The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,181 miles long. The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships,and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions do traverse towns and roads, and cross rivers. The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Along the way, the trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
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Monday, July 25, 2011
Pictures Harpers to NJ 6/30 - 7/17
There are new pictures in the right column. These are the balance of pictures from Harper's Ferry and the trip throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and into New Jersey. There are several rattlesnake and bear encounters. Ryan shot a movie of a bear and her cubs and we're working to get this on the blog ASAP. He saw 5 bears, 5 rattlesnakes, and a copperhead on this leg.
There are pictures of the ice cream challenge at Pine Grove and lots of rock scrambles. It hard to fully understand the rock scrambles until you see the pictures. Note in many of the rocky pictures that the white trail blazes go right up over the rocks.
Ryan also sent some journal entries and these will go on in the next couple of days. He is currently in Brooklyn visiting Matt Oliver for a couple of days. When I talked to him on Sunday he was web surfing pictures of the trail in New England. He said he's really enjoying a day of street clothes and AC but is anxious to get back out on the trail. He's meeting back up with his buddies on Tuesday morning to take a train out to the trail head.