20M Appalachian Trail Run - Georgia/North Carolina
Dick's Creek Gap to Courthouse Bald (out and back)
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
6964' of Elevation Gain

Another beautiful run through the green tunnel. Temps were 64 to start and 81 to finish in 6.5 hours, making the return run quite labored. The mountains are dry; I was only able to refill once from a small stream one mile north of the finish at Dick's Creek Gap. After crossing the GA/NC border at mile 8.65, I paused to check out a gnarly old oak tree at Bly Gap before an awesome 1000' climb in the next mile in two stages, up over Sharp Top before finishing the climb to the summit of Courthouse Bald. Vistas west showed considerable smoke in the air. Passed five backpackers. No animals, No falls. Consistent 3+ mph, easy on the descents; walked a bit on the return after running out of water.