Day 132 – MAINE!

Carlo Col Shelter to Speck Pond Shelter & Campsite – 9.5 miles
1913.5 / 271.8

Maine is so beautiful!!! And very hard. It took 9 hours to go 9.5 miles today haha. But super pretty and worth it. I was kept up most of the night by a pretty severe snorer who left at 4 am. But I got up at 6 and got ready because it was going to be a long day. I was going through a section called the Mahoosuc Notch, which is very correctly called the hardest mile on the Appalachian Trail. It takes people between 1 hour and 15 minutes up to 5 hours to walk 1.2 miles. Insane terrain!

I left at 7:45 and I caught up to Uffda, a 33 year old thru hiker with a completely gray beard. He’s been asked a bunch if he’s retired haha. I hiked with him pretty much all day. The hike to the first shelter was 4.4 miles. It took us just under 3 hours for some reason. A couple steep climbs and descents, rocks everywhere, and a lot of opportunities to slip. I fell for the 18th and 19th time today! The views on top of Goose eyes and Carlo mountains were spectacular. Ridge walking with green hills and mountain views were absolutely stunning. And I had the feeling of isolation from being in Maine. I love it.

After the shelter it was 1.5 miles to the tough Mahoosuc notch. A 500 ft incline and 1000 ft down and an hour later and we reached it. Mary poppins and survivor man hiked with us. We took photos of each other in case that was the last time we’d be seen. And we began. It was fun at first, going over boulders with large holes in the ground made you very weary of where to step. A misstep meant falling at least 15 ft most of the time. The rocks were all slippery as it just started raining. We ran into a person coming at us asking when we started. He had apparently already been in there over 2 hours. He looked happy to see other people… This worried me. But we made it out alive, just a hair under 2 hours, covered in mud and both of us bleeding. Near the end We ran into a 70 and 71 yr old couple hiking it, holy crap! It took them 5 hours, but they made it too!

After dying in the notch we climbed up an elevator steep 1600 ft section called the Mahoosuc arm, pretty much almost as tough. We made it to camp at 5 pm, and I was beat.

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About shwayze23jbj
Live for the outdoors

4 Responses to Day 132 – MAINE!

  1. Van Nomads says:

    Congrats on making it to the last state!

  2. writer77 says:

    Reblogged this on Write in Front of Me and commented:
    Dealing with the famous “hardest mile” of the Appalachian Trail.

  3. dwayneparton says:

    Nice man! I really enjoyed the notch but it was definitely treacherous. Maine was a really fun state. Congrats 🙂

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