Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #94 - July 15, 2003
8:50 PM - Overall, I liked staying at the Borough
Hall, but am glad I fell asleep early while the light were still
on. We were staying down in the basement where there were a bunch
of bunks. I woke up around 2 in the dark and had a hard time getting
back to sleep. It was downright creepy. Around that time I heard
people shuffling around, and someone gasp out loud as if of fright!
I was praying there wouldn't be a reoccurrence of that night in
the Smokies, with the screaming nightmare kid!!
In the morning, it was funny though, because
Odwalla said he woke in the middle of the night to see a face right
in front of him! He half screamed & realized it was just the
person from the bunk below, standing up to go to the restroom or
whatever. Speaking of which, I was hoping to God I didn't have
to pee in the middle of the night, and have to go upstairs into
the dark, creaky, creepy hall. I'd have rather gone out the back
door in the alley! Ha!
Well, we survived the night in the "Jailhouse." Left
around 9 & started walking towards the highway where we were
hoping to get a ride back to the trail. Not even a block from the
Hall, an old guy pulled over and offered a ride. We picked up Odwalla,
too. The guy said he used to be the Mayor of the town and he was
the one who started this whole free hiker hostel thing. Who knows
- he seemed pretty out there! :)
Back at the trail, we immediately had to climb
a 1,000-foot rocky cliff in the span of a half mile. There were
some very steep spots where I was almost scared to turn around & look
behind me. Had to climb hand over hand in a couple spots - not
easy with a 35 pound pack! At this point, we were also in a mob
- about 10 of us going up all at once, in a single file. Missed
a good photo of the awesome view because of the guy practically
stepping on my heels. Oh well, plenty of views this trip.
After that it was about 5 miles of ridgetop wasteland
(from the zinc smelting or whatever). No water all day either,
but our 2 liters apiece were enough. The rocks continued - glad
they'll be gone soon (out of PA).
Tenting up from the Leroy Smith Shelter. Weather
has been great. Only a bit of rain, since the Shenandoah's Yippee!
Maybe a thunderstorm tonight or tomorrow, though.
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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.