Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #67 - June 7, 2003
8:10 PM - Rained during the night; but no leaks
or thunder that I heard. The bugs were the main problem. Had them
circling around my headlamp as I wrote in my journal. Finally had
to turn it off & go to sleep. The mosquitoes & noseeums
didn't go to sleep, though. Kept biting all night - was starting
to think I had fleas or something.
Rain never let up in the morning, but we headed
out around 9:30 anyway. Was pretty warm, so we left sans rain gear.
It kept up, so we were pretty soaked fast. Took a break @ the first
shelter in 5 miles or so to get out of the rain & snack. Decided
to put my rainjacket on then, and the rain let up for the most
part for the next 5 miles. Hiked pretty fast to get a spot in the
next shelter. Went under a rock suspended above the trail, called "The
Got to the shelter around 2 and were the first
ones. Rained a bit more in the afternoon, and we were joined by
Play, Stumble, Puffy, Loser & Gazelle. Looks like the sun will
be out tomorrow. We're going to try to do 14 miles, get a ride
into town to resupply quick, and then do 2 more miles to the shelter.
Hopefully, it won't be raining since we'll probably get in late.
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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.