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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #128 - August 30, 2003

7:40 PM - What a night sleeping on the floor @ the Hut. Woke around 10:30 to a crazy ruckus of mice & squirrels & God-knows-what else. All night then we heard them chewing & running & clambering all over the kitchen. It was rowdier than even any shelter I remember.

Left around 8 & headed down to the highway where we got a ride into Lincoln. We had breakfast @ McDonald's, bought some new wool mittens, went to the library & got groceries. We may have gone overboard on the food, as I must have 10 lbs of chocolate alone.

After town we did a near 3,000' climb & we're now camped up on the Franconia Ridge Trail. It is SO cold. Last time I looked @ the thermometer it said 40, and that's not counting the wind. It's going to be damn cold tonight. Hopefully it won't be this bad for the rest of our trip.

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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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