Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
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
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.