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  • Writer's pictureRobert Moore

Day 5 Over Blood Mountain and into Neels Gap

Long day up Blood Moutain, the first iconic climb after Springer. Broke camp at 5:15 and hiked in the dark with a buddy for a couple of hours before the sun came up. It's a lot more intense while hiking with just a narrow beam to focus on. Very peaceful.

We hit 9 miles before Blood, then up a lot of stone to the amazing view from 4442 feet. Couldn't stay long to enjoy the view because a heavy storm was moving in and the descent is notoriously tricky - solid, smooth stone for hundreds of yards at a time. And you don't want to try it on slipperywet rock. I just made it below the stoney area before the bottom fell out and it rained for the next two miles until I got the end of this section at Neels Gap.

Neels Gap has the unfortunate distinction of being the road crossing where most of the attempted through hikers drop out. It's 30 miles into the trail and folks figure out if the trail is for them or not. There is a famous tree outside the outfitters there where those that have had it throw their bear up hikers into the branches.

I can see why it's not for some people - I was wet, cold, exhausted, starving and in a lot of pain.

But Sean, the Warrior Expedition founder, was waiting to take us to an awesome mountain cabin in Blaresville, Georgia. We got a shower, did our laundry and enjoyed a soft chair to sit in. The best was yet to come - The First Baptist Church of Blairsville (at least 20 of the church members) brought pork BBQ and all the fixings. We had a memorable evening of home cooked food and country fellowship. Then sleep of the dead for 10 hours.


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Donnie Mote
Donnie Mote
26 mar

Good morning Rob,


As you begin the journey today pray for the obsession to be removed.

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kennethwhite
25 mar

What a leg of the trip! Hang in there Rob. We're root'in for you!!

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cngmoore
24 mar

So glad you were able to get a shower and a good break. Thinking of you on your journey. Safe travels. 🌸

Glenn & Cindy

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Cristina Moore
Cristina Moore
24 mar

Thankful for the support along the way! We will be thinking about you as you get back on the trail- praying for good weather.

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Donnie Mote
Donnie Mote
24 mar

Rob,


Say this prayer as you begin each day for the next two weeks.


“God, I offer myself to Thee–to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always, Amen.”

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