Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
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
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
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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.