Hiking With The Ellis's 2017

User: StevenEllis
Dates: 17 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
Duration: 3 weeks
URL: http://TrackMyTour.com/md14D

Appalachian Trail hike 2017 GA to MA

Friday 7 Apr 2017 18:43

Today we had a death defying experience---decision to stay in shelter or hike 10 miles through the deep powdered snow ---no path visible--we chose to hike out as we were tired of being cold and hungry---two 70 year old ladies stayed---our friend Cricket one shelter back---decided she wasn't going to move---they had to call in a rescue---three little girls were freezing as they didn't have proper gear---dying was very real---we made it to Clingmans Dome and the Ranger wanted us off the trail for safety---so we had hike the 7 mile road to New Found Gap---we hitched a ride to Gatlinburg--- Nancy is tired of death defying adventures---so after 200 miles we are coming home---thanks for praying for us

Posted: April 7, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Friday 7 Apr 2017 11:50

What a day ---blowing snow---6 inch deep mud on the path---we made it safely to a shelter 3 miles from Clingmans Dome---we are at about 6000 ft and the temperature is dropping into the single digits---there is about 3 tents outside in 8 inches of snow---the roads are shut down ----we are going to get to a town for warmth and safety ---we have 17 people squeezed into a 12 person shelter ---pray no one gets Hypothermia

Posted: April 7, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Wednesday 5 Apr 2017 19:55

Today started off with a beautiful morning a quick 6 miles---then the heavens opened up with rain, cold wind, and lighting as we crossed Rocky Top Mt---we prayed every time we had to cross an open space ---then the rain turned the paths into mud ---sliding down and trying to get a good foot hold to climb was in every thought ---very tiring day ---got into Derrick Knob at about 4:30---had to tent as shelter was full---cold and rainy evening with snow predicted for tomorrow ---keep praying for us

Posted: April 5, 2017, 11:55 p.m.

Tuesday 4 Apr 2017 16:19

We made it to Mollies Shelter today ---we are at mile 177---hard climb into Smokies---Nancy was tired so we didn't go on with the rest of the Trail Family to the next shelter---hope for a good night sleep ---supposed to snow Thursday---keep praying for us---the Fontana Dam area was beautiful---picture is of our shelter and the characters living here

Posted: April 4, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

Monday 3 Apr 2017 13:13

We only did 1.5 mikes today --- severe weather coming in---hiding out in shelter with about 12 or more other people--tight fitting---tomorrow we climb into the Smokies---keep praying for our safety---you can see how dark it is in the shelter and it is only 2 pm---but it is safe

Posted: April 3, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

Sunday 2 Apr 2017 10:54

We had a short 5.5 mile hike to Fontana Dam today---we got here at noon and are staying at the Fontana Lodge---for lunch we had a lot of chocolate and fruit ---we are doing laundry and resting watching basketball---tough climb into the Smokies tomorrow morning---keep praying for us ---if Nancy can get through the climb tomorrow we should be ok---we are mile 165---wow

Posted: April 2, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Saturday 1 Apr 2017 17:21

We climbed Jacobs ladder today---up 600 ft with 2000ft hypotenuse---very steep---that was yesterday's photo with Nancy going up---today was rough on Nancy---but Trail angel Mapel Leaf had chocolate, pop, cookies---Nancy pigged out ---felt much better ---she was tired so we are staying in the shelter to save work ---that what the picture is ---we are at mile 158.8---keep praying

Posted: April 1, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Friday 31 Mar 2017 17:09

We climbed and climbed and climbed out of Nantahala Outdoor Center---luckily we had a huge hamburger for supper and a good nite sleep in the hotel---we stopped climbing at 1:30 pm and what a view---the people we meet are probably the neatest part of the trip---so many different stories and backgrounds from all over the world---Nancy and I aren't fighting as much anymore as we settle into our roles on the trip and take one day at a time---keep praying for us as each step is dangerous if we are not careful as old people---things just don't work as good as when you were young

Posted: March 31, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

Thursday 30 Mar 2017 16:18

We came down from 5000 ft to 1800 today ---tough on knees--we walked a ridge at 4000 ft with 500 ft plus drops on both sides---it ended with a jump off point and then the path went straight down ---we had to go down backwards to not fall ---scary hike---we are staying on a nice cabin tonight for shower, laundry, and real food---hard day ---tomorrow we go back to 5000ft ---sounds fun after resupplying---keep us in your prayers--- as I think our girls would have been afraid for there mom today ---she is a tough cookie---the picture is out side our tent at sunrise at 5000 ft

Posted: March 30, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

Wednesday 29 Mar 2017 12:45

Today was a nice sunshiny day and a beautiful walk---we had a safe night on the mountain--- no visitors ---but the sunset and stars were awesome ---we climbed Wayah MT ---it was totally burned---you could see for miles---we really have been staying around the 5000 ft level---even our tent tonite is overlooking the valley below---keep praying for us

Posted: March 29, 2017, 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday 28 Mar 2017 7:25

Well we could have stay with a friend in the shelter last nite---but Nancy's fear of mice cause us to camp down lower on a sloping pad of dirt---needless to say a major storm rolled through ---yes we got soaked and had to carry wet gear all day ---major climb---we are camping at Silas Bald at 5000 ft all alone---the shelter was a half mile down a steep slope ---so we found a place protected with trees ---put up an extra tarp ----we pray no storm comes through---aches and pains are real ---keep praying for us

Posted: March 28, 2017, 11:25 a.m.

Monday 27 Mar 2017 14:49

Nice 12 mile hike---we hit the 100 mile mark---after a straight up climb---sort of like climbing the rocks at Devils Lake---then we climbed the fire tower at the top of Albert Mt---must be 20 people in a 14 person shelter---we are in our tent---keep praying for us

Posted: March 27, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

Sunday 26 Mar 2017 19:52

We had rain most of the night---no bad storms---we walked through a large area of where the fires were last fall---very sad---we had some long slow climbs in the rain today---walked with a new retired lady today---she had her own Snap On tool store---loves basketball and came just when Nancy needed a distraction from her tiredness---got to share Tammy's back story with her---made it 12.1 miles then had to walk .3 of a mile farther to get water---lots of aches and pains but we still "love each other" :)---keep praying

Posted: March 26, 2017, 11:52 p.m.

Saturday 25 Mar 2017 20:03

We hitched hiked out of Hiawasee GA the 11miles back to Dicks Creek Gap---a nice elderly Trail Angel picked us up---we left about noon on the trail to go 5 miles to a shelter ---then when we got there someone told Nancy that North Carolina was only 5 miles after that but all up hill---you guess it ---mom was crying when we crossed the state line---big storm coming tonite---so pray for our saftey

Posted: March 26, 2017, 12:03 a.m.

Friday 24 Mar 2017 21:31

We had another 13 mile day with the promise of a hotel and good food---we had to climb Trey Mt plus a bunch of other little ones---we hitch hiked 11 miles into Hiawasee GA ---a nice man picked us up and took us to three different hotels before we could find one with Vacancies---we have a beautiful room over looking the lake---did laundry after wearing the same clothes for seven days---had a BBQ supper---we will stay until 11am --- then hitch hike back up into the mountains ---pray we get a ride ---keep praying for us

Posted: March 25, 2017, 1:31 a.m.

Thursday 23 Mar 2017 18:04

We camped in a gully last nite so had to watch for any rain---left at 7:30 this morning---freezing cold and windy but beautiful sunrise ---first 6 miles awesome views---then we climbed 2.5 MTS the rest of the day---lost our friend from S Africa today due to sore knees--still hiking with Dave ---did over 13 miles today---notice Nancy in picture at 5:30 ---snoring ---thanks for praying for us---Day 6

Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Mar 2017 17:43

Lightning, hail, terrible wind, torrential rain, soaking wet, cold, wet tent sounds like fun on top of a mountain doesn't it!!!We dried out at Hog Gap ---had supper for breakfast in a cave we found going up a steep climb as it was still cold and windy---warmed up this afternoon---camping along a brook tonite at Low Gap---keep us old people in your prayers--Steve and Nancy

Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Monday 20 Mar 2017 17:34

We are having just a little trouble figuring out the spot tracker as GPS isn't always available----climbed Blood MT beautiful site almost a 360 view---camping about a mile passed Neels Gap tonite ---made it through bad bear country---keep praying for us as showers out the door tonite ---Steve

Posted: March 20, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Sunday 19 Mar 2017 18:39

Beautiful day---we walk along many scenic mountain ridges ---one hard climb on Cedar MT---we are camping at Lance Creek with many other tenters---making a lot of new friends ---everyone is on a eight mile pace to not get hurt---there are some 18 milers but they are crazy---no privy today---Neels Gap tomorrow for resupply ---shower---laundry---maybe a bed---Nancy is holding her own---not smiling all the time but at least most of the time--keep praying for us---Steve

Posted: March 19, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Saturday 18 Mar 2017 19:36

We are at Gooch Mt Shelter---very crowded ---last night at Hawk Mt shelter the woman from S Africa that we are walking with had a fight with a huge rat---needless to say she like we are In our tents tonight ---beautiful day ---very tired--- gone 17 miles in two days--starting slow so we don't get hurt--- Nancy even soaked her feet in a stream ---got rejuvenated ---love Steve and Nancy

Posted: March 18, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Friday 17 Mar 2017 12:28

We made it safely to Ellijay GA---Jenny and Katie drove us down here---we are in a motel about 20 miles from Springer MT where we will start hiking---we arevwatching March Madness with Pizza---my new wife from the picture is still nervous but all will be well once we start---keep praying for our safety---Steve

Posted: March 17, 2017, 4:28 p.m.

Hiking With The Ellis's 2017

User: StevenEllis
Dates: 17 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
Duration: 3 weeks
URL: http://TrackMyTour.com/md14D

Appalachian Trail hike 2017 GA to MA

Sorry you have had to cut your hike short, but it sounds like you did have some good experiences as well. On the plus side maybe we will see you end if May. Sounds like you may have to stick to bike trips.

You made it 200 miles further than I could. Be safe in whatever direction you go. Prayers continue!

WOW! It's an adventure just following YOUR adventure, haha! I'm praying for you--along with many others! Be safe, and enjoy God's beautiful creation!

Hiking the Appalachian trail is like calculus: it may be painful at times, but if you relax and take deep breaths you will be okay. :)

Your views look amazing! Praying for you both. Sounds like food and neat people are great blessings!

Fun to hear that you spent a night at Fontana Lodge. We spent a few nights there on our honeymoon almost 38 years ago. Ha. We thought it was dangerous enough driving the roads around there - can't imagine hiking. Be safe - praying for you.

My hat goes off to you both!! Amazing!! I told Dr. Walsh also when I
saw him last week. He smiled a big grin and shook his head, he thought it
was great also.


Thanks for keeping us up to date. Following along and praying for you both.

Nice hair cut Nancy. Praying for safety and God's presence