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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #18 - April 9, 2003

8:15 PM - Woke to rain, so slept in a bit. Sky finally let up and we got going around 10:00. Another misty, foggy day. I think we went over some pretty good viewpoints, but couldn't see a thing. Decided to make it a long day & do 14 miles so that we can get to Wallace Gap tomorrow & maybe Rainbow Springs Campground. Hoping we can maybe get a cabin there? It's getting hard to deal with this rain, especially when the shelters are full & we have to set up a wet tent. The afternoon was tough, but pretty interesting, climbing along Big Butt (a Mountain!) was pretty wicked, as it was practically a cliff and we were edging our way along rocks - there was even a ladder in one spot. BUT, the real tough part came when we got to Albert Mountain. It was hand over hand for a while, hauling ourselves over the rocks. Tonight, we're @ Big Springs Shelter, in our tent, in the rain. Had been waiting to get to a privy, which they have here. Went up to use it & there was a mouse inside. Guess it'll have to wait!

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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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