Date: 01 Jul 2017 0724PM
Location: Corliss Camp
Today's Miles: 14.9
Total Miles: 224.9
Woke up with the sun this morning, was out of the shelter and on the trail around 0600. Reminds me of back on the AT when I used to get up that early and was able to get some good miles in with all that extra time hiking.
Unfortunately my body isn't *quite* up to that yet, as by four o'clock this evening I was pretty exhausted, although it was incredibly wet all day, my feet swimming in water in my boots and the rest of my skin being moist.
Missed out on some good views today, some of the best on the whole trail I hear. The entire day was a bit of a grind - some days are just like that out here. Would have been a good day to take a day off and recharge, but it'll be good to be home a day earlier.
Managed to break one of my trekking poles early in today's hike. Last year the Black Diamond poles I had lasted over 1900 miles before failing. This year I "upgraded" to a set of Leki poles and experienced a failure in under 200 miles.
Got to a cabin and set up for the night. Been alone for the past few hours but as I write this I hear some hikers coming in - looks like I'll have company.
Town tomorrow. Looking forward to some hot food and a shower.
On a separate note, the trail from the northern terminus to approximately Eden's Crossig at VT 118 has been a disaster. Rugged terrain is one thing, but poor trail maintenance is another all together and leaves the trail in a haggard, unsafe, and disregarded condition.
Mud, roots, rocks, and logs are one thing, I do not expect a flat, smooth, gravel covered surface to hike on and "natural debris" is expected. But when blowdowns exist that are too large (and obviously many, many months-years old) to climb over/under and hikers have blazed multiple trails around them, overgrown bushes/trees/plants are so thick you can't see the trail, and enough time has passed that trees with blazes are knocked over (without fresh blazes being put up) it makes for poor conditions at best, hazardous at worst.
I get it, trail maintenance is about preservation, not perceived comfort of the hiker. It becomes a problem when hikers are forced to blaze trails around untenable trail conditions or poorly chosen routes.
Trail maintenance is tough, and getting volunteers out there is even tougher, but I've heard too many people to count while out on the Long Trail (both locals and tourists alike) complaining about how they don't see the benefit of donating to a trail club or paying to stay at shelters/campsites/cabins when the trail is in literal shambles in some areas.