Day Nine...Beautiful Day

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Today is our last day before we resupply, so our packs are the lightest they have been in 5 days. There was only one really challenging mountain during this stretch of the hike, but we were rewarded at the top with a really cool old fire tower. 

As we were hiking up the mountain, Chief caught up to us. It was really good to see Chief again.  The view from the fire tower was great. Unfortunately, the upper portion of the tower was closed; so we could not go all the way to the top.  

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Our day was for the most part uneventful. 

On the trail, everyone either brings stuff that they don't need or they forget something important. At our first food resupply, Kate dropped about 5 lbs from her pack, and I plan on dropping about 3 lbs from my pack at our next stop.

I have heard stories of people coming on the trail with 50 lbs in their backpack and at the first place they stop,  they drop around 20 lbs of gear.

It's hard to tell what you are going to need before you start an expedition, whether on the AT or anywhere; especially if you live in a very different climate. My advice, and what has served me well in the past, is to find someone who has done what you want to do, or something similar.  Talk to them, ask what worked and what did not. So at the very least, you don't make the same mistakes they did.  

Miles 15.9

Steps 41,122 

Location: Latitude: 35.11929, Longitude: -83.54800