Day 121

I barely slept last night. Mostly due to the heat and stagnant thick humidity. A lot of my gear was damp by morning. A runner and his small support crew, trying to set a speed record woke me and two other hikers up around midnight. One of the guys came over and apologized. There was only one place to stay in town. Hikers just go to bed around 8 p.m.

Got hiking this morning in the thick air. As I climbed higher the humidity dropped a little and there was a slight breeze.

I spent most of the morning climbing to the summit of Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts. It was a big climb, nothing too hard though.

Up at the summit is a giant monument to the States veterans. At night the top lights up like a lighthouse and it can be seen for over 70 miles.

Grabbed a burger with a handful of other hikers at the snack shop at the summit. It was going to be around 100 degrees today too. Between that and yesterday it was a lot of heat.

On the way down the summit, there were a lot of volunteer trail maintenance workers out taking care of the trail. I thanked them for their efforts and they thanked me for hiking. So much love.

Hiked about 15 miles or do. 6 miles or so north of Mt. Greylock.

7 thoughts on “Day 121

  1. The heat is sounding more difficult than the cold was early on.

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    1. Heat and cold both present different challenges that one has to work with, that’s for sure.

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  2. Looks like hot for a spell,Your position now, You can do short days and not leave yourself scrambling, You have put yourself in great position,….Great shot of the trail crew seeing what a through hiker looks like, I was going to say quit scaring the kids! But you’ve heard that before ,And you still try scare em, Stay Strong!

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    1. I worked hard to get this far. The trail has some hard stuff ahead yet though, so still a long way to go. It is always good advice to not scare the kids, but I scare adults too. Ha

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  3. Hot sucks way more than cold when hiking. What’s your ETA to Mount Katahdin? Seems like you are moving at a good pace 😉

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    1. Hot weather is hard for me. I am not putting an ETA on the end. Just focusing on each day and enjoying it for what it is. How are you doing?

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  4. Michael Hohmann July 3, 2018 — 2:28 pm

    Hi J. -Glad to see you’ve been following my blog -www.backcountryjournal.net

    I’ve been enjoying following your AT journey. Keep up the good work, you’re doing a great job! Mike KE0GZT ~~~~~

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