Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #61 - May 30, 2003
Terrible sleep last night. woke around 2 or 3
AM with a full bladder. Unfortunately, the shelter was also quite
full, so I didn't really want to try to pick my way out into the
dark and misty night.
Probably an hour passed and I couldn't stand
it anymore, so got up & went outside.
Back in, the other thing keeping me awake was
a mouse that kept visiting my pack, which was hanging behind my
head. Andy was up, too, and he kept shining his light. We saw it
run, but it came back again later! Not sure what it was doing,
since there was no food in my pack and nothing was chewed up.
Was finally snug in my bag again around 4 AM
when the snoring started up. Maybe I should pick up some earplugs
next time in town.
The hiking today was pretty uneventful. Weren't
looking forward to starting out, even - the weather was so cold & foggy.
Had long ridgewalks mostly, without views. Sky cleared up a bit
for the afternoon, though. Finally, a day without rain! I hear
it coming in for the weekend, though.
Sleeping in Bailey Gap Shelter tonight with DoubleDare,
Turtle and Loser. Some church group came in this evening while
I was in the privy. They walked by to go tent up on the hill and
pulled the door open on me! Not very churchlike. >:|
Probably another pretty short day tomorrow -
heavy packs and aching bones.
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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.