Looking for hiking partner

10:20 p.m. on May 3, 2012 (EDT)
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Hi everybody,

I'm going to be in the Erwin, Tennessee area from May 5th through the 10th and was looking to see if anyone wanted to go on a hike or point out a good trail to me.  I'm new to the game so I found a decent one for a beginner (AT Indian Grave Gap/Unaka Mountain), but I'm wary about going out by myself for that.  I know it doesn't seem too tough, but you never know what could happen.  I was just wondering if anybody wanted to pair up and do a good day hike.  Any level of difficulty is fine with me.  I'm a college student and I'm in fairly good shape.  So, if you want to meet up or know someone that could show me some trails message me at shamm@live.unc.edu.

Thanks!

Stuart Hamm

11:30 p.m. on May 3, 2012 (EDT)
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Welcome to Trailspace, Stuart! 

Though I hike often in East TN, as I live in Chattanooga, I won't be free that weekend. 

Best of luck finding someone to hike with you!  

10:52 a.m. on May 4, 2012 (EDT)
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Welcome, Shamm!

I've got the trip for you! Roan Mountain, TN (not far from Erwin) from Carver's Gap to US19E on the Appalachian Trail. Park your car at Mountain Harbor Inn Hostel (US 19E) and have them shuttle you to Carver's Gap. Walk back to your car on the AT. AMAZING hike. Check out my album (Roan Highlands) if you get a chance. I am going to try to do a trip report today on it.

I did see that there is a chance of thunderstorms up there this weekend though, so be careful. From personal experience, you do NOT want to be on a 6000 ft bald in a thunderstorm!

 

 

11:01 a.m. on May 4, 2012 (EDT)
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Ashleigh said:

 From personal experience, you do NOT want to be on a 6000 ft bald in a thunderstorm!

 

But it's so much Fun! 

;)

(the above is a joke, just so we're clear :) 

11:03 a.m. on May 4, 2012 (EDT)
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welcome and good luck, be safe, have fun

2:10 p.m. on May 4, 2012 (EDT)
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ha! Zero fun, Gonzan! :)

2:42 p.m. on May 4, 2012 (EDT)
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Yeah. When the hair of your head starts to frizz out and your hiking poles start dancing from the electricity building up, get the heck out of there!

11:21 p.m. on May 4, 2012 (EDT)
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So, I found two trails that I will most likely take, if weather permits.  I'm going to be close to spivey gap, so I will either start of end there.  Should I take the trail north from Spivey Gap to the Nolichucky River, or south over Bald Mountain to HWY 23.  The first is shorter but supposedly more strenuous and the second seems easier but is longer.  Any suggestions?

11:00 p.m. on May 17, 2012 (EDT)
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Darn! I just today joined Trailspace was looking around the site when I  found your post. I live in Unicoi County, TN - Erwin is the county seat. I would LOVED to have joined you for some hiking. I'm so close to the AT that I feel like it's part of my yard, and I spend A LOT of time there! If you (or anyone else) comes through this area again, let's join up for some trail time. I always hike with my dog, and he's dog/human friendly.

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