Oh the great smoky mountains. They are tough! I had the hardest time on my first day in the Smokys. I would have quit, but the road back was even further than the shelter, so I hiked on. And the next day got up and did it all again!!! Try climbing 3000 feet in 9 miles. It was difficult. I cried. I almost quit. Then I didn’t. Proud for sticking it out!