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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #81 - June 24, 2003

9:10 PM - Tenting at a river about 3 miles past Rock Hollow Shelter. Gazelle, Hopeful and 2 others are here. We were kind of glad to see someone else show up, cause we're next to a dirt road, though there hasn't been anyone on it. The day was pretty boring for hiking. Really hot again, but nice to have clear skies. Stopped for our first break @ Dick's Dome Shelter mainly to use the privy. We were happy to find a couple of beers in the stream (left over from Mothman, I think), so we were glad we had stopped. Started the "roller coaster" today. It's a section with 10 consecutive good climbs & descents in 13.5 miles. No more than 500 feet, though. Got through 2 today - 8 more for tomorrow!

Yesterday when we got to camp, we took showers with our water bag & hose attachment. Naked in the woods, ha HA! It was good to wash up (even our hair), but feeling very grungy after today. Can't wait to get to Harper's Ferry & a hotel room.

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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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