Hikers at Smoky Mountains National Park

Standing Bear

Tennessee North Carolina state line, sun in Smokies, the wreckage of an aircraft, and the Standing Bear hostel at the end of Smokies with a lot of “old” and “new” hikers there.

After passing Smokies you feel like you’d done one chapter of the Appalachian Trail. The first chapter! I did not think I would go that far. I could considered myself as a thru hiker. Nobo, heading mt Katahdin. Finally I learned how to pronounce Katahdin. I didn’t need to learn it earlier. I did not want.

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Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.