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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #40 - May 3, 2003

8:40 PM – Had a pretty good hike today – about 12 miles I think. The surroundings were pretty varied today. Started out in the usual hardwoods, moved onto a burned area, then to Beauty Spot, a large bald that was supposed to have a great view. Unfortunately, the day started foggy & damp, so we couldn’t see anything. Soon after that we headed up Unaka Mtn where there was a big Red Spruce stand. Supposedly it’s similar to Maine. It reminded me of Isle Royale a bit, or northern MN. Ended up at Cherry Gap Shelter. There are tons of people that showed up here this afternoon, coming out of Erwin. So, we are in ANOTHER mob of people again.

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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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