Day 12 - 21 March/Thursday - Ice Pellets... We hiked 7.7 miles to Standing Indian Shelter at mile 85.9 on the AT. While hiking, we experienced a little snow and ice pellets while up on the mountains, and occasional rain down in the valleys. By the time we finished cooking dinner (ramen and chicken-flavored rice, we had already accumulated a half-inch of ice pellets on the ground. It will be another cold night of tenting.
Only one bar of mobile phone service tonight, so there will probably be no photo uploading until a later date.
Day 10 - 19 March/Tuesday hiked 11.1 miles to Dicks Creek Gap at mile 69.3 on the AT. Total feet climbed up mountains today was 2,441; down was 3,817 feet. We are sleeping in a low area tonight. Spending the night in bunk beds at a hiker hostel with about 15 other exhausted hikers (thank goodness for earplugs).
On Day 9, 18 March, we climbed a total of 2,670 feet up and descended a total of 2,201 feet. Thus we are 560 feet higher tonight than last night. The temperature drops an average of 3 and 1/2 degrees F with 1,000 feet of height, and the winds tend to be much stronger at high altitudes. Mountain hiking while wearing a heavy backpack in cold weather means constantly putting on and taking off layers to remain comfortable as the wind and sun vary on different sides of the mountain ridges, and the heat you are generating varies with climbing up (hot) versus down (cooler).
Hiked 7.3 miles to Blue Mountain Shelter at mile 50.1. Beautiful cool and sunny day. Below freezing to tonight at our campsight. Only about three other thru-hikers here besides us.