Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #127 - August 29, 2003
9:20 PM - Woke up to a cold morning on the pond.
Once the sun came out it warmed up quite a bit. Hiked over Kinsman
Mtn. The climb up was near vertical, and we had just an OK view
from the top. The weather was decent, but there was quite a bit
of cloud cover.
Made it to the Lonesome Lake Hut a bit later
than planned. Took us about 7 hours to do 10 miles today, which
is pretty slow. We seem to be hiking at a good pace, because we're
doing so much climbing - up, down, over, around - but it really
slows us down more than we realize.
We're into the thick of the big money stays here
in the Whites. Huts are $60 per person per night. Shelters are
$8. That's crazy! Basically, we have to tent the whole way through
at non-pay "Stealth" spots. Or, we can work for stay
like we are tonight. Got here at 3:00 & were able to do a bunch
of dishes left over from breakfast. The crew ("croo")
that works here fixed dinner for the regular guests, and we got
the leftovers. We get to stay in the main hut on the floor - everyone
else stays in the bunkhouses. It's great that we get to stay here,
because it rained all evening. We're heading into town for resupply
tomorrow, then who knows what.
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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.