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    2ply's Avatar
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    Thumbs up Springer Mountain New Years

    Had a great time spending New Years on top of Springer. I was running later than I wanted and knew I would be the last one there on Monday. When I pulled into the lot all the cars there had Fla tags so no Ga hangers insight. I put on my pack and headed to the top. About half way up it started to get foggy and by the time I got set up at dark it was like being in a cloud. Even though I set up on the leeward side of the ridge the wind was really strong and the temps dropped so things started to freeze.



    About 7:00 I snuggled down in the hammock to read and the next thing I knew it was 1:45 and nature was calling. In the morning I hiked to the summit to check out the views and take a look at the trail register.



    First white blaze in Ga


    Meet Doug and Hawk, the first through hikers of the year. Hawk was on his third through hike and walked to Springer from Pa. Doug just got out of the Army and watched a Nat Geo special on the AT and thought it would be fun so the next week he headed to Ga to start the stroll to Maine.



    Headed back to camp to have lunch and read some more. The new Ox Palace tarp worked great. I could sit in the vestibule and cook out of the wind.



    There was plenty of room inside to escape the elements.



    Old4hats made his appearance about lunch time and I was glad to see him. Even though we were the only hangers to show up it was still a great time. Old4hats set up his new tree shelf and we had some coffee to ward off the chill. Gotta get one of those things, they work really well. Just before dark Joan West and her friend Sue stopped by to say hello as they were doing the Ga loop and staying not too far away.
    Some time after 7:00 we headed to our hammocks and were going to meet back in awhile but we both fell asleep and missed ringing in the New Year. We had a leisurely morning and hiked out to our cars. Saw quite a few folks hiking up to the top to enjoy a nice New Years day. It was a great way to spend the start of a new year and I'm already to do it again.
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    Glad it was a good trip.
    Thought about coming up but just couldn't work it out. Maybe next year
    thanks for sharing the pics
    KOH

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    Nice picts. Getting folks to hang in the winter can be a challenge.
    Those boys are sure getting an early start to their hike.
    That's one way to beat the crowds.
    O&B
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    Good to see a few people starting, hope to meet them but they may be well ahead of me starting Jan. 10... Your tarp looks fantastic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickgann View Post
    Good to see a few people starting, hope to meet them but they may be well ahead of me starting Jan. 10... Your tarp looks fantastic!
    You'll probably catch up to them when they're snow bound in the Smokies.
    Last edited by 2ply; 01-02-2014 at 21:47.
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    Thanks for the pics! Was planning on being there, but "stuff" happened. Maybe another group hang in the near future?

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    Thanks For The Trip Report and Pics 2 Ply!

    Would have gone if it were not for work getting in the way, glad you and Old 4 Hats made it up there. Nice pictures, it's been almost 2 years since I was there, and it looks the same. I will see you soon at the next hang I hope.

    LB

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    Good pics sir, I must conquer that one of these days. My greatest impression was that the temp locked in at 28 and didn't budge for over 12 hrs. Oh yeah, next time out in the cold, granny pat will have to be there, a fire is definitely needed.

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    Glad you had a good time. Fire is always good, even when it isn't cold.
    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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    Very nice - I've done a couple of those in years past and it is always a good time. Generally there are a bunch of former thru hikers that come up and ring in the new year - did they show up this year?
    Hiking & Hanging is therapy, and much cheaper than medication in the long run. Carry on.

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