Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #120 - August 19, 2003
9:05 PM - A hard 18 mile day... The weather was
beautiful again though. Made it up Killington fairly easy. The
second highest Mtn in Vermont. Took the side trail up to the peak
where we found a ski lift and overpriced snack bar. Hiked back
down to our packs to eat our own lunch instead. The day ended up
@ The Inn at the Long Trail. It's kind of a traditional hiker stop.
The trail used to go right by it, but they've rerouted it since,
so we had to walk a half mile out of our way. Had dinner & a
couple of beers @ their Irish Pub. We're camped across the road
with other hikers. They have rooms @ the Inn, but they're a bit
pricey for what you get. Since the southern VT border, we've been
following the Long Trail (also the AT). Now it splits off & continues
north to Canada & we go east to NH. Not sure what we'll do
tomorrow. We either have to haul ass to Hanover to get a mail drop
by Saturday or take it easy & get there Monday.
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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.