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City: Hudson
State: Ohio
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 13, 2018
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jul 10th, 2018
Start: Pinkham Gap
End: Imp Campsite
Daily Distance: 13.1
Trip Distance: 1,895.6
Hours Hiked: 8
Daily Ascent: 5751
Daily Descent: 4379
Entry Lat: 44.328929
Entry Lng: -71.150094
People Met: 2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 116
Journal Visits: 18,418
Guestbook Views: 280
Guestbook Entrys: 27

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So Nice

Indigo Imp

Said goodbye to my favorite motel earlier then planned. Of course I was up early, showered, backpack packed, coffee-ed and fed all before 7am. My ride from the motel maintenance man was not until 9:15. So I decided to hitch back to Pinkham Gap. I got a ride pretty quickly but he drove me as far as the turn off but I was still in town. The second ride took a little longer, a hiker up for the week from Pittsburgh. We chatted about the trail and the 4000 ft peaks in the area.

At the Gap I saw Major Tom. We chatted for a sec but I was eager to get moving. I felt good, back felt ok, I was ready to hike. I had two goals in mind, at 13 and 19. Today I am climbing the Wildcats, decent mountains.

It started up right away, 2000 feet in a couple of miles, pretty steep. It was definitely some rock scrambling but less rock hopping which was good. I passed Otis slackpacking. I made it to the first of four Wildcat peaks. At the second, there was a gondola running and one can ride down to have lunch, I passed. On the steep climb up the third I caught up to Sturdy. She stayed at the lodge I was planning on staying at originally. We sorta caught up on our wanderings! Rabbit is off trail, his partner came up to see him so he is zeroing. I continued hiking and soon caught up to Duracell and Gramps. We all made the climb up the 4th.

It was a steep climb down to the side trail to the Carter Ridge Hut. I got there and introduced myself to the host, a nice guy. I used my AMC pass to get free pastries, they were wonderful. The rest showed up and we all lunched together. We all had a great talk with the host he opened his larder and brought out two kinds of soup. The homemade soup was a nice addition to my lunch of bars, peanut butter crackers. I filled up my water bottles and headed out.

It was another steep long climb up to Carter Dome. It was difficult on a full stomach. Then a dip and up to Mt Hight. Great views from the top! More climbing but gradual to Middle Carter Mtn. A steep decline to Imp Shelter, I decided to end after 13 miles.

I was still feeling good and I want to have a good 4 or 5 days of hiking before coming off the trail to resupply. I saw the A.T weather was calling for potential rail and hail so I decided to stay in the shelter.

Sturdy and I headed to the cook area to make our dinners. Gramps and Duracell pushed ahead to get to hostel to meet up with Sani.

I am hitting the sack early, wanna get an early start. Tomorrow I have two goals 14.6 and 19.5. It is not a sprint but a slow marathon! That is my mantra.

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Appalachian Trail - 2018

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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