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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #11 - April 1, 2003

April Fool’s Day – Boy do I feel the fool. Started from Gooch Gap Tent Area around 8:30. The day started good. We were worried about Big Cedar Mountain, as we heard it was tough. Made it to the top, still feeling OK. The downhill was what got me. Felt something in my knee go wrong, and it’s been hurting ever since. Left knee, outside. It seemed to spread to the rest then. I hope it gets better, because I’m not sure I could continue on it. We’re @ Woods Hole Shelter tonight. Sleeping inside – Too tired to set up the tent. Here with Semi & Katydid. Blood Mountain tomorrow – Hopefully I survive the downhill on my knee. Then it’s Neel’s Gap. Yippee!!! We can take showers & maybe call home.

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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.




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