90 Second Escape: GetBackpacking! on the AT

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: GetBackpacking! on the AT

Content from GetBackpacking! on the AT: Carvers Gap to 19E

As a rule, you hope for blue bird days on a hike. But you especially hope for them on a hike known for its views.

This past Labor Day weekend, our GetBackpacking! crew headed to a stretch of the Appalachian Trail known for its abundance of views, the 13.7 miles from Carvers Gap north to US 19E. The forecast called for a good chance of thunderstorms, and while there was rain on neighboring peaks, it left our group alone. And when the wind picked up Saturday afternoon, it cleared the skies of any chance of rain.

Here’s a peek at what you hope happens when the weather cooperates on the trail. (FYI, we’ll be repeating this trip as a day hike with our GetHiking! North Carolina’s Classic Hikes group on Sept. 20. More info here.)

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