Gary just called and is fine. He was excited that he saw his first black bear. He said it was probably just around 3-4 feet tall and when it saw him, ran. That is a relief! He said that where he stayed last night there was some heat sickness....guess the "section hikers" didn't plan on enough water or something. I have talked to him a few times this week but the reception was weak. He is in the Shenandoah National Park and on the Skyline Trail nearing 900 miles. He will be half way soon.