It’s official! We have started the AT!
Had a great day getting up to the top of Maine’s highest peak and the northern terminus (our start) of the Appalachian Trail. It was very windy at the top with the clouds blowing right past us. There was a tiny bit of snow at the top on the northern edge, but none to walk through. The climb is purported to be the toughest on the trail. It was quite challenging with many scrambles and squeezing up through a long boulder field before getting to the ridge.
We were thrilled that our friend Kelly was able to drive us over and climb the mtn with us. Thanks Kelly!
Also had the good fortune of accommodating park rangers who allowed us to sleep in a convenient location to begin walking south tomorrow.
Met a couple other southbounders before and after our climb. Met a northbounder (Dan aka “the sixes”) who was completing a six year section hike of the whole trail. Congrats Dan!
Daily Distance: 5.2
Trip Distance: 5.2