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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Friday, September 30, 2011
It's hard to say if they will climb today or if they plan on waiting a day or two. The weather calls for rain until Tuesday. Based on Ryan's comments last week they may hang out aroud Baxter and soak it all in for a day or two. It was also important that they have a certain group together to make the climb together. While you would expect exhuberance over finishing the 2,181 miles there seems some sadness for it all being over. I would expect there have been some very strong friendships and bonds formed over a 6 month 2,200 adventure from Georgia to Maine. You have to wonder how the whole experience would change a person.
I'll post as soon as I hear from him again.