thedouglas (thedouglas) wrote,

So I tried a 4 day hike on the AT and it happened to coincide with a bloody heat wave!

The plan:
Drive from Cleveland to Delaware Water Gap, PA and get a shuttle 40 miles north to Culvers Gap, NJ. Then hike back over the next four days.

Monday morning, 8am I met the shuttle... Edge of the Woods Outfitters- AWESOME couple who runs the place!!!!- and away I go.

An hour later I climb the ridge in the wrong direction! By the time I reach the summit it is 91 degrees and 43% humidity. I reverse direction and meet the southward ridge! It's all rocks and climbing in either direction.

I managed a total of 6 miles with my 30+ pound pack. Dumb dumb dumb. I camp at the top of Mt. Rattlesnake (aaaahhhhh!!!!) and a thunderstorm blows over!!!!

Woke up and found a trail straight down the mountain! By the time I got to the bottom I had hiked through a swamp and a derelict scout camp, and was a couple miles from Stillwater, NJ. A state trooper kindly pointed me to a deli with air conditioning. The temperature was 93 with 66% humidity!

I can't believe I made it. I am sore. My calves refuse to do anything, and my back is in real awful pain.

Had it been cooler (May or October) it would have been amazing. But in mid- July?!

I am no longer the 18 year old Eagle Scout I was....

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