Today started out with a half mile climb up about 500 feet in the freezing cold out of Tesnatee Gap. At the summit, the sun started to peek out over the ridge and shine through all the frozen ice on the tree limbs. It looked like a frosted fairy land.
It was a short day with an early finish at Lowgap shelter. I ran into Moxie, a trail runner, along the way who reported that the temperatures were expected to be well down below freezing tonight. She suggested everyone stay at Lowgap to stay warm.
After arriving at Lowgap shelter, many people showed up who I’ve met along the way from Springer Mountain. It was a great afternoon of trail community and sharing stories of the rain and the cold.
AT Thru-Hike Stats
Section Day #6 (3/18/23)
Start — Tesnatee Gap (37.3)
End - Low Gap Shelter (42.8)
Today's mileage: 5.5
Total section miles: 42.8
Section Avg: 7.1
Total miles on AT: 1078.3
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