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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #149 - September 26, 2003

7:25 PM - Was a pretty nice night in the shelter, I suppose. No mice that I noticed, and no snoring. Got a later start than we should have - quarter after 8. Had some really rocky trails in sections that should otherwise be a breeze  & I was cursing all the people along the way who told us the 100 Mile Wilderness was a cakewalk.

Had a pretty big ford to do at Long Pond Stream. All the fords before this we've rock-hopped. Probably not a smart idea with a couple feet of rushing water below you and a thick coat of slime on the rocks. Andy found a good enough spot & made it across. I don't know if it's my short legs or my crappy balance, but I am very poor at rock-hopping (even though I've been lucky to this point) and decided to just put on my sandals and get wet. It actually felt pretty nice and didn't get too deep - just a couple of feet or so.

From there it was up Barren Mtn. (mtns - another thing I thought we would be rid of in the Wilderness - HA!). We passed some really nice spots & views - Barren Slide & Barren Ledges.

The rest of the day was more more more roots & rocks & slick mud. Can't believe I didn't fall - I think Andy did once or twice. Made it the 16 miles to Chairback Gap Lean-to - just before dark, which is early now - maybe 6:30.

There are tons here - full shelter so we're tenting. There's just a bit of misty drizzle, but I don't think it's supposed to really rain. Hoping to do 18 tomorrow. Sherpa's wife is doing trail magic 5 miles from here. Hamburgers in the 100 Mile Wilderness - woohooooo!

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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.




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