Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #9 - March 30, 2003
Well, were here on the Trail at
last! Stayed in Gainesville, GA last night. When we got in on the
train, there was a cab waiting for a customer. He asked right when
we got off if we were going to Amicalola. We said yes, but not
till tomorrow & asked if he drives to the top of Springer Mtn.
He said he did. So, we were set without having to do much at all.
He brought us to the Holiday Inn, and we told him wed call
in the morning. We were at the hotel around 8 AM, and luckily they
let us check in, so we had an awesome day getting our stuff ready,
watching TV, etc. We did have to change rooms, though. We were
watching a movie when all of a sudden we heard a bunch of water
dripping/gushing. It was coming our of the ceiling in the bathroom.
It was bulging like it was going to collapse.
Anyway, Ronnie picked us up @ 8 the next morning.
It was funny, cause he doesnt drive up to Springer often
so we had to read directions for him. He was a nice guy told
us all kinds of stories on the way. We finally got the the Trail,
off of Cty Rd 42. We talked with a few people that were also starting
their hike, took a couple pics, and then headed up Springer to
the start of the AT. Up at the top, we took some more pix by the
plaques, and talked a little more. There was snow up in this area,
and it was pretty windy. There was no view from Springer Mtn It
was all clouded over. We headed back down the mtn (we had to backtrack
to the parking lot 1 mile away) and were on our way. It was a great
hike and wasnt anything we couldnt handle. Were
now at the Hawk Mtn Shelter, which I think is about 7 miles down
the Trail. It started snowing quite a bit before we headed into
the tent. I hear its supposed to get down to single digits
tonight. BRRR! Its windy out & I can see my breath in
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Preparing to Hike
the Appalachian Trail?
Commonly used guides by A.T. thru-hikers
include the Appalachian
Trail Guides (published by the Appalachian Trail
Conference), the Appalachian
Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion, and the Appalachian
Trail Data Book. The guide series includes a guide
for each section, along with a series of trail maps. The
Thru-Hiker's Companion has helpful info on towns, shelters,
and water. The Data Book has basic distance info for road
crossings, shelters, and other features. All are excellent
tools for use during a long distance hike.