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Begins: Mar 13, 2018
Date: Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
Start: Damascus, VA
End: Random Slanted Pine Campsite
Daily Distance: 19.4
Trip Distance: 498.8
Hours Hiked: 7
Daily Ascent: 4813
Daily Descent: 3021
Entry Lat: 36.639179
Entry Lng: -81.638385
Entry Visits: 162
Journal Visits: 21,293
Guestbook Views: 341
Guestbook Entrys: 31
Appalachian Trail Map
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In My New Tent
The Woodchuck Hostel is great, there is a no drugs and alcohol policy and quiet time started early. It let me crash and finally catch up on some needed sleep. It also has all you can eat breakfast, and I had frittata, potatoes and waffles. Oh and a banana.
Most of the other hikers were taking a zero day because of the bad weather coming. It was predicted the area would get 1 to 2 inches of rain and I am pretty sure we surpassed that. It is also suppose to get cold on Monday and maybe snow! Both Grumpy and I were complaining about our pack weight due to resupply when it started drizzling, we had not left town yet! By mid morning it was pouring, thunderstorms, I was soaked to the bone.
For most of the day hiking, we passed within sight of the Creeper trail and Laurel Creek, mostly taking the longer, higher way! At one point in early afternoon, the A.T and Creeper were the same and I walked about a mile on the Creeper.
It wasnt a great day hiking, the hard rain was pretty cold and I kept my head down to keep it out of my face. So not a whole lot of sightseeing. Before the hard rain hit, I did cross over the Laurel Creek on a beautiful new bridge.
I did finish my Audible book, Ready Player One, which Ive read twice and listen to twice before, good book. Hope the movie doesnt ruin it!
Many times today while shivering, I wished we had taken a zero!
I got to the shelter Grumpy and I agreed we were staying and I had planned on using it instead of my new tent. The shelter was full of hikers, one a SOBO, southbound hiker and his dog finishing up; others look as if they had been there since this morning; a couple and me looking like drowned rats! There was definitely no room for me. I ate a couple of cliff bars waiting for Grumpy. He got there and we decided to continue and make camp in a campsite in a pine tree grove. Thought that would be best for tenting, less splash and mud. We arrived and found a tenter and a hammock-er already here. I dont know how the hammock-ers do it!!
Anyway, the area is not even remotely flat but I was done and needed to get dry and warm. I got my tent up, this one goes up fast! Then put all my gear in the tent. Stripped neked, and dried off as best I could with a bandanna! Got into dry clothes and my sleeping bag. Ive been in my sleeping bag since 3pm! After dinner, I still have to hang my food bag, booo! This tent works like a champ, I am most definitely dry and I have a lot of room to spread out and I can sit up in multiple places!
Tomorrow I am hoping for clear weather. We climb Mt Rodgers, or at least most of the way up. Its the highest point east of Mississippi without a road to the top. Also, we cross the Grayson Highlands where I think they have wild ponies. Keats, wild ponies!! We will see!
Later for now.