Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #25 - April 16, 2003
Had a good 13-mile hike into Fontana Dam yesterday.
A lot of it was pretty easy hiking, so we made decent time, even
with a couple of good breaks. We met a few more people Rocky,
and some guys from GA (Swampdog? I think is one of their names).
We didnt run across too many people during the whole day, though.
Must have been around 2:00 when we hit the last peak and started
down to Fontana. The walk down was wonderful. There were places that
were so green, full of wildflowers and new plants that it was like
coming down into a fairyland. The air was perfumed with a scent of
flowers not sure if it was the blooming trees or what. Got
down to the highway around 4:00, or maybe before. From there it was
only about a mile to the shelter. HOWEVER, the trail must have been
rerouted or something, because it was nothing like the elevation
profile I have! It was up, up & down, etc. for no good reason
that I could see. I was genuinely POed at the Trail, even though
I shouldnt be, but ah well. Eventually we got to the shelter this
ones called the Fontana Hilton. Its made
from beautiful wood, with benches, and room for 20 people. There
was even Trail Magic when we got here FOOD! Yippee! It was
from Pushin up Daisies & a couple others. Walked down to the
dam to take free hot showers, and came back up & had a fire.
Julie, Shankadelic, Nemo, T-Bird, Rocky, Cloudwalker and a bunch
of others were here a good night.
Now we will be heading up to the village to wait
for our packages. Were here early, but hopefully it wont
be too long before were headed into the Smokies.
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Preparing to Hike the
Commonly used guides by A.T. thru-hikers
include the Appalachian
Trail Guides (published by the Appalachian Trail
Conference), the Appalachian
Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion, and the Appalachian
Trail Data Book. The guide series includes a guide
for each section, along with a series of trail maps. The
Thru-Hiker's Companion has helpful info on towns, shelters,
and water. The Data Book has basic distance info for road
crossings, shelters, and other features. All are excellent
tools for use during a long distance hike.