Sun, Dec 12 2004 - Difficult Day Hike on AT (Gathland
State Park) (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Jeff Schneider, Paul Shaklan, Laura Paszkiewicz, Jessica Bowles-Martinez, Carol Middleton, Carrie Graff, Ronit Fix, Chris Whalen, Emilio Ungerfeld, David Raines, Herb Volker, Roy Cutler, Matt Toerper, Colin Babb, Douglas Smith|
After starting the car for the trip home, it was hard to believe that the clock said it was only 5:30 p.m. On this 'day hike' we watched the sun rise, hiked nearly 13 miles, climbed in and out of two gaps, ate breakfast, lunch & dinner, and saw the sun go down. A very long, and fun event.
At 7 a.m. most of us stumbled into the carpool parking lot. The sun was still climbing up the sky, but there was much excitement with many participants on their first MOC event. Also, there were plenty of fresh bagels to go around as well.
Gathland State Park is an excellent place to start a hike -- there's a huge and well-stocked Safeway on the way, a very big parking lot that is difficult to miss, and much history and space. Promptly at 8:35 a.m. we did group introductions and started our ascent out of Crampton Gap. Chris and Doug were running a little late, but cellphones provided a way to give them proper directions.
A few layers were removed, noses began running, and before we knew it we were at the false overlook. We took a short break here and then a longer one at the real overlook (White Rocks). It was downhill to lunch at The Reno Monument, which is located at Fox's Gap.
The Reno Monument is enclosed, so it was a decent way to escape the wind-chill. We quickly ate our lunch, and some participants even used their portable stoves to get some hot stuff. It was too cold to sit around and let our food properly digest, so we just took off out of Fox's Gap. It's a tough, kind of straight-up climb out of the Gap, but we all did okay. After another short break at the White Rocks overlook, we descended back to Crampton Gap and our cars.
China Gardens wasn't too far away, but some of us took the scenic way to get there. The service at this restaurant was very efficient -- each side of the table had their own server. Also, they gave us free shrimp (again). Hot Chinese food makes for a good post-hike meal.
Thanks to everyone for coming out (and to Laura for the photos). I hope you had a good time!
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