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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #28 - April 19, 2003

8:50 – Quite a long day today.  Mileage was only supposed to be 10.5 or so, but seemed like forever.  We did cross some neat spots today.  Spence Field had some nice bald areas w/out any cover.  There were more balds up towards Rocky Top, along with some fabulous views.  The weather was great – clear skies.  It does make for hot hiking, though. We must have been 7 or 8 miles in when I thought I was done for – felt like I would never make it the whole way.  Not enough energy, which was odd since we actually made a hot lunch today for the first time.  Tomorrow we have quite a haul – 13 miles, and the first 10 are to reach the top of Clingman’s Dome – the highest point on the AT @ 6,643 feet.  I hope we can make it the whole way!

Got into Derrick Knob today around 5:30.  Too many people, so we’re tenting.  Mello Yello, Jane, Footslogger, Jersey, Easy E and Rumbler are here, along w/a few other thru-hikers & a family.

There are deer wandering around outside the tent now, and the owls are hooting it up.  Just so no bears come to visit!

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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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