Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #53 - May 21, 2003
10:00 PM - OK, so I was a bit bitter yesterday.
Today, we woke to rain, so we were very glad that we had stayed
in the shelter. Were about the first ones to stir, as all the tenters
didn't want to get up & out into the rain. Started hiking around
9. The rain continued all day. Got to Partnership Shelter around
1:30 - 13 miles. There is a visitor's center nearby with a phone,
so we were able to order pizza - pretty much everyone who comes
here does. Also got the delivery person to pick up beer for us.
Rain let up this afternoon - the shelter is packed - must be 30
people here at least. Supposed to rain all week, which I'm not
looking forward to.
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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.