Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #13 - April 3, 2003
10:15 AM - We're breaking for a bit to get water
near Wolf Laurel Top. We're about to turn a map over - Yippee!!!
I forgot to mention something about yesterday. On the Appalachian
Trail they have what is called "Trail Magic." We had our
first treat yesterday. When we started on Sunday at the parking area
down a mile from Springer, we met a family from Atlanta or thereabouts.
Their son (and grandson) Tim was starting out. It turns out the family
was at Neels Gap yesterday and we had some good BBQ, brownies, chips
and pop. It was excellent. I'm still waiting for some magic in the
form of beer, though - ha HA! I was told to look in streams, near
road crossings... :)
8:45 PM - Wow. I think this is the latest we've
stayed up. Quite a few people here at Low Gap Shelter tonight - we
had a campfire - the first we've had along the way. Day went OK at
first, but was having a hard time @ the end. Took quite awhile to
get down Sheep Rock Top to the shelter. Supposed to rain tomorrow,
Sat, Sun, so hoping to get in the shelter tomorrow night @ Blue Mtn.
I'm feeling better, cause I'm not sure how I could continue. Maybe
- whoops, I forgot what I was going to say. Andy interrupted me saying
he forgot the bear spray in his pack, so he's getting it. The guidebook
says a hiker woke in the shelter in 2000 w/a bear straddling him!
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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.