Hiker supply boxes awaiting pickup at Mount Rogers Outfitters
In 1955, Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, at the age of 67 and wearing Keds sneakers, was the first woman to through-hike the Appalachian Trail. She hiked the AT again in 1960 and then again at age 75 in 1963, making her the first person to hike the trail three times.
The Emma Gatewood display at Mount Rogers Outfitters includes a pair of her Keds sneakers
In 1951, Gene Espy became the second man to through-hike the Appalachian Trail (the first was Earl Shaffer in 1948)
Gene Espy at the Mount Rogers Outfitters store on Friday
Viewing a slide presentation “The Last 180 Miles of AT in Maine” by Roger Peake at the Damacus Youth Center
The Old Mill Restaurant and Conference Center on Laurel Creek had just recently closed
Breakfast Saturday morning
A view of the main Tent City
A small vendor area near Tent City
Jon observes a girls' Little League game north of Tent City
The old Rock School
The main vendor area
Nearby family amusements
Entertainers at "The Gazebo"
A smaller Tent City on the grounds of a hostel called "the Place"
More tents near another hostel next to Laurel Creek
The Saturday parade forms near Sundog Outfitters
Gene Espy leads the parade
Near the start of a 6-mile Saturday hike on the Appalachian and Iron Mountain Trails
A view from a spot called "The Cuckoo" on the AT
Free hiker showers at the First Baptist Church
Useless equipment competition on Saturday night (man displays a duct tape condom)
Heavy rain began Saturday evening and continued into Sunday morning