Below is a film by Chris Gallaway. At roughly 20 minutes, this is much longer than most films I've posted on this blog. However, don't let that deter you from watching it. Punished into Ecstasy just might be the best film about hiking in the Smokies I've seen. If you don't have time to watch it now, bookmark the link and watch it later. Chris did an excellent job of putting this together.
Back in April of 2011, Chris joined his older brother for a five-day trek along the Appalachian Trail through the Smokies. They were joined by Ben's two friends, Jason and Casey. What ensued was an adventure and a trial that included numerous physical meltdowns, one hellacious storm, an unexpected snow, and many good memories. It's also a journey of the relationship between brothers.