Hanging on the AT in PA
This past week (before the hurricane) I hiked 60 miles on the AT, from the Penn/Maryland border to Boiling Springs, PA. In the first 3 days, I did 15 miles, 20, then 20. The 4th day was a pickup day, so I only did about 6.
The weather was gorgeous the first day, and the leaves were brilliant. The second day brought fog and mist all day long; it was quite spooky just in time for Halloween (especially crossing "Dead Woman Hollow Road", a shiver crossed my spine).
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I took my Hennessy Hammock, and a backpacking quilt I made. I slept with a pad in the hammock with me. I was quite warm as the temperature didn't drop below about 50.
On my last night, I was crossing the last big ridge before Boiling Springs and didn't realize how difficult of a rock scramble it was. It took me too long to get through, and dark fell before I could finish. I also ran into a huge black snake lurking in the rocks.
I decided to stop for the night rather than get tripped up in the dark (or lose the trail, it was decidedly hard to see the blazes). The hammock saved me, there was no place for a tent at all. You can see in this picture the difference between my anchor points: one was hung at about 6ft, the other at about 2.5ft.
Overall a great trip: the weather held out great, did a lot of distance, and met a bunch of interesting people on the trail. I did have a wardrobe malfunction: my keen sandals that I love finally gave out after 4 years of hard use. A moment of silence please...
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looks like an awesome trip
Looks like it was a nice trip. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing your adventure! Always love to see those PA woods and mountains, I miss that part of the country.
Neat! I just did Pen Mar County Park (Mason-Dixon Line)-to-Swatara Gap, passing through Boiling Springs, last week. Your report and pics sounded a lot like my experience, except sadly no snakes. I did come off Center Point Knob late in the day and hiked into Boiling Springs in the dark.
Originally Posted by deccles
I think we had six straight days of sunny, blue skies, then three of overcast and some fog. Was very nice.
Can't wait to go back next year and finish off the AT through PA.
Thanks for sharing!
Cool photos! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing especially the pictures! Looks like it was a great time.
Thanx for sharing! I plan to start at Boiling Springs in May and head south for a few week.
Great photos, always fun to see someone fishing for autum trout. The snake looked cool. Thanks for sharing the trip
Great trip! I did the AT in PA years and years ago. Started at the Deleware water gap and went south to the Maryland border. You picked a great section to do. Thanks for sharing. It brought back memories, including the black snake!