Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Notch in the Belt

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Goodbye, Maine… You were beautiful.

We’ve completed 298 miles of the trail, and hiked at least 312 miles including side trails and accidental wrong turns. We’ve also finished four milestones. 1) Katahadin – the largest peak in Maine and one of the most revered of the trail; 2) The 100 mile wilderness – the longest stretch of trail without towns and resupply points; 3) Southern Maine in general – a notorious maze of huge boulders and rocks and roots and climbing up and down old, crumbling mountains; 4) Mahoosuc Notch – the “most difficult mile on the trail” because it’s a climb over and under and around an enormous boulder field. We found it more like a giant adult playground…

Maine presented a beautiful and magical landscape… We hear New Hampshire is also rigorous with a lot of climbing ahead of us the next 7-10 days… it also holds our next (and last two milestones)… 5) The Whites in general (a lot of climbing and high mountains); and 6) Mount Washington specifically – the highest peak in the NE.

After that, and these next 100 miles, things are supposed to get “easier”… we’ll see…

Shoulder Your Duds

20130728-151444.jpgAlthough we’re not hyped on carrying 9 days of food, we managed to keep out pack weight at 26 & 27 lbs, which is light by many standards. Any standard, in fact. After a little trimming in Stratton our base weights are below 12 lbs, so the rest is all snacks – and we can’t wait to lighten our loads! Now if only get these wooden Sherpas off our backs…