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William "Wanderlust" Gornto
Begins: Jun 14, 2009
Date: Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
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Hiked up Mount Katahdin on the Abol Trail (not AT) and back down the Hunt
Trail (AT) two days ago. Great start. A lot of big boulder scrambling.
Clouds rolled in at the summit and it got very staticky, so we left the
summit quickly. None too soon as we were quickly in a thunder storm with
hail. Rugged hike, but not too difficult for the prepared.
13.5 miles yesterday from Baxter State Park into the 100 mile wilderness.
Slipped and fell at a stream crossing, but my stuff didn't get wet, only my
Today, 11.5 miles through a lot of mud. Great weather to start, other than
the brief initial hail storm. Eight more days until civilization.
I hike alone, but camp at shelters with other hikers. Lots of socializing.
I need to shave about three pounds from my base weight, then my pack will be
Altogether, a perfect first three days.
June 17 AM
Just took food inventory. I have enough for seven days and nights to get to
Monson, just enough. I left Gatorade powder and several breakfast shake
pouches at the lodge in Millinocket, to fit everything in my pack. I left a
lot of extra snack bars and Spam singles at the ranger station in Baxter
State Park, to reduce pack weight. If I had it to do over again, I would
have kept the Spam and a bit of the Gatorade powder. Oh well, you learn as
you go. My three most appreciated things out here are my 100% DEET, my
Crocs camp shoes and my 3 oz portions of chicken breast chunks for adding to
dinners. After resupply, I won't be without Gatorade or other elctrolyte
replacement powder again.
Shorter day today, about 8 miles, mostly uphill. Accordingly, I am starting
later and relaxing a bit. Gonna spend an hour or two reading a Spanish
magazine before starting.
June 19 PM
Yesterday and today were great days, short hikes (8 miles each day),
glorious weather, not much mud, beautiful streams and lakes, great company.
The crowd at the shelter swelled to 13 people last night, as four new
arrivals hiked a 20 mile day and skipped a stop. I will no doubt hike a
number of 20 mile days, but not until my trail legs are more solid.
Today, I took a mile side trail to the White House Landing, a hostel /
resupply point close to the trail, the only one of its kind in the 100 mile
wilderness. I didn't go out of necessity, but the lure of a one pound
burger was too much to resist.
I have six more nights to Monson, then I will ramp up the miles a bit.
Sent on the go from my Peek
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