Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #125 - August 27, 2003
8:50 PM - A pretty easy hike today, with some
more decent weather. Had Trail Magic @ one of the roads. It was
Butch & his wife. He's 80+ years old and we had seen him hiking
early on, down south. Not sure if he had been planning to do the
whole trail or not - who knows.
Made it to the Hiker's Welcome Inn Hostel in
Glencliff around 4:30, in time to pick our mail drops @ the PO.
Had a bit of rain as we came in but nothing major.
We start our big climbs in the Whites tomorrow.
Mt Moosilauke first. As we ended our hike today I saw a huge mountain
looming in the distance, and I almost felt gleeful. A sudden inspiration
and excitement. We're in the Whites, in Hew Hampshire! We've made
it so far! I suddenly felt like I could climb that first 3,000
ft in an instant. As we sit here at the hostel, though, I can feel
anxiety starting to weigh on my mind. The weather said thunderstorms
in a couple of days. I'm really worried about the weather. I pray
it all goes OK.
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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.