Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #143 - September 18, 2003
8:30 PM - Had another ok day of hiking - only
195 miles left, woo-Hoo!!!! It was another sunny day, but the wind
seems pretty chilly lately. Listened to the radio all day while
hiking. Most of the time I can't do that cause the stations don't
come in well enough, but today we passed by Sugarloaf Mtn, with
a bunch of radio antennas, so it worked out well. One of the stations
I was listening to had a promo about broadcasting from the top
of Sugarloaf practically every commercial break! Had a couple of
stream crossings today. There are few bridges here in Maine, mostly
because they get destroyed in the spring by ice & flooding.
So there are many streams & rivers we're supposed to ford.
Luckily we've been able to cross on rocks on all of them so far.
Not looking forward to getting my feet wet in any deep ones!
Tenting at Crocker Cirque Campsite tonight with
Loser & Leaf. I have heard all kinds of weather reports for
the next two days - rain, no rain, partly cloudy, windy, sunny,
etc. Hopefully nothing too serious. 7 miles into Stratton tomorrow
to resupply & have some lunch.
Auggh - I am surrounded by moths pacing the screen
of the tent. One's kind of neat - white with glowing red eyes.
Andy is out at the fire making music with Loser.
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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.