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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #22 - April 13, 2003

7:40 PM – Staying in the Wesser Bald Shelter tonight with Nathan and Wee Willy the Prince of Whales. Willy and Pirate (who set up his tent) are characters to say the least. A couple of middle-aged mountain men who are blue blazing around – definitely not interested in thru-hiking. Just going wherever whatever trail takes them. We left our site (just past Wayah Bald) this morning around 8:30. Took a few good breaks along the way. We only have 5-6 miles until we get to the NOC tomorrow. We probably won’t stay, just resupply or whatever. Jersey showed up here this afternoon, too. The weather’s still great and I think it’s supposed to hold out for 2 or 3 more days. Hopefully until we get to Fontana Dam. Oh – and Andy had a big accomplishment today. He sang “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” all the way through for the first time ever.

Congratulations, Sven Saw.

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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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