Sunday, October 28, 2012

BMT Sections 9 & 10: Rain and more rain

My friend, Salt, and I went for an overnight backpacking trip of Sections 9 and 10 of the Benton Mackaye Trail in Georgia.   The forecast: 10% chance of rain. 
Trailhead at Dyer Gap
 There was light drizzle at the trailhead.  Wet fog passing through Watson Gap.  Mist at Mill Branch.
Grass of parnassus at Mill Branch, gone to seed.
More rain at Double Springs Gap at the Tennessee state lane where we turned around after getting water.

Thick, soupy fog and even more rain when we finally tucked our hammocks on a mid-elevation slope that seemed to be in the "wind shadow" of Big Frog.  The wind howled through the tops of the trees but only occasionally made it down to rustle the tarps. 

Can you guess what the next day brought?  Yep, more rain,  and tree foam!   Which is why the moral of this story is pack your rain gear no matter what the forecast.  I was glad I did.


  1. Yes, rain gear is a must! Sometimes my husband will skimp on his rain pants but I know better and then it will rain and he's sopping wet! It isn't worth the headache not to have it.

  2. Yeah, it's definitely worth it not to be totally cold. :)