From the Diary of Hugh Moore and A. Lineberry, Who Walked to Pilot Mountain Last Saturday
We left Guilford College at 3:35 p.m. Friday. Walked steadily until we reached Dunlap Springs about 6:30. After resting a few minutes we then walked until about 9 o’clock. Liking eggs we decided to purchase some, but it seemed that everybody had been setting hens that day, but we finally secured a half dozen about dark. Our intention was to camp at the next branch, but we never did come to one, so we stopped in a big pine thicket about a mile from Walkertown. Ate supper and went to bed. No water. Did not sleep well. Left at 7 o’clock the next morning. Ate dinner at King at 1:15. Reached Pinnacle at 2:35, which is about two miles from Pilot Mountain. After resting awhile we reached the top of the mountain at 5:50 p.m., which is about 47 miles from Guilford College. On the average we make four miles an hour. We walked around a few minutes, then lay down on a rock and were soon fast asleep. We woke up and ate breakfast about 7 o’clock. No water. We then built a big fire and placed some pine bought between the fire and a rock to sleep on, after which the wind sang us to sleep. However, the ants desired that we stay up longer. As Pilot Mountain is 3,300 feet above sea level, our bed linen was inadequate for the occasion, and we were forced to keep a large fire all night long and live in close communion. Arose about 6 o’clock and saw the sun rise, which was very beautiful. We then descended to a spring about a third of the way down the mountain, as we were very thirsty. We washed our hands and faces for the first time since we left college. After eating a hearty breakfast we went to sleep again, being interrupted several times by courting couples. We left the mountain about 2:30 and took a train for Guilford Battle Ground, reaching college about 7 p.m.