Appalachian Trail Journals 04-09-03

Journals From A 2003 Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail (by Loony)

Entry #18 – April 9, 2003

8:15 PM – Woke to rain, so slept in a bit. Sky finally let up and we got going around 10:00. Another misty, foggy day. I think we went over some pretty good viewpoints, but couldn’t see a thing. Decided to make it a long day & do 14 miles so that we can get to Wallace Gap tomorrow & maybe Rainbow Springs Campground. Hoping we can maybe get a cabin there? It’s getting hard to deal with this rain, especially when the shelters are full & we have to set up a wet tent. The afternoon was tough, but pretty interesting, climbing along Big Butt (a Mountain!) was pretty wicked, as it was practically a cliff and we were edging our way along rocks – there was even a ladder in one spot. BUT, the real tough part came when we got to Albert Mountain. It was hand over hand for a while, hauling ourselves over the rocks. Tonight, we’re @ Big Springs Shelter, in our tent, in the rain. Had been waiting to get to a privy, which they have here. Went up to use it & there was a mouse inside. Guess it’ll have to wait!