Day 155 (Aug. 23rd) – 13.1 miles to Gorham, NH. We are officially done with the White’s!! And we are just below 300 miles left (298.3 to be exact). Everything hurts. It was 13 hard miles today.
Day 156 zero day Gorham NH
Day 157 (Aug. 25th) – 11.8 miles to Gentian Pond Campsite. We hit the 1900 mile marker today you guys!! Pretty nice terrain (compared to White’s), but still some areas with climbing and difficulty. I was dragging today (have been fighting a cold). Chilly all day and cold tonight!
Day 158 Aug 26th – 9.6 miles to Full Goose Pond Shelter and Campsite. Hard, hard day. All boulder climbing (hand over hand) and steep ups and downs. Climbed 4 mountains today. Tomorrow – the Notch and Arm. I’m coming down with a cold, was dragging all day.
Day 159 (Aug. 27th) – 5.1 miles to Speck Pond Shelter and Campsite. Mahoosic Notch and Mahoosic Arm = DONE! The Notch is classified as either the most difficult or most fun mile of the AT. It is a deranged field of huge boulders that you have to go over or under. It took us 1 and 1/2 hours. We classified it as surprisingly fun, except for the parts that were really scary. Think of playing Twister, but deciding on which boulder to jump to instead, with out falling down. Oh, to have a “normal” AT trail again (but I think those days are over). The “Arm” was also no joke with 1500 ft ascent in a mile. Hard day, and with me still not feeling well, we pulled up short today.
Day 160 (Aug. 28th) – 4.6 miles to Grafton Notch, got picked up by shuttle and taken to Pine Ellis Lodging Hostel. Jen has a cold so did short day to town to get meds and rest. Day started with steep climb and some boulder scrambling (what’s new?) to the top of Speck Mountain, and then a nice gradual down to finish the day. Will slack pack tomorrow.
Day 161 (Aug. 29th) – 10.3 miles to East B. Hill Rd. Slackpacked today, and it was a good day. Still have my cold but I was drugged up so felt better, and the terrain was not bad (compared to what we’ve been through lately!). Pretty steep climb at the top of Baldpate East Peak.