Twig Adventures

AT Day 28: Quad Blazing with Firewood Angel

Saturday August 21st, 2021, 0930-2000RT 4 to Bully Brook, SOBO AT mm 513.724.8 miles6522 gain, 7041 loss I slept incredibly well considering a full room, including a few wheezers (women don’t snore, they wheeze). I didn’t even need earplugs. I felt so at peace all night but did have some interesting dreams…something in the tea or just really exhausted. I was up early per usual, getting work done. I went to breakfast at 07:30 am, which consisted of more matte tea and coffee, homemade granola, yogurt and fruit. This is what I have for breakfast every morning at home so I really enjoyed it. I caught the first bus back to the trail and started hammering. Another tropical system was on[…]

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AT Day 27: Yellow Deli

Friday August 20th, 2021, 0620-1800Stony Brook Shelter to Rt 4 & Rutland,┬áSOBO AT mm 48910 miles2946 gain, 2795 loss It hammered rain all night, so I had pretty interrupted sleep. I had to mop my floor and tent walls for condensation every few hours. But my clothes and sleeping bag stayed dry so I guess it was a success. I may need to send away for my new Pleximid tent. At least it’s not cold, so it doesn’t really matter how wet stuff gets. I just hate putting on wet stinky clothes and I really hate packing a wet tent. The rain did let up around 4 am, so I walked the remainder of miles into town under semi-dry conditions.[…]

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AT Day 26: Fred

Thursday August 19th, 2021, 0620-1800Blue Barn, West Hartford to Stony Brook Shelter, SOBO AT mm 47927 miles8622 gain, 7257 loss Some days are just about doing miles while listening to podcasts and music. Today was such. The remnants of tropical storm Fred ensured all day rain. Luckily it didn’t really start until just after I’d packed my tent. I had coffee courtesy of Linda, enjoying my breakfast under the protection of her porch. When I set off, there was only a slight drizzle to contend with, so it wasn’t too hard to leave. I envied the NOBOs, who had a meer 10 miles to go to reach Hanover and more dry spaces. I had 37 miles to go before the next[…]

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AT Day 25: Hello Vermont!

Wednesday August 18th, 2021, 0600-1730Moose Mountain Shelter to Blue Barn, West Hartdord, SOBO AT mm 45220.7 miles3657 gain, 5378 loss I’m back! In so many ways. First, my fast hiking pace returned and secondly, I’m back in Vermont. I visited about a year ago when I hiked the Long Trail and I just loved everything about the state. I was so happy to return today. First I needed to hike 11 miles into Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College. The trail goes right through the center of town, the first of such that I’ve come to. It was fast trail, with minimum up and downs. I made it to the outskirts of town by 9 am, 10 miles down. The mosquitoes[…]

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AT Day 24: Cubes, Smarts, Mooses, and Miss Janet

Tuesday August 17th, 2021, 0600-1730Rt 25A to Moose Mountain Shelter, SOBO AT mm 432.222.5 miles7644 gain, 6460 loss Despite my unfortunate proximity to the road and a kid’s summer camp, I slept peacefully all night. I heard some barred owls in the morning…only the second time I’ve heard owls on this hike. The mosquitoes seemed to be sleeping in, so I was quick and careful not to wake them while packing. My goodness were they bad yesterday! A few chased me out of camp but mostly I escaped their wrath. I quickly came to another stream where some NOBOs were camped and they said they didn’t have any mosquitoes, so maybe it was just the proximity to the road. Even[…]

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AT Day 23: Mt Moosilauke

Monday August 16th, 2021, 0945-1820Kinsman Notch to Rt 25A, SOBO AT mm 408.619.3 miles5568 gain, 6555 loss I had a lot of work to catch up on in the morning, so I was up early typing away. Lemongrass and Ninja Turtle were leaving to do a day hike of Moosilauke, same mountain I would be climbing, so I got a ride into town with them. We all stopped at McDonald’s, where I went shopping based on highest calorie content. This was 2 sausage egg biscuits for $4, 950 calories. I am one of the few that uses the calorie info to find things on the high end. I needed a ride back to the notch, so I walked 112 past[…]

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AT Day 22: Chet’s Place

Sunday August 15th, 2021, 0615-1000Eliza Brook to Kinsman Notch, SOBO AT mm 389.48.6 miles2175 gain, 3310 loss I had an easy day into town or so I thought. Someone annoyingly put another mountain in between that I hadn’t even noticed on the map. It wasn’t a huge climb or terribly steep, it just really slowed me down. There were lots of the 4 Rs as usual. I took a side trail to an overlook at the top and there was zilch for a view. The trail was built for wishful thinking I guess. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, though. It was so cool in the morning that I started out wearing my fleece. A nice breeze was blowing[…]

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AT Day 21: Franconia Ridge

Saturday August 14th, 2021, 0600-1930Stealth Camp/ Galehead hut to Eliza Brook, SOBO AT mm 380.820.2 miles7484 gain, 7927 loss I slept very fitfully all night. Being right next to the trail sucked. A couple came by at 10 pm, talking pretty loudly. I could hear and see their lights for half a mile in either direction. Then a solo person hurried past at 2:30 am. WTF? Probably a trail runner but maybe someone out for a FKT-fastest known time. I’ve night hiked plenty and I understand the drive and passion for FKTs, but this seems like the worst terrain to be doing in the dark. It’s treacherous enough in the light of day, but stumbling over the R’s and navigating[…]

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AT Day 20: Friday the 13th was Kind

Friday August 13th, 2021, 0645-1830 Nauman tentsite to just past Galehead hut, SOBO AT mm 360.6 21.6 miles 6283 gain, 6624 loss I just realized, now at the end of the day, that it was Friday the 13th. Well nothing bad happened yet, so hopefully I’m in the clear. I slept pretty well in my tiny hole in the dense forest. I was supposed to setup on a wooden platform the night before, infrastructure common to this region. But as my tent is not free-standing, it doesn’t play well with a platform. I need earth to hold my stakes and poles. I could have made it work with rocks and such, but in the fading light, I needed to get[…]

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AT Day 19: The Presidentials

Thursday August 12th, 2021, 0645-1930 Pinkham Notch to Nauman tentsite, SOBO AT mm 339 19.7 miles 8028 gain, 6243 loss It was another smashingly big day but so much fun! I got to climb Mt. Washington finally and it did not disappoint. For once, I got a great night’s sleep in the hotel room. I slept on the floor on a sleeping pad, so maybe that had something to do with it. I just can’t sleep well in a bed. In the morning, we got a shuttle with Ziggy again. He took our photo at the notch sign. Stellar was slackpacking the section I did 2 days ago and Toe Jam and I were heading south. But first we had[…]

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