Sgt. Rock says there’s only one plausible reason for duct tape on the ceiling:
It snowed all night best as I could tell. It also turned out the shelter roof leaks. I woke up at about 0330 to a bag soaked through from a drip on the ceiling. It leaked in a few spots which left stalagmites of ice on the floor but the one over me just soaked through my down bag. Now I understand why there was duct tape on the inside of the shelter on the ceiling as some previous hiker must have tried to stop a leak on himself as well.
Sarge was over 500 miles up the trail at Damascus, Va, on the 27th of February, so he’s making excellent progress. A few hardy through-hikers start out in the winter every year to experience hiking in the snow and having the trail to themselves, and to get as far north as possible before the summer heat hits. Little close to the edge for my taste, but I’m not exactly a Medal of Honor winner in the courage department.
(Yes, it looks like I’m well on my way to falling off the wagon and getting re-addicted to Trail Journals. Only takes one cigarette to get somebody smoking again, same concept.)
Do it. I love the trail journals, even though so few of them make time to fly fish. It’s not a fatal character defect, but it is odd…
— The “Real” Other Tom
I hiked the trail and earned my badges (Boy Scouts) many years ago and it was truely a once in a lifetime experience. My journal still pops up around the house once in a while to give me another view of that experience. My old wooden hiking stick, with the earned badges on, still lingers in the corner of my bedroom to be brought out and cleaned, admird and shown off sometimes. Unless you’ve hiked it; you have no idea exactly what a life altering experience it really is. If you have … then welcome to the brother or sisterhood of the Appalachian Trail. God surely has shown me the beauty and awesomeness of nature on that hike. The people you meet and the passerbys were always a welcome site. There are more people on the trail than you could possibly realize. The only suggestion I have for those hikers now a days is to be very cautious of the snakes, rocks, water crossings, misleading trail signs and some of those crazies out there now. Don’t go it alone. Take a friend. Remember the cell phones don’t always have service out there. Above all DON’T FORGET THE FIRST AID KIT and dry socks! Happy Hiking