17th April 2017
Hawk Mountain camp (7.4) to Lance Creek Camp (24)
Last night a bear could have come into my tent and slept next to me and I wouldn’t have known. I was in a very deep sleep. I guess my body needed it. As a result I woke refreshed and ready for another day.
It was around 7.45am when I started hiking. Sunrise is around 7am so I got moving quite quickly. The hills were rolling and the views were great from the top of the countless mountains I climbed today. Many of the trees are just coming to life after a leafless winter. This aids with the extensive views through the Georgian scrub.
I started to catch up to other hikers. Mostly the ones with very big, very heavy backpacks. I don’t really want to help them with lightening their packs. I don’t want to be the guy that might come across the wrong way. I did help two hikers with their packs and other information only after they started asking me questions about my gear. In the next town they should each lose 10 pounds of unneeded gear from their packs. I hope this helps the strain on their body.
I passed maybe 20 hikers today. There seems to be two types of hikes on the Appalachian Trail. The younger guys and the older guys, girls are not very common on the trail in my first couple of days, very different from the Pacific Crest Trail so far. Respect to all the hikers out here.
I’ve talked with a few hikers and found two who hiked other long trails, both the PCT. Par 3 hiked the same year as me (I never met him) and another guy who hiked last year. Everyone else is on their first long trail. I know that magical yet painful feeling they have right now so early in the trail.
So far my body is holding up fine, no blisters or sore feet. Though I am a bit tired as I sit in my tent typing up this blog post listening to the Georgian rain outside. I suspect I’ll sleep very well again tonight. My tent is pitched right next to the bear poles, so I’ll be the first awake if a bear comes into camp. The guy sleeping in the tent right next to me did mention that he wanted to wrestle with a bear, ‘it’s on my bucket list’, he said. I’m sure he could use one of the 7 knives he is carrying. Welcome to the Appalachian Trail.