Cool start in the am. Found Wolfpack camped about 1/2 mile up from us. We were further up the climb from the evening before than I had thought….though I was glad we camped where we did, as we were in the trees so we did not get all the condensation on our gear.
Couple key things that hikers will pick up on this trail: 1) sleeping by water is usually colder and has more condensation. 2) sleeping out away from tree cover usually has more condensation on tents/tarps. The AT (and the northeast in general) doesn’t have these concerns too often as nearly everywhere has tree cover and rarely is there opportunity to camp near larger bodies of water.
Again we saw a lot of section and weekend hikers out on the trail. Met an 09 thruhiker named Trashman who was out for a few days. Also met an Israeli 20 something year old who really had no clue what he was up to out in the woods.
Walked for a bit this afternoon with Jaybird, a thruhiker that we had been behind for some time and finally caught up to.
Lot of up and down today, couple 2500 foot + climbs. Hiking trail was pretty good except for some blow downs in afternoon. Good views of some lakes and rock spires at the top of the mountain ridges.
In the afternoon, I slipped off the trail with one foot and landed on my knee, scraping it up pretty good. It was a situation where it was fairly steep on one side of the trail, and I steeped too close to the edge and the dirt was loose and gave way. It is mostly a wound to the skin, but it is sore. It will probably be stiff in the am.
Camped by Deception Lake. It’s JJ, Wolfpack and I, camped fairly close to some weekenders. Not a lot of campsites on the lake and this stretch is so popular, that I am not surprised that we aren’t camping alone.
Daily Distance: 29
Trip Distance: 2,447.2
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