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Miner - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2012

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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
State: California
Country: U.S.A.
Begins: Aug 17, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Sep 1st, 2012
Start: Little Bigelow Lean-to
End: Horn Pond Lean-to
Daily Distance: 10.2
Trip Distance: 183.1

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Bigelow Mountains

Today was a tough day. I did my most climbing since Katadin. I got a late start, 7am since I knew I was going to stop short of going into Stratton tonight. I had sent my bounce box there from home but realized back in Monson that I would arrive too late on Saturday for the PO. As I wouldn't be able to get my box until Monday, I took a zero so I wouldn't arrive in Stratton until Sunday. Only I forgot the month was changing to September and about Labor Day. Just like the PCT, I have been stopped by the post office being closed on Labor Day. So I'm not in a hurry since I can't get my box until Tuesday. Though I may just try to get it forwarded and hike on.

The climb up to the top of Little Bigelow was straightforward. But the even bigger climb up Avery Peak was even tougher coming immediately after. There was a great view on top though. I think I could see Katadyn in the distance. On top, I met a very opinionated local who had comments on how great Maine's water and mountains are to how bad the local republican is for wanting wind generators on the moutains. The ski slopes on Sugarloaf dominated the view to the south. I then hiked onto West Peak which completely tired me out. I was dragging by the time I reached South Horn and was greatful when I saw Horns Pond below me as I descended. I got water by the Caretakers tent there (basically a car tent shelter with a large tent setup under it with a large table with a coleman stove and chairs; looked comfortable), and found a tent site to sleep at. I watched the sun go down from the pond's shore and went to bed.

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A Walk South On The AT - 2012

One small step for man, but I'll walk even farther for a burger.

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is a 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.


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