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Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Blog Plan for the Arrowhead Hike

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I wanted to post this the day that I leave, but I need to get the link to this post for the subsequent scheduled posts, so I will need to do it now, making a double post for today.

I'm so tickled that many of you, my blogging friends, want to "come along" on this hike with us. So I have scheduled a post for each day that I'm gone. There is only one place along the way where I may be able to do a live post, otherwise this will all be things I know in advance. However, I have previously scouted this area in a car, and in 2003 took a Volunteer Vacation on the Kek to see what it was like. With that information and pictures, I've created something to show you each day. Here is our itinerary, just for the hiking days. There is a fair amount of travel time and two days to get a car spotted at the west end and our supply boxes placed.

DateStartEndHiking miles
May 9
Judge Magney State ParkHazel Campsite8.8
May 10
Hazel CampsiteWoodland Caribou Campsite9.3
May 11
Woodland Caribou CampsiteSwamp River9.1
May 12
Swamp RiverPigeon River7.8
May 13
Pigeon RiverPine Lake12.5
May 14
Pine LakePine Lake (day off)0.0
May 15
Pine LakeClearwater8.2
May 16
ClearwaterRose Cliffs9.8
May 17
Rose CliffsTopper Lake10.6
May 18
Topper LakeGunflint Lodge9.1
May 19
Gunflint LodgeGunflint Lodge (day off)0.0
May 20
Gunflint LodgeBingschick Lake10.1
May 21
Bingschick LakeAgamok8.5
May 22
AgamokStrup Lake8.5
May 23
Strup LakeDrumstick Lake9.0
May 24
Drumstick LakeFernberg Road8.5

Don't the words themselves just send a thrill through your bones? Clearwater? Rose Cliffs? Agamok? I've been planning this hike since 2004, and now, in just a few days it's going to happen!

There are four of us going. Marie and I, longtime hiking buddies, and two other veteran hikers, Ed and Lyle. This gives us a nice safety margin in case of trouble. There is currently a thru-hiker on the NCT, and he just came from the west. He found the snow still so deep that the trail was impassible, and he bailed out, to come back later. We are hopeful that the 10-day time lag between his attempt and ours will clear the snow. But you can read about his experiences at Nimblewill's Journal, scroll down to April 22.

This is a wild and dangerous area for hikers, and we are not taking this expedition lightly! Today I am also thinking more about this issue since the man who is currently missing on the Appalachian Trail Ken Knight is one step away from a personal acquaintance. I have emailed him, and I do know some of the people who have gone to help search for him. Even experienced hikers make mistakes. We are going to try NOT to make any serious ones.

So each day's scheduled post will link back to here in order for anyone who stumbles into the middle to be able to get oriented, if they so desire.

See Arrowhead 2009 Hike Route


Solomon said...

Good luck with the hike! :)

rainfield61 said...

So this is the final countdown, May 9, here you come!!!

Good luck and come back with thrilling stories.

Joe Todd said...

What an adventure. Liked the link to google maps showing itinarary.Checked out the other links also and enjoyed.. Be safe and I wish you the very best

Joe Todd from sunny (today) Ohio

Will be saying a prayer for Ken

Ratty said...

Like everyone else says, Good Luck and have fun! It's going to be fun tp be able to kind of follow along with your scheduled posts.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Thanks, Solomon! It should be quite an adventure.

Rainfield- Yes, the final countdown... I'm pretty much in panic mode here.

Joe- Glad you enjoyed the supplemental reading. Ken has been found alive! See updates at Get Off the Couch and North Country Trail News. Quite a relief!

Ratty- I really hope that the short posts will be of interest to those who wish to follow along. Thanks for your interest.

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