Monday, March 12, 2012
Over the past few months I have been writing a book based on the journal entries and blog posts. I currently am in the midst of proofreading and polishing the book which is literally a day by day account of the hike; a memoir of sorts. The title is "184 days of Shutter". I'll be starting another blog dedicated to the book and all things Appalachian Trail in the coming month.
I have also been writing an app for the Android operating system that deals with delivering accurate forecasts based on which mile and or shelter the user is at on the trail. The software is engineered to use as little data transmission as possible due to the low signal strength found throughout the A.T.
I'll be publishing my app in a beta stage shortly for the new crop of hikers to enjoy as they march on north.
Comment on this post if you're interested in staying up to date with both developments.
Like I said before, I'm not sure if there is even traffic here yet that isn't part of Google or Yahoo's internet crawlers.
Below is a picture. It's currently in a BETA stage but should be just fine for those starting out right now.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
I summited Katahdin this morning at 9:30am. Daydreamer, Moondoggie, Glide, Doc and Do What? summited with me as well. We're all down off the mountain and celebrating "responsibly" tonight.
The 100 mile wilderness was painful at best. The first 3 days was nothing but torrential downpours. Normally this would only piss us off, but in Maine there are no bridges, all the river fords were flooded to dangerous levels. One ford was so dangerous that there was no safe way to cross so we ended up doing an 11 mile detour around only to come back to the trail 1/5th of a mile from the other side, ugh. I'll update more extensively when I have time.
Thanks for all the support out there
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I'm in Monson Maine right now at mile 2066 with 115 left. We will head out tomorrow for the "100 mile wilderness". It's not as bad as it sounds and there are chances to get out if we need it. What has been troubling us is the bad weather that has hit the east coast, first Irene kept us in Stratton and made all the river fords more difficult. There are some hikers that were stuck at river crossings for a day or so before the river went back to acceptable levels to cross. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but in Maine there are no bridges for the trail, we have to take off our shoes and ford the rivers. Sometimes we can rock hop without getting wet, but other times we are up to our waist walking through some swift water, good times. Our weather outlook isn't too good but we're going to go and see how far we can get. I'll be carrying 7 days of food, up from my normal 4 days to make sure we have enough if the storm limits our daily distance. The "trail" in Maine is difficult, the first 100 miles were extremely difficult and sometimes dangerous. The trail since then has been basically flat, but the trail is just a huge mud bog forcing us to hop from root to root and rock to rock to avoid knee keep mud. Miles and miles and miles of hopping on your tippy toes can get tiresome, but we're so close we'll get it done.
We got a shock today while watching the news when we heard of a hiker 88 miles from Katahdin whom broke his leg and needed to be rescued by helicopter. I'm not going to say his name since his trail journal has been pulled and obviously doesn't want a google search picking up his incident. I can't imagine how heartbreaking that would be to have the hike ended like that this close to the end. We were all shocked and saddened when we heard the news. It's a reality check to remind us that we can get injured at any point, I can't even count how many times I've slipped, slid down rocks, or came extremely close to a major fall. The only thing to do is laugh at the good fortune and keep on hiking. Our hiking group is hiking closer together during the day after hearing these reports and we will always wait every few miles for everyone to catch up. This is necessary due to the remoteness of the trail we're walking through. We may go several days of hiking before we cross a road or anything that would give us a clue about where civilization is near, so we hike closer and keep tabs on each other.
I need to go to sleep now, we're leaving early as usual for the last stretch to Katahdin. I'm hoping for good weather and strong footing, wet rocks and roots are not my friend.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
<p>Sorry about the lack of updates this week, service out here is rate at best. We heard about the hurricane from other hikers so we hauled ass to Stratton, Maine a day early. The terrain was supposed to be the worst in southern Maine, psh, it wasn't that bad. We are in Stratton now, and will stay here as long as we need to before heading out for the last 187 miles we have left. Our hopes are that the trail doesn't get too flooded, hut we will see. Glad ee ate through the White Mountains, I heard the Appalachian Mountain Club (ANC) evacuated all their huts and caretakers. That sucks for the hikers thY haven't hit that trail yet.
I'll update more later.
Thanks for everyone's concern, but once the power goes out, us hikers will be right at home.