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Day 3: Hurd Brook Lean-to to Rainbow Stream Lean-to

Appalachian Trail
June 15, 2013
Mileage11.5 (30.1) mi
Elevation gain2011 ft
Elevation loss1698 ft

I woke up last night covered in sweat. I was bundled up in my sleeping bag and its liner, so I was really toasty. I grabbed the bear bags off the line and ate a breakfast of oatmeal with protein powder as the Sobros woke up. We headed out by 8:30, with a fairly gentle 1000-foot climb ahead of us. I felt good and the climb was over before I knew it.

Later, we caught up with the others from the shelter last night and we all stopped for lunch. Flip had found an old rusty machete and was carrying it around making sinister faces. I headed on with the Sobros again and we made it to Rainbow Stream in a couple hours, getting in at 2, with the others close behind. There was a bog bridge to cross the stream that I liked. After that, we washed off in the water and enjoyed the sunshine. I chatted with Mulligan and Wes about mileage plans for the rest of the hundred-mile wilderness. I'm about to make some dinner then get to bed early. Feeling good today!

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