(c) 2011 NPT PHOTO BY DUAY O'NEIL
Local hiker Barbara Davis looks over a copy of Tales from the Trails, her new
312-page book about her hiking adventures in Great Smoky Mountains
|Published: 8:45 AM, 09/13/2011
||Last updated: 8:45 AM, 09/13/2011
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-"I was sore!" recalled Barbara Davis
last week of her first hike to Mt. Cammerer in 1995.
Little did she realize at the time that the day's trek
was the first of many which would lead her into membership of the prestigious
900 Club, composed of hikers who have finished all the Park's trails.
Davis's sister Wilma Morgan and her daughter-in-law Darla
"had already been there and asked me to go. I told them 'I can't do
But Davis accomplished that first walk and then another
and then another. "I didn't mean to do all the trails at first," she
said, "but after awhile I got a map and marked off the ones I'd done and
then started working on the others."
She's also hiked 362 of the Appalachian Trail, from
Fontana, NC to Marion, VA.
Just like the postmen, Davis has hiked in rain, snow,
sleet, and hail.
"We never cancelled because of the weather,"
she explained. "If the weather was really bad, we'd just hike on a lower
level or a different trail."
The coldest weather she experienced came during a hike
from Newfound Gap to Charlie's Bunion. "I don't know the exact
temperature," said Davis, "but our faces nearly froze. We turned back
and did a trail on a lower level."
Part of the hikes included overnight stays in shelters or
"We waded in waist-deep water near Fontana once.
There were no logs for us to cross. That water was cold, cold, cold!"
She and her fellow hikers also encountered all sorts of
wildlife, including snakes, bears, a panther, and a wolf.
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