Browsing Posts published in August, 2009



Si I've decided: I will be heading back up to New Hampshire onThursday to try to complete this darned hike. I wish I could say that I am excited to be heading back to the trail,but it's not quite true. I certainly am not yet ready to give up mylife as a thru-hiker. It is, […]



So, I am home again. I walked out from Carter Notch Hut along theeasiest route, which was down the 19 Mile Brook Trail. Boy, what a joythat was! Apparently, there are 'normal' hiking trails in the Whites.Instead of scrambling up and down rock ledges and giant boulders, thetrail simply followed along beside the brook for […]

Sunday, 8/23 AT Miles = 5.9 / 1865.2Other Miles = 0 / 58.9Total Miles = 5.9 / 1924.1 Miles to Katahdin = 313.1 Good grief, Charlie Brown! It took me 5 hours to hike less than 6 miles today, and that was carrying a pack barely heavier than a day pack. My knees hurt just […]

The Backpacks

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See that big backpack? Well, that one is not coming on this next legof the hike. The big pack will be spending the next couple of days inthe trunk of my car here in Gorham. Instead, I will only be carryingthat little backpack, with just some warm clothes for the evening, andsome snacks for lunch […]

Gorham, NH

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I am in Gorham, NH tonight. I left home after lunch today and drove uphere. It sure was hard saying goodbye to Jodi! I am staying at Hiker's Paradise here in Gorham. Tomorrow morning Iwill leave my car here tomorrow and take the bus to Pinkham Notch,which is where I got off the trail on […]

Frustration & Back To The Trail

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Well, I’ve been home for most of the week now. It sure has been niceto shower every day, and to partake in this very strange custom ofwearing clean clothes every day! My plan is to ty to slack pack (hike with only a day pack) as much ofthe rest of the trail as I can. […]



Photos for the section from Franconia Notch to Pinkham Notch are here: — ~~~~~ Monkeywrench Allen F. Freeman

Thursday, 8/13 – Monday, 8/17 Thursday, 8/13 AT Miles = 12.9 / 1818.6 Other Miles = 0.8 / 58.9 Total Miles = 13.7 / 1877.5 Friday, 8/14 AT Miles = 11.8 / 1830.4 Other Miles = 0 / 58.9 Total Miles = 11.8 / 1889.3 Saturday, 8/15 AT Miles = 14.0 / 1844.4 Other Miles […]

Tuesday, 8/11 AT Miles = 16.4 / 1805.7 Other Miles = 0.8 / 58.1 Total Miles = 17.2 / 1863.8 Miles to Katahdin = 372.6 I had a nice night in North Woodstock, with a good dinner followed by a nice, filling breakfast this morning. After breakfast I positioned myself on Rt 112, the road […]

Monday, 8/10 AT Miles = 9.5 / 1789.3Other Miles = 0.9 / 57.3Total Miles = 10.4 / 1846.6 Miles to Katahdin = 389.0 The weather toyed with me this morning. In my "Appalachian Pages" book there is a notation that "North side of Mt Moosilauke is steep and often slick," and I had heard that […]

Sunday, 8/9 AT Miles = 19.9 / 1779.8Other Miles = 1.3 / 56.4Total Miles = 21.2 / 1836.2 Miles to Katahdin = 398.5 Last night was a beautiful night. I went up in the fire tower to take some evening photos, and also to get cell service. That was the first place I had been […]

—"Home is where I hang my food bag" MonkeywrenchAllen

Saturday, 8/8 AT Miles = 12.4 / 1759.9Other Miles = 0.1 / 55.1Total Miles = 12.5 / 1815.0 Miles to Katahdin = 418.4 Boy,it was cold lat night! I wore every bit of clothing I have, which isn't all that much, while sitting around after supper. Normally I wiuld have crawled into my sleeping bag […]

Friday, 8/7 AT Miles = 11.0 / 1747.5Other Miles = 0.1 / 55.0Total Miles = 11.1 / 1802.5 Miles to Katahdin = 430.8 Jodi and I had such a wonderful evening last night! I spent the afternoon doing zero day chores, mostly working out logistics for the upcoming sections. I never did find time to […]

Zero Day in Hanover, NH

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Thursday, 8/6 AT Miles = 0 / 1736.5Other Miles = 0 / 54.9Total Miles = 0 / 1780.5 Miles to Katahdin = 441.8 The title of this post is a bit misleading. Jodi and I aren't stayingin Hanover. Hanover is quite an expensive town. The Hanover Inn,directly across the green from Dartmouth College, has rooms […]


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Photos for the section from Manchester Center VT to Hanover NH are here: — ~~~~~ Allen F. Freeman

Wednesday, 8/5 AT Miles = 5.8 / 1736.5Other Miles = 0.1 / 54.9Total Miles = 5.9 / 1780.5 Miles to Katahdin = 441.8 It was warm last night.Warm enough, and muggy enough, that I actuallyhad a bit of trouble sleeping. Also, I think I was just so tired thatit actually made it even harder to […]

Tuesday, 8/4 AT Miles = 20.4 / 1730.7Other Miles = 0.5 / 54.8Total Miles = 20.9 / 1774.6 Miles to Katahdin = 447.6 My apologies for being a couple of days late with this entry.Tuesday's hike just kicked my butt. I started hiking at 6:45 in themorning, and I hiked hard all day until I […]

No Blog Tonight

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Very tired after hiking 11 hours today. Will catch up tomorrow, from New Hampshire! —"Home is where I hang my food bag" MonkeywrenchAllen

Monday, 8/3 AT Miles = 19.9 / 1710.3Other Miles = 0.2 / 54.3Total Miles = 20.1 / 1753.7 Miles to Katahdin = 468.0 Whew! Up, down, repeat ad nauseum. That was today's hike. I haven't had to climb like this since I don't know when. I am tired tonight in a way I haven't been […]

My Broken Backpack

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Not only is the stay broken, but the broken end has worn a hole in the packbag. —"Home is where I hang my food bag" MonkeywrenchAllen

Sunday, 8/2 AT Miles = 17.4 / 1690.4Other Miles = 0 / 54.1Total Miles = 17.4 / 1733.6 Miles to Katahdin = 487.9 In this episode, our hero solves a mystery, gets stung by a bee, drinks a Coke, climbs a mountain, and (gasp!) blue blazes. Oh, and it rains, of course. At the hostel […]

Saturday, 8/1 AT Miles = 17.6 / 1673.0Other Miles = 0 / 54.1Total Miles = 17.6 / 1716.2 Miles to Katahdin = 505.3 So far, the month of August has a perfect record for sunny skies! Wonder how long that will last. Today was a beautiful day. My boots were absolutely saturated from yesterday, and […]

Friday, 7/31 AT Miles = 14.8 / 1655.4Other Miles = 0 / 54.1Total Miles = 14.8 / 1698.6 Miles to Katahdin = 522.9 Rain. Goodness but it rained! It started a couple of hours before I left town, and didn't stop until after I had set up camp for the night. In between, I waded […]