Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #66 - June 6, 2003
Had a nice night last night, camped by ourselves
near the river. Had a fire and a few beers that we had packed out
Another hot day. Started around 9:00. The terrain
wasn't too bad, so the 23 miles was looking doable. Crossed over
the Blue Ridge Parkway numerous times. There were a lot of overlooks
with perfect views on this clear day, but, for whatever reason,
we didn't take any pictures. Had some Trail Magic during our lunch
break @ Bobblet's Gap Shelter, Bear Bait, a '98 thru-hiker who
lives nearby brought down some fruit, oreos & Gatorade - YUM!
Continued on & amazingly, made it to the
Bryant-Davis Shelter by 7:30. We were surprised to find Glacier
here! She had taken a few days off, so we were glad to catch her.
The shelter's awesome - 3 floors w/a huge area for cooking, etc.
There's supposed to be a storm rolling in tonight, so we're glad
to be here! The roof's supposed to leak, though, so we'll see how
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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.