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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #12 - April 2, 2003 - 6:50 PM

Left Wood's Hole Shelter at about 8:30 AM. We had a good night, slept in the shelter with Katydid. I almost prefer it, but I suppose it's a different story when it's crowded. Also, there didn't seem to be much of a mouse problem, but we did wake up in the middle of the night to a scratching sound. It kept up, on & on - sounded like it was coming from above, or from my pack! Andy got up (2:45 AM) and was flashing his light all over, but didn't see anything. Anyway, we headed out, up Blood Mountain.

It wasn't too bad! Especially for being the highest peak along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Coming down was a different story. My knee ached as soon as wew passed the big stone shelter and started heading down. It was very rocky and rugged. Hoping it (my knee) starts feeling better soon. Andy seems to be doing pretty good - his ankle hasn't bothered him at all.

We got to Neel's Gap/the Walasi-Yi Center probably around 12:30 - 1:00. It was great - we took showers & did laundry & lounged around. We ate some good stuff, too. Didn't leave until about 5:00, and now we're at Bull's Gap, I think. Thereare about 6 other people here, including Katydid, Hepcat, Jonathan and another girl from MI who has worked & lived in Ely. Small World! Not sure where we're headed tomorrow...

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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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