Watching the Solar Eclipse from the Appalachian Trail

25 Aug

Photo Gallery: Watching the Solar Eclipse from the Appalachian Trail

THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Bjorn Parramoure, 31, from Gainesville, Florida waits for the solar eclipse beneath Albert Mountain Fire Tower along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. He’s camped at Albert Fire Mountain, on the centerline of eclipse totality to wait for the event. With a homemade recorder he welcomes the eclipse. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: At camp hikers discuss potential eclipse viewing points along the Appalachian Trail. Simon Farr (middle, wearing a red bandana), from Asheville, North Carolina, shows old maps of the area to section hikers at Carter Gap, five miles south of the centerline of eclipse totality. As local families and tourists pour into the area, die-hard hikers plan for quieter, and harder to reach areas to witness the eclipse. Farr works on trail maintenance in the Southern Appalachians, and is hiking towards his own secret hiking area. “I’ve got a good place planned,” he said ”it’s nice and peaceful, and tucked away under a small cliff edge - no one’ll find it.” CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Simon Farr (right), from Asheville, North Carolina, ponders maps of the area with a section hiker at Carter Gap, five miles south of the center line of eclipse totality. As local families and tourists pour into the area, die-hard hikers plan for quieter, and harder to reach areas to witness the eclipse. Farr works on trail maintenance in the Southern Appalachians, and is hiking towards his own secret hiking area. “I have these old ordinance maps,” he said “there’s places on these that don’t show on other maps.” CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: A sign marks the exact spot where the center line of the eclipse will intersect the Appalachian Trail, just below Albert Mountain in North Carolina. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Yalda Jam, 32, at Carter Gap. Jam; who has traveled from Houston, Texas, hikes towards Albert Mountain to watch the solar eclipse pass over the Appalachian Trail. She has arranged her three-day section hike around the eclipse, her first time on the AT. “I’ve always wanted to see an eclipse,” she said, “and to watch one while hiking part of the AT is awesome.” CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Hikers and tourists congregate at Albert Mountain Fire Tower on the Appalachian Trail, on the center line of the path of eclipse totality. Hundreds of walkers and day-trippers walked into the woods at Albert Mountain to witness a total eclipse. Forest Rangers closed entrance roads and monitored numbers trying to access the Fire Tower denying access to the area as the number of spectators grew through the day. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Green forest rolls away from Albert Mountain Fire Tower on the Appalachian Trail, on the center line of the path of eclipse totality. August’s full solar eclipse is the first visible from the United States since 1979. Traveling over 14 states on its way east, from Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse passes over the southern end of the Appalachian Trail - a 2,200-mile wilderness hike that winds from Georgia to Maine. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Joseph Ellzey, 24, from Mississippi watches the eclipse from the top of Albert Mountain Fire Tower on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. He traveled to Albert Mountain early in the morning to secure a spot at the top of the crowded tower, and sat wrapped in a foil blanket ready to witness the eclipse from the highest point in any visible direction. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: During the 2 minutes, 45 seconds of total eclipse, a faint halo could be seen pushing through thin clouds. August’s full solar eclipse is the first visible from the United States since 1979. Traveling over 14 states on its way east, from Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse passes over the southern end of the Appalachian Trail - a 2,200-mile wilderness hike that winds from Georgia to Maine. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Yalda Jam, 32, who has traveled from Houston, Texas, waits at Albert Mountain to watch the solar eclipse pass over the Appalachian Trail. Albert Mountain in North Carolina, marks the spot where the exact middle of the eclipse crosses the trail, and the turnaround point on Jam’s three-day out and back hike. “It’s been a special experience” she said “but knowing what I know now, I’d think carefully before attempting a longer hike.” CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Tim Olsen (far right) from Asheville North Carolina stands to watch a growing eclipse at Albert Mountain, on the center line of the path of eclipse totality. He’s new to the area, having moved from Philadelphia to work as a river guide, and makes friends with other spectators - families with pets, young couples, and hikers passing through. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Chris Northrop, 24, from Atlanta, Georgia and Rachel Lewis, 23, from Gainesville, Florida wait for the solar eclipse on a small rock ledge overhanging North Carolina forest. They’ve bought face paint, and home made instruments to celebrate the rare astrological event. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Tim Olsen originally from Philadelphia uses a welding mask to protect his eyes while watching the eclipse at Albert Mountain Fire Tower on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. Olsen, a river guide, recently moved to Asheville North Carolina, and has taken a short break in his working week to see the eclipse. “I identify as a Viking,” said Olsen “so was thinking of making a blood sacrifice under the eclipse, I just have to figure out what to sacrifice.” CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Lana Kelley, Yalda Jam, and Luisa Guerra (left to right) watch the solar eclipse from a quiet field beneath Albert Mountain, the center line in the path of eclipse totality. It’s the trio’s first time on the AT, where they’ve planned a three-day section hike to and from Albert Mountain with the aim of witnessing the eclipse. “Hiking the AT was way harder than I imagined,” says Guerra “I loved it though, I’ll be planning a longer hike soon.” CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Lana Kelley from Houston, Texas, joins hundreds of other hikers making a pilgrimage into the wilderness to witness the solar eclipse passing over the Appalachian Trail. It’s Kelley’s first time on the AT, she’s come on a three-day section hike with friends, aiming at the eclipse mid point. “To watch an eclipse has always been very high on my bucket list,” said Kelley. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, NEAR FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA – 08/21/2017: Heading North on the Appalachian Trail from Carter Gap to Albert Mountain, dense forest gives way in places, offering dramatic views east over North Carolina. August’s full solar eclipse is the first visible from the United States since 1979. Traveling over 14 states on its way east, from Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse passes over the southern end of the Appalachian Trail - a 2,200-mile wilderness hike that winds from Georgia to Maine. CREDIT: Spike Johnson for Outside Magazine.