Appalachian Trail Journals 09-05-03

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

Entry #137 – September 5, 2003

7:25 PM – Woke up with a sore throat this morning. I think it is all the cold weather, making me sick.

We were getting all our stuff packed up, when I saw Martha Graham walk by! Turns out she had taken a wrong turn so she never had to cross the wild river after all.

The climb up Wildcat was pretty fun at first. Hand over rock climbing, really. Not too easy with a 40 lb pack! There were a few spots that were pretty nerve wracking but not too bad. The climbing continued, though – over peak “E,” “D,” “B” and finally “A.” We’re pretty sick of that mountain by the end. Got to the Carter Notch Hut around 2:00, so it had taken us a good 5 hours to do 5 miles! It has been very discouraging lately, going from 20-mile days to less than 10. The terrain is just too much sometimes.

We’re just planning to have lunch @ the Hut, but as soon as we were about to leave, the skies were dark and thee was some rain coming down. Decided just to wait around for awhile until the caretaker showed up. Eventually he did and we were able to do work for stay. We piled wood for a half hour or so. This Hut is self-service year around, so no free meals. But, there’s hardly anyone here so we have a bunkroom all to ourselves!

Tomorrow should be nicer out. Have to do 13 miles – hopefully it’s a fairly easy day.