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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

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 Grafton Notch.

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 not.

Related Links:

Mahoosuc Notch - Wikipedia Entry
The Toughest Mile - GORP
Mahoosuc Range

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