I’m back, everything is wet and I lost a toe nail with another going. About the toe nail. One of the hazards on or trail experience is losing toe nails. yep I think Sherry has lost all hers at one time or the other but this is my first.
Goodbyes were said, and I am off. This is the first over night separation on the trail experience. I first ran into the normal trail obstacles. then started the climb.
First site is the lost lake, Sherry and I walked this far 3 years ago.
I ran into one of the seldom problems you find on the AT. Lost blazes. AT Hikers follow a white blaze on trees and rocks, 2”x6” I hiked 30 mins. without seeing one. Rules are, GO BACK until you find a blaze. So I backtracked about 15 minutes until a young guy passed assuring me, this is the trail, they do not mark it well here. So I done an about face and hiked over an hour before the first blaze.
Gold on the trail. Just before crossing a rock formation, what is this, a total of 6 tangerines and a huge plumb. Some day hiker had lost some valuable cargo, probably in a hurry and frustrated by all the rain we have had. I cleaned the fruit, ate the plumb. Kept three and set the others up for the next hiker, or animal.
My disappointment came at the absolute toughness of the trail. Having walked about 4-5 miles at the ‘Rattle Creek North End’ and about a mile of the lower end, it looked like my normal 2+ miles an hour speed hike.
HA HA HA! I ENDED UP HIKING LESS THAN A MILE AN HOUR. The toughest trail I have ever encountered with more sheer rock climbs than I want to remember.
There were some good vistas, I had been climbing over an hour and I could still see back where Sherry dropped me off, Pinkham Notch. On with the trail. and clouds coming in.
I met El Dog, heading south. He told me this was the hardest climbs and descents he had encountered on the trail,INCLUDING MAINE! His legs and feet were bothering him. He added , BUT at OUR age (I am ten yrs his senior) what do you expect.
I ran into a few caves and was tempted to sleep here, although it was still hours before dark.
The photo’s cannot show the the toughness of this climb. MANY ‘ups’ were like this. Fortunately the AT maint. crew had added steps here.
TO get an idea lok below and compare the trees to the climb. This is as far as I could get standing to take the picture. That is close to vertical.
BUT this is one of the spectacular views That is the White Mountains.
The rain began, I climbed creeks over logs and rocks, rocks the size of VW’s. LOL
I found only one spot level enough for a tent and quit for the day at 6PM. Rain stopped long enough for me to fix my Ramen and hang my pack & food in the trees.
That was last night.
I am BEAT, See you, thanks for stopping by the log.
Smart sign in a City restaurant:
OPEN SEVEN DAY A WEEK AND WEEKENDS.
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