Hiking down Albert Mountain on the Appalachian Trail
As a lifelong hiker, I wanted to share my love of it with kids from my home city of Charleston, SC. I started a hiking club called Youth Gone Wild for ages 9-12. We go on 3 day hikes and an overnighter with the culminating activity a 67 mile, 9 day hike on a section of the Appalachian Trail. On this particular day we were headed south off of Albert Mountain in NC. The quarter of a mile down is some of the hardest on the AT. We went slowly, bouldering down bit by bit. We reached a point where the best way to get down was to hug a tree and slide down like a fireman's pole. So one at a time we became tree-huggers to get down the mountain. At the moment I took this picture, 11 year old Deven was positioning himself on the tree. However the image that conveys the sheer joy we all had was the look on chaperone Alys' face. Her wide smile was the look we all had climbing down that mountain. 6 days into our trip we were grinning, tree-hugging and cheering each other on. What a great trip.