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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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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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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