Appalachian Trail Jindo

A 2,200 mile hike with my dog Nara.

Goodbye New Hampshire

Jul 24, 2013

442.1 miles hiked, 1,743.8 miles to go.

Hanover (pop 11,151)

Jul 24, 2013

Hanover was my last stop in New Hampshire (1 mile from the Vermont border). It's basically known as Dartmouth college town.

Theres some very hiker-friendly businesses, which probably kept me in town longer than we should have stayed, but it was a nice change of pace from hiking in the woods everyday.

Not in the woods anymore

Slept in the woods just behind soccer fields

Main St

Thru hikers get a free pizza at Ramuntos

Thru hikers get a free bagel at Metro

Hotel on Mt Washington

Jul 17, 2013

There use to be a hotel on Mt Washington, which reminded me of "The Shining".

Here's a funny spoof:

Out of the Whites

Jul 17, 2013

Final day in the Whites was a long day. We woke up early to watch sunrise come up over the mountain range we had hiked. Walked 23 miles over Mt Moosilauke, passed village of Glencliff, ate dinner on summit of Mt Cube, and watched the sunset before walking another 1.6 miles down the summit.

A hard but rewarding day.

View I woke up to inside Beaver Brook Shelter

Dinner view on Mt Cube

Trail Magic

Jul 17, 2013

Trail magic encompasses all the unexpected support you get on the trail from rides, to coolers of drinks left near trail heads, free food, and other acts of kindness.

It might not sound like much, but when you've been walking all day and out of water, an unexpected cooler of gatorade and sodas is a godsend.

Lots of trail magic in New Hampshire this year. One 2012 thru-hiker even left dog food in a cooler!

I'll have to pay it forward when I return home.

Kinsman Pond Shelter

Jul 17, 2013

On July 4 (1 month on the trail), Nara and I had a shelter all to ourselves. And it was an awesome shelter: clean, high elevation, no bugs, and nice pond. It was also the first time I slept in.

The day before I resupplied in Lincoln, NH and I got carried away at the grocery store. I had to lug a lot of weight up to this shelter, hence the sleeping in next morning.

Mt Washington (elev 6,388 ft)

Jul 17, 2013

Mt Washington is the second highest peak on the AT (Clingmans Dome in the Smokies is slightly higher). It has a reputation as the most dangerous small mountain in the world due to the erratic weather change. There have been over 100 deaths on the mountain mostly due to hypothermia. Three weather systems converge at Mt Washington making the weather very unpredictable. 80 degree weather can easily drop to 35 in under an hour and 100 mph wind is not uncommon.

The weather observatory at the top recorded the highest surface wind speed ever recorded (231 mph).

When I summited, the wind was calm and the rain abated, but it was very foggy.

Suppose to be amazing views like Katahdin, but I'm 0 for 2 on the big summit views. Hopefully the weather clears up when I hit the southern mountains.

Warning Sign

Cog railway train built in 1869 (feat of engineering) . Really caught me off-guard while I was hiking.

North-bounders summiting

Weather Observatory. Also a snack bar nearby.

Walking down

Stealth Camping

Jul 13, 2013

Sometimes you're too tired to reach a shelter or designated campsite, so you set up camp just off the trail.

I heard a rain storm was coming one afternoon, so I found a small flat spot (barely fit my tent) between two boulders.

I must admit I was a little paranoid that the flat spot was made by a bear.

Good Companion

Jul 13, 2013

Jindos are known to be good watchdogs, and I sleep like a baby when Nara's in the tent with me. When we sleep in shelters I also don't have to worry about chipmunks or mice trying to get into my food bag.

Nara is still very aloof with people she meets for the first time, but she's warming up to hikers that we've been hiking with for the past few days. It's a breakthrough when she lets another hiker pet her.

Getting cozy

First pair of Shoes

Jul 13, 2013

I had a brand new pair of La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 trail runners, but they completely fell apart after about 250 miles.

I had to duct tape them just to make sure I could make it to Gorham.

The shoes were very comfortable, quick-drying, and light, but being wet and caked in mud for weeks will ruin a pair of shoes.

Wet feet for a month. The holes in my shoes didn't help with the bad weather

In the Whites

Jul 10, 2013

Rainy and cloudy, but we're pushing through the Whites.

The Whites are suppose to have some of the most breathtaking views on the AT. One big difference between Maine trail and the Whites are the amount of day hikers and weekenders from all over New England. Hint: You don't have to hike to the summits.

Strong paws, strong climber

Getting dirty, but always seems to clean herself by the time we set up camp

Gorham, NH (pop 2,911)

Jul 10, 2013

Gorham is about 10 miles from the Maine border. It's a tourist town that mainly serves weekenders visiting the White Mountain National Forest aka the "Whites".

I got a ride into town from a nice Appalachian Mountain Club worker I met near a shelter in Maine. He was driving into Gorham and picked me and Nara up (in the rain).

Gorham was the first time I've seen a KFC, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, and McDonalds. Haha, yes, I was drooling as we passed these places.

We took our first zero day, which is basically a rest day (zero trail miles), ate a lot of town food, showered, washed clothes, and resupplied.

And then it was back to hiking in the rain.

Motel room feels like a resort. Bought 5 days worth of food at market 2 miles down the road.