Rausch Gap Shelter
Day: 1-2010
Daily Mileage: 11.3
Mileage: 1166.9




Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1164.3Pa. 325, Clark's Valley, Clark Creek (550') 550
1164.4Water Tank Trail (570') 570
1164.7Spring (620') 620
1164.8Henry Knauber Trail (680') 680
1167.6Stony Mountain; Horse-Shoe Trail (1,650') 1650
1170.8Yellow Springs Trail (1,380') 1380
1171Yellow Springs Village Site (1,450')?trail register 1450
1173.1Sand Spring Trail (1,380')?The General excavator 1380
1173.3Cold Spring Trail (1,400') 1400
1175.6Rausch Gap Shelter (980') ?18.3mS; 13.7mN 980

06/13/10 6:25 pm

Finally on the trail. Got dropped off at PA 325 by Greg and Angel just when it started to rain. Luckily it didn't last long. The first uphill was, as expected, hard, but I took plenty of breaks.

Hike was long, but good. Only took two spills on the PA rocks and no damage except for my pride.

Saw a black rat snake and heard a deer, but didn't see it.

No overlooks today...BOOO HOOO!

Been here for and hour or too, washed, drank and ate. Small shelter but nice. The evening shower is just finished and sitting here with two section hikers and two tru-hikers.

8:37pm

Thru hiker in shelter is named FOG which was given to him at Philmont. It means fat Old Guy.

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About to Cross 443
Day: 2-2010
06/14/10 9:51 am

Trail magic is wonderful..thanks Engineman and Eddy Turn! Free cold drinks! Decided to take a boots off break and upload this.

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Break
Day: 2-2010
06/14/10 12:00 pm
My Location: N 40°28'57.41", W 76°31'19.53"
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Hill up from 81 kicking my butt. Stopped at a campsite near the top (I hope it is near the top) for a break. Shows how out of shape I am. Feet starting to hurt, but then again so is the rest of me.

As for the good news it is sunny with a nice breeze!

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Camp
Day: 2-2010
Mileage: ~11.4


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1176.1Rausch Creek (920')?stone arch bridge 920
1176.2Raush Gap Village (920')..sign 920
1176.5Haystack Creek (840')?wooden bridge 840
1177.7Second Mountain (1,350') 1350
1179.7Greenpoint School Road then 150 ft. to Pa. 443 (570') 570
1180.3Pa. 443 (550')?underpassGreen Point, Pa. 550
1181.7Pa. 72, Swatara Gap (480') Lickdale, Pa. 480
1181.8Swatara Creek, Waterville Iron Bridge, Swatara Rail Trail (460') 460
1182.1I-81 (450')?underpass 450

06/14/10 3:15 pm
My Location: N 40°29'46.35", W 76°27'56.49"
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I'm done for the day, I just cant hike any more. I am extremely tired, and starting to tumble, and I just had to cross my first bolder field. Enough is enough....I have some water and a campsite, that will do for tonight.

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William Penn Shelter
Day: 3-2010
Daily Mileage: ~3.0
Milage: 1180.3


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1189Blue Mountain Spring (1,300') William Penn Shelter?13.7mS; 4.2mN 1300

06/15/10 10:15 am

Caught up on sleep last night. Dozed off a number of times after dinner till sunset. Slept all night too. Great weather for sleeping. Woke up early (5:00am) and started hiking after breakfast and the last of my water. Hiked a hundred yards or so and discovered I was at the "abandoned powerline". Hike here was ok, but still thinking I need to stay here for the day to let my body catch up to my brain (brain saying hike hike hike, body saying STOP....body wins or else).

Got to add that I have NEVER seen so much poison ivy as I did yesterday! It was so bad I was afraid to put down my pack, or even stop to rest. Glad I brought the gaiters....I do like them and they saved me from the poison ivy!

Other equipment note: I do like the tent I got as well...bug free sleep.

Got interrupted by two thru hikers. Yep things have changed, they whipped out a cell phone and ordered a pizza to be delivered to 501 shelter around the time they get there.

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501 Shelter
Day: 4-2010
Daily Mileage: 4.1
Mileage: 1184.3


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1189Blue Mountain Spring (1,300') William Penn Shelter?13.7mS; 4.2mN 1300
1191.2Pa. 645 (1,250') 1250
1193Kimmel Lookout (1,330') 1330
1193.1Pa. 501 (1,460') 501 Shelter?4.2mS; 15.5mN Bethel, Pa. 19507 Pine Grove, Pa. 17963 1460

06/16/10 11:51 am

Easy hiking here, even an overlook or two. Got here, took a shower (even a cold one feels great) and now just relaxing. Figure I will do lunch here and hike a few more miles, but skies have been grey all morning so if it rains, that might change.

Last night I got a little cold (more due to the wind than anything else) and VERY STIFF. Took forever to loosen up, but other than that just a few aches and pains. I think the 3 mile day yesterday was a good idea. Feel a little stronger today but still have a way to go before doing significant miles, but meeting a lot of interesting thru hikers.

Last note: One mentioned "The Appalachian Papers" a new type of thru hiker's handbook he says is the best ever - he should know this is his 3rd thru-hike (I think he said he did one in the 70's and the other in the 80's).

06/16/10 5:27pm

Never got away from 501 shelter, was told by Shorts "to listen to my inner voice" right when I was literally just outside the door and just turned back around and dropped my pack. Trail magic soon followed with the most awesome s'more muffins, cookies and much more.

So far no rain, but still looks like it will any second. Stomach feeling a little weird, not sure it I am hungry or not, it's just my body adjusting trail life...I hope.

Still no sign of poison ivy....and I hope that continues. Feet doing ok, but the low mileage is helping that.

In the shelter with 7 thru hikers, a section hiker, and the wife of one thru hiker (who brought the food).

06/16/10 8:18pm

A bunch more joined us at the shelter. One guy told this really weird story about this ape, porcupine, human hybrid that "he knew it was friendly because it waved". All sorts of jokes were triggered by that story. Great group and lots of fun, but most of them hope to get to Port Clinton tomarrow and I am shooting for two days...Boy I am glad I stayed!

....OMG he's telling the story again with more detail. "It looks like all the creatures of the forest had an orgy". You just had to be there!

....OMG again! Now he is describing it and another hiker is trying to draw it in their journal. I hope to get a photo of this and post it.

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Hertlein campsite
Day: 5-2010
Daily Mileage: 5.4 so far today
Mileage: 1189.9