We spend about 20 minutes resting at Sam's Gap before heading towards our highest elevation of the day, Big Bald. It is about 6.5 miles from Sam's Gap and increases in elevation to over 5,500 ft. For me it was one of my tougher climbs. It probably seemed to Colin that I was taking baby steps as he used his younger legs and big strides to out pace me much of the day. As usual there was plenty to see along the way. At one point we both looked up into the distance and noticed a bald patch on top of a far away mountain top. We both looked at each other and knew that was likely Big Bald. At that point it seemed 100 miles away, but step by step we kept trudging forward. Unless the mountain moves we knew we would eventually get there.