The hiking today was much harder than anticipated, with lots of steep pitches interspersed with ridge walking. We climbed a fire tower for some magnificent views of the North Carolina mountains, had lunch up on a ridge, then had a dramatic descent to stop at the NOC for soda, ice cream, and a quick hand and face wash in the bathroom. Both Chiclet and I were feeling sort of nauseates, probably because of the 3000 foot elevation drop. We both started feeling a bit better as we climbed back out of the gap into the mountains again, to set up camp by Wright Gap. Got everything all set up and buckled down before the night's rainfall.