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Day 4, January 6
Gooch Shelter to Neel Gap, 15.4 miles
I woke up the next morning a little before 6AM, I planned to start packing up around 6:30 and get an early start to the day. I already knew someone was packing up as their flashlight kept shining down the hill into my tent. It didn’t feel too chilly, but I was pretty comfortable in my tent. I took the clothes I planned on wearing that day and pushed them in my sleeping bag down by my feet to warm up a little bit. In the meantime, I texted my dad, finished my previous day review and posted it to Instagram and Facebook.
The view on the way up to Prospector’s Rock.
View from Prospector’s Rock
View from the blue-blazed side trail
That’s it? Seriously? This can’t be? After all this, that’s my reward?! Well, I made it already 3:18PM. It was time to head down to get to Mountain Crossings and eat PIZZA (my new motivation). Feeling a little defeated I asked a day hiker if this really was it? I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. She asked me which way I hiked up and informed me on the way down there were such great views! Phew, I didn’t come that far for nothing. It was a steep, technical climb down and I had definitely hiked up in the right direction. There were so many day hikers and their dogs! My only regret is not being able to sit and admire the view but given my time crunch, I had to keep moving. Now my photos didn’t turn out the best, it being 67 degrees and sunny it inferred with my lense. I guess I’ll just have to go back. But here’s what I got.
The famous tree. Of northbound thru-hikers, only about 25% actually complete the hike. Many quit after hiking Blood Mountain and toss their shoes up into the tree. (I still got mine, just saying).