Monthly Archives: August 2016

Last Day on the Appalachian Trail

Four days ago, I decided to end my 2016 in Hanover, NH. I bought a ticket on Southwest that I could change without penalty if I changed my mind about ending my hike. I've contemplated the pros and cons of continuing my hike or leaving the trail and will leave the trail for two reasons.…
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Day 94 on the Appalachian Trail

I was first out of camp at 6:15am. As I expected from the elevation profile in the guidebook, today featured about ten climbs and descents, but only a few were excessively steep. From the shelter, the Appalachian Trail headed mostly downhill for 3.4 miles with a brief uphill to Ascutney Mountain. Why the trail went…
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Day 93 on the Appalachian Trail

The cloudy morning delayed my usual wake-up such that I didn't get going until 6:30am. Downward for a mile to VT Hwy 4. The Appalachian Trail then began a series of ups and downs. The Long Trail separated from the AT a mile after I passed the highway. I thought about taking a side trail…
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Day 92 on the Appalachian Trail

I left the shelter at 6:15am and headed downhill for five miles to VT Hwy 140, then uphill to Bear Peak. After heading downhill for 3.5 miles, I got a view of the Rutland airport. Wow! North of VT Hwy 103, the Appalachian Trail ascended a ridiculously steep 'rock scramble' for a quarter mile. Awful!…
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