Finished the Smokies 900

Smokies 900 patch

I finished all the trails in the Smokies, the Smokies 900. Although the club is called the 900, there are only about 800 miles of maintained trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But like most finishers, I must have walked over 1,500 miles to finish.

It’s hard to figure out how long it took me. When I moved to Asheville almost eight years ago, I already had done the Appalachian Trail so I started with 71.4 miles of the Smokies. But then I did the SB6K, the South Beyond 6000, the 40 mountains over 6000 ft. But I kept records so little by little I was accumulating miles.

Then I really got the bug because I got tired of talking about it. The last three months, I did over 120 new miles with friends, my husband and much of it alone.

Now what? I did have the post Smokies blues. But Sharon hasn’t finished, my husband got the bug so I’m back in the park helping them. Read a more complete story in the Mountain Xpress.

P.S. I just read of a woman who has done the Smokies Trails five times. Not me. I’m moving on.


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