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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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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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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