Our daily mile plan is as follows:
Day 1 - 20.9
Day 2 - 15.3
Day 3 - 23.9
Day 4 - 21.4
Day 5 - 14.3
|Map of out hike from Front Royal to Waynesboro|
On the map above you can see the locations of the shelters. We are planning to stay at every other shelter along the way. The shelters are a great place to meet other hikers, get water, build a fire and take cover from nasty weather. Most of the through-hikers stay in the shelter but we like to set up camp just outside of them for a bit more solitude. In the picture below, posted by FlyPaper on the whiteblaze.net forum, shows the 3 sided shack, picnic table and fire pit. Standard fair for the shelters on the trail.
|Rock Springs Hut. Photo by FlyPaper|
Our pack weights should be just under 30lbs so we're hoping for easy going. The temps are fore casted to be highs of 70, lows of 40 and thunderstorms at least 2 of the days. Staying dry should be much easier this trip as we have forgone traditional tents and now will be hanging comfortably above the ground in new hammock tents with over sized rain flys extending out 6 feet on either side. One of the major benefits of a rain fly that is 12X10 is that there is now ample shelter to stay under and cook, pack, etc in case of rainy conditions.
|That is my DIY Hex Tarp 12X10|
Well here's to hoping for good weather, plenty of fresh water, and some good memories!