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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #134 - September 5, 2003

7:25 PM - Woke up with a sore throat this morning. I think it is all the cold weather, making me sick.

We were getting all our stuff packed up, when I saw Martha Graham walk by! Turns out she had taken a wrong turn so she never had to cross the wild river after all.

The climb up Wildcat was pretty fun at first. Hand over rock climbing, really. Not too easy with a 40 lb pack! There were a few spots that were pretty nerve wracking but not too bad. The climbing continued, though - over peak "E," "D," "B" and finally "A." We're pretty sick of that mountain by the end. Got to the Carter Notch Hut around 2:00, so it had taken us a good 5 hours to do 5 miles! It has been very discouraging lately, going from 20-mile days to less than 10. The terrain is just too much sometimes.

We're just planning to have lunch @ the Hut, but as soon as we were about to leave, the skies were dark and thee was some rain coming down. Decided just to wait around for awhile until the caretaker showed up. Eventually he did and we were able to do work for stay. We piled wood for a half hour or so. This Hut is self-service year around, so no free meals. But, there's hardly anyone here so we have a bunkroom all to ourselves!

Tomorrow should be nicer out. Have to do 13 miles - hopefully it's a fairly easy day.

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Huts in the White Mountains

As a thru-hiker, one of the best parts of the White Mountains (in my opinion) are the Huts. Each one is unique in design, yet similar in excellent quality and charm. The accomodations, though "rustic," are of the highest standard - especially for being miles from the nearest thoroughfares. While tourists and vacationers are obligated to pay a somewhat hefty fee for the priviledge of staying in a Hut of the White Mountains, thru-hikers are given a most welcome break. "Work for Stay" is usually offered to thru-hikers who request it. This means that A.T. hikers can put in an hour or two of work at the hut - something like washing dishes, stacking firewood, or sifting compost - for a night's stay. Thru-hikers won't normally get the same accomodations as a paying guest. At the huts, we did sleep on the floors or on the dining room tables. If you're lucky though, the hut will be at low capacity and you may actually get to sleep in a bunkroom/house.

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