What a whirlwind. I’m over 1,600 miles into the path now and I typically must pinch myself to ensure it’s all actual. The recollections of the primary three-quarters of the path mix collectively and stand out on the identical time.
Since I’ve final written rather a lot has occurred: the terrain has shifted, the mountains have grown bigger, and I’ve been sleeping in a hammock.
I switched to a hammock across the 1,200-mile mark for 2 primary causes: I wished to have a setup that may preserve me and my down quilt persistently dry, and I wished to have the ability to camp wherever simply with out having to discover a flat spot. There have been loads of nights after I received to camp solely to seek out that there have been no good flat tenting spots. I noticed my buddies sleeping in hammocks and was all the time jealous of their potential to simply arrange wherever. After a wet week in Shenandoah I made the choice to change. I’m now in a Warbonnet Blackbird (that’s the kind of hammock I’ve) and I’ve adjusted fairly properly. I really like tinkering with the setup and revel in sleeping with a view of the evening sky on clear nights.
Being again within the north, the terrain is noticeably extra rugged. From the rocks in Pennsylvania to the steep climbs in New York to the mud in Vermont, it is extremely completely different from the South. In northern Massachusetts on Mount Greylock the path received again up above 3,000 ft for the primary time since Northern Virginia. The climbs are getting greater once more and this time they aren’t coming with switchbacks. I really like the steep climbs and rugged mountain climbing. I grew up with terrain and really feel snug mountain climbing in it.
I’m in Vermont now. I watched the sundown on Stratton final evening and felt proper at residence among the many evergreens. The final quarter of the path goes to be probably the most bodily and mentally difficult half. I’m excited. Deliver it on.
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