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Catfishrivers - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2009

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City: Jefferson Township
State: NJ
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 20, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Apr 4th, 2009
Daily Distance: 4
Trip Distance: 17.2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,360
Journal Visits: 3,758
Guestbook Views: 88
Guestbook Entrys: 2

Training

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PACK ON!

I put my loaded pack on my back today and went to one of the local trails at Mahlon Dickerson to practice hiking with my fully loaded pack weight of 25 lbs (well fully loaded sans food). I was freaking out the other night when I very first tried on my loaded up pack, but today restored my confidence. I know the trails I walked today very well, and was able to judge just how much my new pack and its contents were truly affecting me. I also took the opportunity to try out my new accelerometer watch to track my distance and mph. I found I was going uphill around 2 mph and about 3.5 mph on flat stretch and 2.5 mph downhill. There was definitely an added stress on the body from the addition of the pack to my efforts, but I do feel like I will be able to adjust just fine. Another matter resolved over the past couple days was my foot pain in my left instep/arch area. I got it after several longer uphill hikes and was starting to worry that the pain would be pretty bad before I even got my feet on the AT. I did some research and came upon a shoe insert called Superfeet, and within minutes of inserting them into my boots I did start to feel relief. So, thus far everything continues to come up Milhouse for me, including the completion of my Mintyboost usb recharger for my iPhone! It lets me use 2 AA battiries to recharge my phone a couple of times, which is great since I plan to use the iPhone to read some books I scanned in, as well as the gps app to help me use my maps. I know some people frown on using things like the iPhone on the trail, so I promise to keep it in my tent at night on the down low. :)

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This Is An Adventure...

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org

 

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