friendly

does water I think a lot of people are

worried about water when we started in

Georgia water was everywhere at the

beginning of the trail I was drinking an

absolute ton of water and I think people

thought I was exaggerating this but I

was legit drinking probably eight liters

a day easily there were days that I

would drink even more than that we would

we'd be walking I'd load like two up I

drink one we'd be passing another one in

like two miles and I beg Guilford I got

a stop real quick he'd be like what how

did you drink everything like all my

water would be gone so I noticed myself

drinking much much more right in the

beginning

it definitely weaned off like near the

end of the trail there were days like I

could go like with much shorter water

refilling I guess you'd say and I think

a lot of that had to do with the shape I

was in at that time - I was like a lean

mean walking machine by the end of the

the trail so I definitely drank a ton of

water the terrain of course as I

mentioned much much different than what

I was used to up in New Hampshire it was

much smoother substantially less rocks

and they have these things down soft

called switchbacks

so you don't just go right up a mountain

you kind of zigzag back and forth up

them now

so that was that that was something new

something I hadn't seen before

the first couple days I felt pretty achy

your body's gonna have to adjust to this

so I feel like a lot of people really

try to push right in the beginning and

are like I'm gonna get to kneel gap

tomorrow you could do it awesome

wonderful but a lot of people I think

push themselves too hard they end up by

they're getting like injured or just

there in like copious amounts of pain

for no reason take it a little bit slow

I think adrenaline kind of takes over

and you just want to push really fight

that you know try to pace yourself

pretty well in the beginning and start

getting accustomed to the mileage and

the weight that you're carrying to you

know that's my opinion on it anyway I

did feel some knee joint pain during

that initial beginning period as well

and I was having knee pain before I left

for the trail if you watch my initial

gear videos I had knee braces that I was

a carrying around with me I opted to

pick up east bandages and I just wrapped

ace bandages around my knees super tight

for about three days and then luckily

the soreness went away of course your

results may vary I also kind of changed

how I was walking I found myself leaning

forward a lot more so I made a conscious

effort to kind of lean back a little

while I was hiking that may have helped

as well and yeah after the first week I

mostly felt good you know you get some

general pain here and there but while

your body is getting accustomed to this

constant in a walking and exercise with

weight on you I think most people will

have soreness for sure and your fitness

level is gonna dictate how bad that

actually is but overall I felt pretty

good my feet so many people were

complaining about blisters and their

shoes and if there's one thing I can't

stress enough find Footwear that works

for you do hikes beforehand and test out

footwear if you're getting blisters I'm

gonna say 95% of the time it's probably

because the shoes you were wearing are

not fit properly definitely invest in

good Footwear and test it before you get

to the trail if you're having bad feet

especially right in the beginning it's

gonna make your time so much worse it's

gonna be such a mental thorough off for

you definitely look into getting some

good Footwear and test them out alright

that's going to do it everyone I hope

the video was helpful for you I'm gonna

try to get the North Carolina video

recorded and hopefully out by March

maybe the first week of March

I'd really like Georgia and North

Carolina videos to be available

four hikers starting this year and I

feel like the bulk of them start right

around March into April

so hopefully that video will be out in

time for this year's class to check out

so I hope it helps you either on your

thru-hike section hike

random hike whatever you're doing and if

it does consider dropping the video

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