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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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 Guillotine."

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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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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