A sample from Will’s trail journal, 7/12/16:
“Today would be the day we’ve been talking about for a good while. Mt. Moosilauke was looming over us even at the hostel last night. Known as the gateway to the Whites! We got up and ate breakfast at the hostel, then started hiking. It was hard finding the trail in some spots today since the AT follows other trails through this section. The climb up the mountain wasn’t too bad, spread out over 4.5 miles. The views were awe-inspiring! The first mountain up here to truly break tree line. The hike down was treacherous! Couldn’t imagine doing it in anything but perfect weather.
Took longer to go down than to come up. Ate some lunch at a picnic area before continuing on into a steep and rocky 7 miles to the shelter. Sometimes you’d just be hiking along and come to a rock wall. You’d ascend the wall by grabbing on to trees and sheer force of will, then you’d walk a ways and you’d walk up to a cliff, descending the same way. There was mud that when you stuck your trekking pole in it never touched the bottom. Had to rock hop and/or bush whack around those areas. Tough, tough day but worth it in the end. Got to camp about 8 and did everything quickly but still ran out of day light. Only 8.8 tomorrow but another tough day climbing Kinsman mountain first thing. Staying in town tomorrow night.”
We are officially in countdown mode, and I am SO EXCITED! Will’s summit of Mt. Katahdin should take place on August 7th, if all goes well. That’s exactly three weeks from today!
Rootbeard still has quite a bit of hard hiking left to do, including the 100-mile wilderness, the wildest and most remote section of the entire AT. So he’s a little preoccupied. I am trying to stay busy as well (mostly by singing Hamilton songs morning, noon, and night) to pass the time, but it’s difficult to wait for it, wait for it…
Thank you all for sticking with us on this journey. It’s so much more fun experiencing this alongside you! We want to invite everyone to a welcome home gathering for Will at The Factory Coffeehouse in Mocksville, NC on Saturday, August 13th. If you’re around, I hope you’ll drop in and say hello. More details to come on that!