Photo of the day: A steep approach to Albert Mountain

On a solo Appalachian Trail backpacking trip, I came upon these stairs leading up…way up. I was approaching Albert Mountain in North Carolina, and the last third of a mile to the summit climbed nearly 500 feet. Part of the climb had stairs, while other parts were a rocky grab-the-tree-branches scramble. Sadly, this photo doesn’t give a good perspective on how steep it was and the shots I took of the rock give even less.

So why did I mention it was a solo hike? On this section, I learned that cussing alone in the woods doesn’t feel as good as when someone is there to lend sympathy…

Stairs to Albert Mountain

Going up?

 

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