Neel Gap

After an 8 mile hike up and down Blood Mountain, I took the afternoon off to rest up at Neel Gap (the only place on the trail where it goes through a building). At Mountain Crossings I partook in the famous "shakedown" where you empty out your pack and past hikers point out all the unnecessary things you have in it. After a lengthy review, I was given an A+ rating with only a few minor comfort items I could send home to lessen the weight of my pack. A big shout out to all those who helped me with my gear choices, it felt great to get such a positive review from a past thru-hiker! I'm hoping for a few big mileage days this week.