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Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #138 - September 11, 2003
7:20 PM - Well, it took us about 2 1⁄2
hours, but we got through the notch. It wasn't really difficult,
just time consuming. The boulders were huge - some the size of
houses, just like they say. We went over, around & under. There
were a couple spots where you had to crawl through little caves.
Andy went over a tiny one that I went through. Had to take off
my pack & shove it along. He was cracking up, laughing at me.
After that it was up the Mahoosuc Arm. Straight up, a thousand
feet or so. All that took up most of our day. We still wanted to
try to get in some decent miles. So we did about 9 (in about 10
hours - blechh!). We're camped by a little brook about a mile before
Finally, Andy has admitted something he hates
about the trail - hanging the bear bag! Ha, HA!
I guess there's a big mob of people just a half
day behind us. Too bad we have been so lazy that we lost our little "lull." The
social aspect of this trail has been too much for me. Didn't realize
on this "wilderness" experience we'd have so much company.
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Mahoosuc Notch - "The
toughest mile on the A.T."
Some will call Mahoosuc Notch the most difficult
mile of the Appalachian Trail - others will call it the most
fun. The only sure thing is that you'll truly be in awe of
this boulder maze. From the sheer size of the rocks, to the
expanse of the boulder pile, every hiker is guaranteed to find
this a memorable mile. The obstacles are not necessarily difficult,
but just require a bit more time to navigate than the bulk
of the A.T. The white blazes of the Appalachian Trail sometimes
seem to follow an odd route; it's up to you to follow...or
Mahoosuc Notch - Wikipedia Entry
The Toughest Mile - GORP
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