Spending the Night on Grandfather Mountain

November 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Last month, I went down to Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and stayed the night up on Attic Window Peak.   Here is a photo of me at sunrise.

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 When I signed in at the Profile Trail parking lot, all of the campsites were empty, but when I got up to the Attic Window campsite, there was a pack on the wooden platform!  Turns out the guy who owned the pack was named Aaron, and he is a pastor in Deep Gap who decided to do the same thing as me!  He came up on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail(or the Cragway Trail, I can't remember) on the other side of the mountain and that is why we both thought the site was empty.  He was hamocking and I took the platform.  We talked gear and God and all that stuff!  

First we made our way over to MacRae Peak, not far from Attic Window.  Below you can see the Parkway wind around Grandfather Mountain.  Aaron kept pointing out which mountains were what and gave me a real good sense of the area.

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Down the mountain I went...  and while to Profile Trail has few mountain views, it is named after being able to see the 'profile' of the grandfather.

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