Today we’ve set out to do Katahdin, and a section of the Appalachian Trail that I failed to complete last time I tried it.
Last year just my pack weighed over 50lbs., more than half my then bodyweight. This year, I’m starting out with a total weight of just under 19lbs., including worn items such as boots. IT and I are starting with Katahdin, and staying at the Katahdin stream lean-to for the night before meeting up with my dad and Cheyenne at Abol Campground the night before we start the 100 Mile Wilderness.
Here’s our plan for each day:
Day one – Baxter State Park. Starting weigh 19lbs, goal is to hike Katahdin and stay at Katahdin Stream Lean-to. ~5 miles from the Peak of Katahdin to the lean-to.
Day two – Hike from Katahdin Stream Lean-to to Abol Campground to meet up with my dad and Cheyenne, and to pick up the next three days worth of gear. ~9.5 miles.
Day three – Start 100 Mile Wilderness. Starting weight today 28lbs. Hike from Abol Campground to Rainbow Spring Campsite. ~11 miles.
Day four – Hike from Rainbow Spring Campsite to Wadleigh Stream Lean-to. ~12 miles.
Day five – Hike from Wadleigh Stream Lean-to to a pick up point for Whitehouse Landing Camps. ~10-12 miles, depending on the pickup point we hike to.
Day six – Starting weight increased. Unsure by exactly how much, but it will not be over 30lbs. Hike from Whitehouse Landing’s drop off point to Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to. ~11-13 miles.
Day seven – Start up White Cap mountain. Hike from Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to to Logan Brook Lean-to. ~11.5 miles.
Day eight – Hike from Logan Brook Lean-to to Carl A. Newhall Lean-to. ~7.5 miles.
Day nine – Start the Barrne Chairback Range. Hike from Carl A. Newhall Lean-to to Chairback Gap Lean-to. ~10.5 miles.
Day ten – Hike from Chairback Gap Lean-to to Cloud Pond Lean-to. ~7 miles, to avoid hiking four steep miles downhill at the end of the day and destroying our knees/ankles.
Day eleven – Hike from Cloud Pond Lean-to to Wilson Valley Lean-to. ~8.5 miles.
Day twelve – Last day. Hike from Wilson Valley Lean-to to Monson. My dad has arranged a shuttle to pick us up from the trail and take us to his truck that will be left in Monson. ~10.5 miles.
Obviously I may not be able to blog very much while on the trail. If I get the chance I will post short updates here, or on Twitter and Facebook. Otherwise I’ll be sure to post in about 12 days!