Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #71 - June 12, 2003
10:05 PM - A pretty good hike today, even with
a 3,000 foot descent followed by a 3,000 foot ascent!
Around 2:00, we were still a couple miles from
the top of our climb when I heard the weather report. Severe thunderstorms
were headed our way from North Carolina - under a warning until
7:00. The skies didn't seem too threatening, but I did want to
get over the mtn as fast as possible. Made it to the shelter and
still the skies were pretty good. From there it was only about
a mile & a half to the Parkway, and from there we'd go on to
Rusty's. When we got to the BRP, we were lucky to find a guy there
handing out cold water to hikers. Andy asked if it was easy to
catch a ride from there & the guy said he was going to be headed
out anyway & that he'd drop us off. Lucky! Especially since
it started raining as soon as we got in his truck.
Got here to Rusty's around 5. He's an old mountain
man with a place here for hikers - his home, actually. No electricity,
plumbing or phone. There are gas lanterns, a rainwater shower,
a sauna, a wood-heated hot tub and a bricked-in spring where he
keeps things cold. It's a cool old place - keeps it running on
donations. There's pop, Little Debbies and to our surprise, we
had dinner! Chili dogs - I had 4 & Andy had 5.
Going into Waynesboro tomorrow - 19 miles to
Rockfish Gap & hopefully we'll get a ride for the last 4 & a
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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.