The climb down from Blue Mtn shelter to Unicoi Gap was less than fun. Dropping 1000′ in elevation over a short distance makes your knees and thighs scream.
The hike up Tray helped me see why this is rated strenuous. The only way for me was slow and steady. There was the occasional relief with “level” ground but most of it was a gradual to steep incline.
We maintained 30 min miles but took a few long breaks since we weren’t in a hurry. One thing to say is that this leg had some nice scenic views. We rolled into the shelter about 6:20 and we’re the only ones here.
Tomorrow looks like more of the same. The first 5 miles look downhill so the knees should be shot by the time we have to climb another 1000′ in a mile. 🙂
Dinner sure felt good last night. I need to work on longer-lasting food, though. Woke up at 7:30 starving.
We had some rain last night but temps didn’t get too cold. I was hot in the hammock and had to strip down until early morning.
There’s a small chill in the air now but I doubt it lasts long. The sun is coming up, the birds are chirping, and the coffee is steaming. Life is good. Now where did I put that Ibuprofen? 😉