Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #123 - August 25, 2003
7:30 PM - Slept in a bit late - 8:00. I woke
up and Andy had his shoes on & all his stuff packed up, except
the tent, of course. Got going eventually. The hike wasn't too
bad - about 15 miles to where we are now - Trapper John Shelter.
I was just so bored, bored, bored. The Whites are going to be harder
than hell, but at least (maybe) the scenery will take our minds
off it some. People are sure thinning out. Orbit was the only other
person @ the shelter last night and the only one tonight, too.
He had been hiking with his girlfriend, but she quit in Harper's
Ferry - the same as Sassy, I guess.
The new talk on the trail - the new word we keep
hearing - Summit/Summitting. As in "When are you going to
It's pretty weird.
Well, we thought we had enough food for the next
3 days but Andy was alarmed by the low # of snacks we have, so
we decided to make a quick trip in @ the road tomorrow morning.
We need to eat as much as possible to keep some energy. We're just
planning a short day tomorrow, anyway.
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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.