Columbus Day weekend I hiked with some friends the most hiked mountain in the US, Mt. Monadnock. This time however the trail was twice as long making for a total of 6.4 miles from the Gibson Pond Campground to the Summit.
The hike was great, but the mountain was crowded and I had to adjust my pace down for some of my slower friends, thus slowing my normally blistering pace down to a mile and hour. The continuing to start and stop really did a number on me while I was under the weight of my pack. The crowded factor had a huge impact on my pace as well. I was worried about bumping people or getting knocked over. Hopefully despite A Walk in the Woods, Springer will not be as crowded as Monadnock on Columbus Day.
It will be really nice when my hike starts to be able to Hike My Own Hike and not worry about leaving people stranded on a mountain.
My girlfriend Hannah joined us as well and it was nice to have her along for the hike, she did a great job. Unfortunately, the weather in New England is finally starting to change with today having the temperature at 27 degrees. I could still go out and get training hikes in, but they will be more and more miserable as time passes.
I think I am going to be posting a gear breakdown soon, that will go up on Appalachian Trials and I will post the link here. I have ordered my food bag which was one of my last items. I also have another LARP event this weekend as weekend as well as a Rugby game. I might just recap that stuff here.
I am working to determine a good starting day in the spring I still don't have a hard date hammered down but I should do it soon.
Also lately there has been an influx of likes to the Facebook Page hopefully that means folks out there are reading, feel free to share and tell your friends!
The time marches steadily towards the beginning of March when I will begin my planned Thru Attempt, I have all of my gear now and have been meaning to do a break down for both Going Big and Appalachian Trials, but my schedule is pretty packed (pun not intended....or was it). Despite this I am trying to keep the trail in mind as I move forward.
This being said so far I have played two rugby games and left with leg injuries from both, hopefully that trend will not continue and I'll be able to get through the rest of the season with no more threats to my hike. I have also successfully scored the time off from my military unit to be able to hike, I just need to fill out the paperwork. They are going to let me reschedule them before I leave as well so I will have a bit more spending money in my pocket as I board the plane, train, or bus that will take me down to Georgia
I have also got my History Degree capstone project signed off on by my adviser, this semester I will be writing about the growth of the Appalachian Trail, post-WWII. I already have quite a few sources and will also be making a trip to the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) Office in Boston to utilize their archive for the paper. Once it is complete I will host it here, for those of you out there that enjoy dry history papers.
Hopefully in the next couple weeks I'll be able to get at least some kind of training hike in before winter really comes crashing down here in the Northeast. I keep placing hikes on my calendar, and then things always seem to come up, though I guess in a couple months I won't have to be worried about my hiking plans getting interrupted.
Just wanted to post another update as traffic on the site has been going up lately and I want to let everyone know I'm still in it, just trying to juggle my last semester at school is making getting out there and crushing some prep hikes a bit difficult. Be on the lookout for that gear breakdown...I swear it's coming.