Continuing my third round of completing the Appalachian Trail with a lengthy hike of over 120 miles. My only catch this time is I had eight days to complete it. Thus it required me
|The climb north to Buzzard Rock yields a great view|
Water Issues. I talk about this issue in another blog, but my trip required a good idea of reliable water locations. I carried the guidebook pages and maps. I did ask hikers along the way what water was available and most had a hard time remembering. But what I did hear at least boosted my confidence that there was fairly adequate water availability.
|Most bridges went over dry areas unless they were bigger creeks|
Murky Water sources. The evening of Day One saw me camped by a black pond as my water source. In all the miles I have hiked, I have never had to pre filter water. But in this case it was a must to avoid the sediment clogging my Sawyer filter. I took a bandana (glad I had two with me for this hike!) and ran the water through. The bandana worked perfectly to collect the dark sediment. I then filtered the water through the regular Sawyer filter. While the water was still discolored, it was free of particles and treated.
Elevation and Weather. It pays to know the weather ahead of time. The hike began in summer-like
|Snow and cold wind on Chestnut Knob|
Other Hikers. I must say, on this trip I met the friendliest hikers out there. Everyone greeted me. I saw lots of southbound thru hikers also as they are heading for final destination of Springer Mtn in GA, only weeks away (and boy were they happy!). It was great to see such a collection of friendly hikers out there enjoying the trail. The only issue I saw among most – no one was wearing blaze orange!!
Animals. In this section of trail it is not so much the bears but ponies and longhorn cattle! In several instances the cattle stood directly on the trail. The horns were quite intimidating, I must say. I did
what I usually do with bears, talked to them like my dogs in a confident manner and they thankfully moved. But it was still nerve wracking.
Overuse. Because of the persistent high miles over rough terrain, I am now nursing a fairly bad anterior tibial tendonitis on my right leg. Even after four days of basically no walking t is still bothering me. So the rule is – don’t overdo or you will suffer the consequences! And that is something I ought to know by know! Check out tips on my Overuse blog.
|Sunset at Thomas Knob Shelter|
Observations and Lessons Learned on Section Hikes Series: