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

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Sep 2nd, 2012
Start: Horns Pond Lean-to
End: Stratton, ME
Daily Distance: 5.1
Trip Distance: 188.2

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Stratton, ME

I got up late due to not sleeping well. The ground I was on became really damp after the sun went down and it felt as cold as ice. My lower half was freezing on the ground. I have a 1/8" thin full length pad in addition to the much thicker torso pad I sleep on. But that wasn't enough to insulate from the cold ground. The top of my body was sweating as usual since my quilt is too warm for the nightly temperatures, but the lower half was cold. Wierd. I never have experienced this before using this pad combination, not even when the nightly temperatures were in the low 20's on the PCT, even in the snow I had just before Canada. I got out my extra clothing and gear and layered it under my legs to keep them a bit warmer.

The trail started climbing almost immediately for several hundred feet before descending. The descent started off steep but the trail eventually mellowed out and was pleasant hiking. I finally came to ME 27 and went to the trailhead parking area across the road. As I was getting out my guidebook to look up info about possible shuttles, the owner of the Stratton Hotel pulled up. Another hiker had already called her. And yet another hiker showed up just then so 3 of us got an easy ride down to town. Due to the whole Labor Day/bounce box fiasco, I don't know if I will be hiking out tomorrow as I originally planned.

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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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