Today was a good day.
We got up early, had breakfast at the lodge, and got dropped off back at Wayah Bald. We didn’t go up to the tower yesterday, so that’s where we started the day, today.
Wayah Bald Tower video
Since we were slackpacking, we knew we could make really good time so we took off. The weather wasn’t great so I just didn’t stop. I took these pictures during the first half of the day, but that’s it.
I made pretty good time, even walking through that crap. When I got to Tellico Gap, I had covered nine and a half miles in exactly three hours. Not bad.
I figured that was a good opportunity to eat lunch. While I was eating, the fog finally broke and the sun came out. Also my Clif bar gave me a motivational speech.
Since the sun was out, it took a little longer to do the other eight and a half miles down to the NOC. I could finally take some pictures and videos that were worth sharing.
About a mile and a half uphill from Tellico Gap is the Wesser Bald tower. I’m glad the sun came out before I’d made it there.
Wesser Bald Tower video
While I went up to the tower, 6’12” decided to keep going. Apparently he just wants to hike without any of the benefits of his long climbs.
So, I started down the trail on my own and enjoyed the solitude for a while. Except when the woman who went up the fire tower after me started screaming (verbatim) “HOLY TOLEDO!! I’M ON TOP OF THE WORLD. OH EM GEE!!” See, weird stuff at towers.
Here are a few pictures from my trip down into the NOC.
Here’s a video from a great view on the descent.
Agro Crag video
So, as I mentioned earlier, 6’12” skipped the tower and headed down the mountain. I spent about an hour on the tower so he had a pretty good head start. I finally caught up with him and saw him on the other side of a valley. I yelled at him and he didn’t answer. I remembered he had his ear buds in, so this happened…
Stalking a 6’12” video (Foul language)
We made it into NOC around 5:00. This is what was happening when we got here.
River People video
Wiggy picked us up around 7:00 and took us back to the lodge. We were fairly beaten after a long, awesome day. Sleep shouldn’t be a problem.