Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #55 - May 23, 2003
7:40 PM - Not much today. Woke up late again,
left around 9:30 and got to Knot Maul Shelter around 3:00. Only
11 miles - we're planning on 19 tomorrow.
The rain held out during the day and actually
saw a bit of blue sky. Started raining around 5, but luckily we
had our spots in the shelter. In fact, we were the first ones here.
Sharing with DoubleDare, Thistle, Takin'er Easy and Mothman. There
are quite a few others tenting. Will try to get out early tomorrow.
Terrain has been nice - some hills today, but nothing too major.
Walked through a lot of fields, crossed a lot of stiles and there
were many rhododendron patches, too - they're in full bloom in
these lower areas.
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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.