Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
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
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Preparing to Hike the
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.