Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #133 - September 4, 2003
7:30 PM - What a night. It rained, rained, rained.
A pretty good storm blew through around 3 AM. Thunder & lightning.
Some seemed pretty close, but I felt so glad we were below in the
valley that I wasn't too scared. Unfortunately, all our stuff got
soaked. I'm not sure if it was because we were set up on a tent
platform, or what. The rain seemed to seep through the bottom of
the tent so that we were lying in puddles.
Got a late start - around 10, because we waited
for the rain to stop. Martha Graham had already left & Oreo & Buttercup
were behind us shortly. Just about a half mile down the trail,
we ran into trouble. There was a raging whitewater river surging
down the mountain, with no bridge to cross. The water was deep & churning
with all the rain, and any rocks that might have been used to cross
were swallowed up. Getting to the other side there was out of the
question. Oreo & Buttercup were there soon & we decided
to head upstream. We bushwhacked up the hill for awhile and came
to a point where the river was split into two smaller sections.
At the time I did not think it was a good idea to be up so far
off the trail in case something happened. Oreo decided we should
build bridges, so that's what we did. We threw down logs & rocks & managed
to make it across. I was thinking about Martha Graham though & how
she had left early. Where had she crossed? Hopefully she made it
From there it was a pretty easy 4 miles to the
Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center. We made it in time for AYCE lunch & got
1 meal free with a coupon a SoBo had given us. We stuffed ourselves.
After that we dried all our stuff out on the picnic tables outside.
We had thought about staying at the lodge there, but the prices
were too high. Anyway, it didn't rain anymore & we're tented
just about a half-mile up the trail. So we're glad we didn't give
in & spend the money.
Tomorrow we climb Wildcat, which is said by some
to be the toughest climb in the Whites!
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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.