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City: Freeland
State: Maryland
Country: US
Begins: Mar 18, 2018
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Wed, Apr 18th, 2018

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4-18

Wise Shelter to Tent Site Past Trimpi Shelter

503.6 to 526.8 for 23.2 miles

3820’ of gain

I left Wise shelter this morning and climbed to a place called the Scales. It was a flat grassy area with a dirt road access and a kiosk. It used to be a place where ranchers would bring their cattle for weighing prior to sale. There were several ponies grazing near the Scales.

Just prior to the Scales was a high, open, and very windy place called Grassy Ridge. The wind was almost as bad as yesterday, but it was a few degrees warmer. By late morning the sun was getting strong and the wind subsided. I was soon in shorts and base layer as the sky turned clear blue and stayed that way fir the rest of the day. It is hard to believe how harsh the weather was just 24 hours ago.

The rest of the day was moderate grades in the woods with a couple of paved road crossing. The weather was so good and I slept so well that I was making good time. I stopped at the Trimpi shelter where I talked with Cave Dave. He hiked the PCT two years ago and has his sights on the triple crown. I went another 3 miles to a tent site with water. I’ll only have 7 miles in the morning to the road crossing to Marion.

The last night on the trail finds me with mixed emotions. I’m always sad to see the trail end and even more so this time since the trail continues for another 1600 miles. I’m grateful for the people that I met and got to know on the trail. This trail truly has more community than I was used to. I’ll miss the elation I got when the weather turned good! The weather was certainly part of the challenge of this trail. Enduring what Mother Nature throughs at you makes you stronger and more confident. I’m really glad I went on those winter backpacking trips with David. They really helped my confidence on this trip.Thanks David!

Other things I’ll miss are: looking forward to the warmth and mostly dry environment of my tent at the end of a long cold day, the way the mud crunched under my feet on frozen mornings, the fog of my breath, the feeling of strength on each climb, the accomplishment of each day, the challenge and unknown that lay ahead, the great feeling of zipping off my pants, the best shower after nine days on the trail, getting to town so I can talk to Sharon, sharing my day with friends, laughing with my trail friends, the ever present mountains, all the great and plentiful streams of water, town beer and food, trying to eat all the food in my food bag, the sound of the wind in the trees, and waking to the sun each day.

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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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