Flashback – AT99 – March 15

(From my hiking journal)

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Did 14.9 miles + 4000 vertical feet with Casey today.  Low Gap -> Montray Shelter (aka Tray Mountain Shelter).  That was a long day.   I was tired as I got to the top of Tray (4450′) since it was a long, arduous climb.  But then I realized that I was dehydrated, so I drank a quart and Casey gave me some Peanut M&Ms, and the world got much less ugly.   My knee wasn’t too bad until we got to the shelter and it stiffened.

46er, an old, fast thruhiker, Ironman, Iceman and Thor were there, Coös came up behind, and finally Sparky and Walrus, two older folks, missionaries with the Navajo were there.  They seemed unhappy and cold.

The view from the top, as was the sunset and sunrise, was beautiful.  Took a photo.  Actually another cool photo was of Casey walking about a mile from Low Gap through the ice-covered trees in the fog.  Casey_in_the_snow

BTW: I have photos of me on Springer, me starting, Bill Delaney, Edie & Sarah, and 1 of Papa’s Pizza in Blairsville.

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Smokebeard has hiked the 2652 mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. His latest adventure was a 3 week thruhike of the 273 mile Long Trail in Vermont.

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