4 Days and 3 Nights on the Appalachian Trail
No Great Adventures Just a Great Life
Another chance out on the trail with my good friend Bo Milner. It doesn’t get much better than this. Our wives drop us off at route 60 and the Appalachian trail in Amherst County Virginia, about 40 miles south of Waynesboro. I am starting the hike 25 pounds lighter than I was last year when we were hiking so I am feeling pretty good. This will be our most remote hike. We will not see a paved road; a moving car or a trash can for the next four days.
Its 2 pm when we start out but we have less than five miles to go to reach tonight’s shelter. However our first 2.5 miles climbs 2000 feet to the summit of Bald Knob. That is the same as climbing 3000 stair steps. This is a steep climb and we take it slow and easy. About five hundred feet from the summit we are over taken by a thunderstorm. We pull our rain gear from our packs and hunker down before the heavy rain hits. We are already soaked with sweat but the purpose of the raingear is to keep us warm and to try to keep our boots dry. Within minutes the trail in front of us becomes a raging stream a foot wide. We are certain our wives are terribly worried about us as the lightning and thunder breaks right over us. We learn later that our wives are west of the storm, see no rain and are delighted to be photographing the rainbow created by our thunder storm.
A typical shelter camp includes a shelter, which is a three sided building with a bare floor that sleeps about a dozen people and then numerous tent sites scattered around the shelter. There is also usually a picnic table, a water source and a privy. (Outhouse) This camp had both a stream and a spring.
|Dinner at Cow Camp Shelter|