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Hungus and Pace
State: New Jersey
Begins: Mar 19, 2012
Date: Mon, Sep 24th, 2012
Start: Abol Pines Campground
End: Katahdin Stream Campground
Daily Distance: 10
Trip Distance: 2,179.1
Hours Hiked: 6
Daily Ascent: 1020
Daily Descent: 460
Min Elevation: 578
Max Elevation: 1119
Entry Lat: 45.888429
Entry Lng: -68.998695
Min Temp: 35
Max Temp: 68
People Met: 15
Entry Visits: 532
Journal Visits: 92,725
Guestbook Views: 8,349
Guestbook Entrys: 69
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Despite the fact that we were all up late last night, we were up and moving early this morning. We were getting breakfast from the Abol bridge campground store so we just packed up and left. Hungus and I were ordering by 830.
The store was busy with breakfast and hikers setting out. We ordered our sausage egg and cheese sandwhiches, got coffee and some other provisions for the last two days. Holy crap the LAST TWO DAYS!!! We were waiting for our food when two hunters rolled in with a moose they had killed. Today was the opening of moose season. All the hikers went to the truck to examine the glorious beast. It was big! This was only the second moose Hungus and I had seen and unfortunately it was dead. I touched its antlers and hooves. We watched the whole weighing and measuring process. 550lbs. As we ate, someone from the Katahdin stream campground came over and started to figure out how many hikers they would have tonight. It was a long frustrating process to reserve a campground for 6 of us and in the end it stressed us all out, we needed to start hiking.
We crossed into Baxter state park at 1046 and began our 10 mile hike to our final campground.
We walked along the Penobscot river for a few miles. We made a sharp right to follow the nesowadnehunk river uphill a bit. We took frequent breaks. There were two fords that we were able to rock hop across. We took all the side trails to see waterfalls and other features. The trail crossed between ponds and streams. Hungus was excited to show me where he saw his last moose on his previous hike. However they rerouted the trail so we didn't see the spot.
We reached Katahdin stream campground and ran into head-n-out and tag-a-long. They are summiting tomorrow too. We made our way over to the ranger office and registered for the climb. Hungus and I will be the 545th and 546th hikers to summit this year.
We saw all the hikers that finished today and it was weird. They are done!! They have hiked the trail, no longer are they hiking. That will be us tomorrow. Everyone started showing up to register. I think there will be 30 hikers tomorrow which is insane! We made our way to our campsite.
Our site is the last site and the closest you can camp to the summit of Katahdin. We all went about setting up and starting dinner. Daystar, Gribly, Towlie, Cheese Water, Hungus and myself all made big dinner jacked up with a ramen. POF joined us for dinner. Shortly after we were done, the majority of the crew came over to our site for one last fireside evening. We talked about how surreal this all felt and how at this time tomorrow we will be done!!! Everyone retreated early and we all headed to bed.
It's like Christmas eve, we are all to excited to sleep but know we need to. Mama K, we are resting up for you, please give us good weather and clear skies.
A journal to document the adventures of Hungus and Pace on their 2012 north bound thru hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Check out Hungus's 07 AT NOBO Thru Hike or 08 Cordillera Huayhuash Thru Hike
Click the link above to check out Hungus and Pace's 2017 JMT SOBO Thru Hike. There is also a link for the 2013 Long Trail but only a section was documented online. Hungus finished his last LT section in October 2016.
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