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Aug 10 , 1983 Wednesday (573.1 mtg) From Gonzo!s Appalachian Trail journal

Woke up to a cold 40 degree temperature around the shelter. Two and a half miles past the shelter, at Harmon Hill, the trail began to drop down to Route 9 and began the major ascent that would last the majority of the day. Passing Nauhiem Shelter along the way, the trail took me up Maple Hill and several other unnamed peaks on it's way to Glastonberry Mountain, an elevation change of about 2500 feet. The change sounds like a lot, but actually happens over roughly ten miles of trail. This does not mean that it was a piece of cake, there were areas where the climb was more severe, such as the initial climb out from route 9. I enjoyed the view from the old firetower on top of Glastonberry Mountain, and the wonderful weather that I was treated to that day. The cold front that had chilled me last night made for bright, crisp non-hazy skies. Glastonberry was covered in Spruce and Balsam Fir trees and the smell of Christmas filled the air. I could see for miles over the Green Mountains of Vermont and back into Massachusetts, where I had just come from.

Four miles of descent from Glastonberry brought me to the first of two shelters situated within one-quarter mile of each other. The Kid Gore Shelter was very nice and I had intended to stay the night there until a group of YMCA boys showed up. I then decided to move on to Caughnawaga Shelter where I hoped there were a few less bodies. Seems as though I am running into more outing groups the farther up the trail I go. Water supplies in Vermont seem to be a lot better than those in Massachusetts and just south of there. The temperature in the evenings seemed to be more on the cool side as well. Probably due to the higher altitude.

Gonzo! Appalachian Trail Journals ©1983

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