Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #56 - May 24, 2003
9:00 PM - Long day today. Planned on 19 miles
since half of it looked easy on the elevation profile. The uphills
never seemed to end, though. I was having a rough time mentally
- the day just lasted forever. The good thing is that the weather
seems to have cleared up some. Some people heard from weekend hikers
that the weather should be good until Monday. Sounds good to me
- we're planning on Pearisburg by Tuesday (Hopefully). At Jenkins
Shelter tonight with CC, Takin'er Easy, DoubleDare, Mothman, Mountain
Butterfly and some other dude who almost passed out while cooking
his dinner and spilled boiling water everywhere.
We were the second people here (after CC) but
decided to tent since the weather's nice. Everyone out here is
so cool, but it gets to be too much sometimes - always having to
be together and having to chit chat everytime you pass someone
on the trail. So, after 4 (or 5?) shelter nights, tenting is good.
We were lucky to get in the shelters with the rain, though. Last
night it started raining pretty good later in the evening. We were
all almost asleep in the shelter, when a bunch of hikers started
showing up. It was all the people who had stayed in town the night
before and had gotten late starts. It was around 9:30 when they
came in - dark and raining, and had to set up their tents. Of course,
they still had to disturb us by hanging all their crap in the shelter.
Bear Bags, People!
OK, enough complaining. Hopefully tomorrow will
be a better day. :)
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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.