26 March 2010
by, 03-26-2010 at 08:51 PM (545 Views)
26 March 2010, Sassafras Gap
Last night Gipc Girl got up quite a few times in the night to go into the bathroom. I had assumed that she was making a normal bathroom call and minded my own business. When morning came I asked her if she was alright and she told me she got up several times in the night to run her ankle under cold water. When she showed me her ankle I noticed the swelling had started going into her toes and she could not longer even get her boot on her foot. There was a trail angle in the area that I knew who was also staying at the motel. His name was Mala. I talked to Mala and he was willing to take Gipc Girl to Franklin to the foot and ankle clinic.
Uncas and I caught the first shuttle out of town back to Unicoi Gap this morning. When we arrived at Tray Gap we were very cols and were surprised to see two people there hosting trail magic. Their names were DR Dewrag and Jeff. The trail magic was great and very rewarding but the problem was it was so windy and cold that we had to put all out extra clothes on to try to stay warm. We apologized that we had to leave because we were so cold and had to keep moving. I would have loved to stay but it was extremely cold. I hope they were not offended.
Uncas and I had agreed to that if we split up we would wait for the other person at Tray Mountain Shelter. I arrived at the shelter first and made up my lunch and waited for Uncas who never came. I got tired of waiting and moved on.
The trail past Tray Mountain Shelter is in bad shape, there are a lot of blow downs and in real need of trail maintenance.
I arrived at Sassafras Gap to find Uncas all set up for the night. I was hoping to make it to Deep Gap Shelter for the night but since Uncas was already set up I stopped for the night. Another hiker by the name Rock Steady also came and set up camp for the night. Rock Steady has spent the last hour getting a fire going. I did not think he would get it going but he did.