Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #111 - August 8, 2003
7:30 PM - Had a pretty good stay @ the cabin
last night. The thing that bugs me is how everyone goes to sleep
so early. By the time I went upstairs to my bunk it was pitch black & everyone
was quiet - at 9:00. Of course, I did wake a couple times to hear
Krazy K talking in his sleep. Something like "See you up the
trail" and "This is sweet!" Seriously.
Pancakes in the morning and then we left around
8. Was a pretty good day of hiking - my mood has definitely lifted
quite a bit. The terrain has been pretty crappy lately, though.
Tons of boggy, swampy junk and millions of mosquitoes. We hiked
pretty fast early in the day, thinking it might storm later on,
but it actually turned out to be a pretty nice day. We'll be into
Dalton tomorrow to get a mail drop and resupply.
Seems like quite a few people have gotten off
the trail lately. Also, I don't think there are many this far who
haven't skipped sections, either. Right now we're wondering about
Loser. Haven't seen him forever. We know he took a break, but also
heard he had to get off because he hurt his ankle. Hopefully he
At the Kay Wood Shelter tonight with Green Turtle,
Krazy K, Teflon, Slug, Hot Rod and a section hiker.
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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.