9/19 Bemis Stream Campsite (12.2)

October 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Today we left the Cabin.  Part of our Camptember strategy has involved eating whatever we want (not that we’ve been particularly restrained so far on the trip.)  We do seem to be regressing, though; lately we’ve been shopping for our resupply like children, throwing pounds of candy into our shopping carts with total abandon.  We started out today with about five days of impulsive food buys on our backs.  Unfortunately, impulsive food weighs more than well thought out purchases, and in no time Davey Crockett and Ketchup had sprinted ahead of us up the mountain. This was alright, because it […]

9/18 South Arm Road (Cabin Part 2) (10.1)

October 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Today we slack packed!!  Dirty cheaters that we are, we just did ten miles to the next road, going over Wyman, Hall, and Moody Mountains with day packs.  It was lovely.  Davey Crockett hiked with us and we were relieved again to verify that the trail is much nicer now under the watchful eye of the MATC.  We had a lot of fun chatting while we hiked and were glad to get to know Davey, a sweet Southern kid with a serious drawl and an introspective nature.  Despite the beautiful weather and early fall foliage, the rest of the day […]

9/17 Andover (The Cabin) (8)

October 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

We survived the Mahoosucs and our own wavering self confidence, but we still have to survive 265 more miles of Maine.  We decided on a plan of action to handle this and we are now instituting project Camptember.  Even if we go 10 miles a day, we will still be making it to Katahdin before the campground closes, so we’ve decided we can afford to shift our focus from hiking to camping.  The nights are growing longer and the day is being pinched closed from either end, which means less and less sunlight to hike by.  We decided we are […]

9/16 Baldpate Lean-to (9.3)

October 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Today woke us up with a light rain on our tent.  We laid there and sighed with relief that we weren’t about to scramble through the notch in it.  However, that feeling didn’t last long since we both knew we were headed up Mahoosuc Arm.  We were nervous but excited; like the notch, we had heard a lot about it and we expected it to be steep, slabby, and tough.  As it turns out, we had psyched ourselves out a little; the climb wasn’t bad and for most of it we were able to just walk right up the slabs, […]

9/15 Mahoosuc Notch (7.6)

October 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Well, Joe saw the darker side of the trail, but we are really glad he visited when he did.  It was easier to say goodbye to him knowing that we’d be back home with our friends and family soon…ish.  All we have to do is find a way through Maine.  The hardest trail we have to hike is still a mental one; It is hard to continue to hike towards Katahdin in Maine when you feel so far from seeing it. Today did clear up a little from the pea soup we had had on the poorly named Mt. Success […]

9/14 Carlo Col Shelter (11)

October 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Today our friend Joe from home visited us on the trail.  He recently got ankle surgery and so we tried to plan around a section that wouldn’t be too tough on his ankle.  Unfortunately, we were ill-informed about the Mahoosuc trail.  Although it’s notorious for containing the ‘toughest mile of the trail’ followed by ‘the second toughest mile of the trail’ where the AT crosses through Mahoosuc Notch and heads up Mahoosuc Arm, we were led to believe that these areas are rare phenomenons in Maine. Actually, while I was doing trail work in Washington I was appraised of the […]

9/13 stealth past Cascade Mountain (6)

October 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

We took a little holiday in Gorham, one of the last ‘vortex towns’ of the trail.  It was nice to spend some time with friends and take our minds off hiking.  We are all a little mentally exhausted from the trail.  We ate, rested, ate, resupplied, ate, and did laundry.  The next day, of course, no one wanted to leave.  The cold weather (a tough wake-up call after our brief Indian summer) and the dull rain was not particularly motivating either. Limey, Snakebite, First Gear, and Greenlite all headed to Pinkham notch and we finally dragged ourselves back to the […]

9/11 Gorham (US 2) (12.6)

October 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

We woke up today sweating!  We were very confused.  Where we back in Pennsylvania instead of camping at almost 4000 feet in the White Mountains?  Sure enough, we got out of our tent and packed up in a bizarrely warm sunny morning.  Indian summer is here!  We spent a lazy morning hiking up Middle Carter and stopping to enjoy the sunny 70 degree weather even on the exposed mountains.  Mt. Moriah was a perfect lunch spot with its wide ledges.  We stretched out in the warm sun and I thought it was funny that after a week of freezing cold […]

9/10 Wildcat Range Zeta Pass (10.3)

October 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Well, last night I awoke frantically to clapping and yelling.  This is because Mark apparently woke up to snorting and sniffing, and immediately became the cause of my own consciousness.  I’m glad his bear reflexes are so strong, but in this instance it was a false alarm since the culprit seems to have been a curious nocturnal mammal in the raccoon family.  We were sleeping alone for one of the first times on the trip, however, and we were somewhat illegally camped in a remote and secluded stealth spot, so we were both pretty jumpy.  We survived, as did our […]

9/9 Mount Washington (Camping at Pinkham Notch) (13)

October 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

What a beautiful day!  We woke up to utter relief after a tough night.  It had been a cold, bitter night where the wind seemed to try to rip the Lake of the Clouds Hut apart by the foundation.  The sunrise accompanied by the calmed winds were welcome sights.  The crew woke us up and had us quietly file into our bench before the guests were woken for breakfast.   It was tough to smell food again that we couldn’t eat after our long evening the night before of the same, but we had some small snacks in our bags […]