UPDATE - 2/20/14 - The Old Logger’s Path is considered to be one of the most popular backpacking routes in Pennsylvania…. but it is buried under snow (as apparently much of PA is) so we're not going there!
PLAN B is in full effect. We're now heading to do the full length of the AT in Maryland. This does boost the overall mileage of the trip to ~41 miles for the weekend, but the AT miles are relatively mild.
We're sticking with the 8 a.m. meeting time tomorrow (Friday) at Grosvenor. We'll head up to Pen Mar and collect Ben, who will be leaving a big red van at the end point. We'll then head to Harper's Ferry and leave the remaining cars at the National Visitors Center parking lot. Friday, we're aiming for the Rocky Run shelter, about 15 miles for the day. (If we need to stop earlier, there's the Crampton Gap shelter at mile 10…. but that would make Saturday a longer day. Talk amongst yourselves.)
Saturday, we'll leave Rocky Run and keep heading north for about 16 miles to the Cowall Gap shelter, maybe taking a little break along the way to enjoy the views from Annapolis Rocks. Sunday, we'll wrap up the remaining nine miles to Pen Mar, pile in Ben's van, and find food somewhere along the route. (Also, since Ben is bringing his van to help facilitate the shuttle, please plan to bring some extra gas money to contribute to the cause. Thanks.)
Maps! If you have the PATC Maps 5 and 6 (that's one map), you're set. If not, then try printing the map from this page.
Weather-wise, we're looking at slightly warmer temperatures, with highs in the 50s during the day but still dipping down to the 20s at night. There is a chance of rain on Friday. Bring your layers. Also, reports from the parks along the way say that there is still some snow on the trail, but it is melting quickly.
These temps can be quite dangerous to hike in, please take necessary precautions to stay dry, and warm. Precipitation when in the 30's, 40's, and even 50's is and ugly combo. Sub freezing would be safer! Anyone with limited backpacking experience in this season please reach out to me or Jen.
For the dates we will be there the sun will be up by 7am and setting around 5:50pm. On Sunday, we're planning on us breaking camp no later than 7:30 (earlier is fine by me). We should be able to make it back to cars by noon.
Questions? Concerns? General musings about life? Post below. Otherwise, we'll see you tomorrow.