Today, September 15, I completed my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail by climbing Mount Katahdin in Maine. I hit the Trail this morning at 8:00 and reached the summit at 12:00 noon. It was a climb of 4000 feet in elevation over very rocky terrain. The wind was blowing at times up to 50 mph with white out cloud conditions. I made the climb and got back down without injuring myself in spite of many opportunities to do so! I am now at the Appalachian Trail Lodge in Millinocket, Maine. I have now an opportunity to end my Appalachian Trail odyssey in a very special way. One of my very first students at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Elizabeth Page and her husband Dan Page have flown their Piper Archer airplane up to the Millinocket airport. Tomorrow, they will fly me home OVER the Appalachian Trail! If the weather is clear, I hope to take photographs of some of my favorite places on the Trail. How’s that for an appropriate ending to this amazing six month adventure?
When I get home to Durham, NC, I will send out another email to let you know how I survived the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine and made my way to the base of Mount Katahdin. Until then, thank you all for your kind thoughts of support over the duration of my hike.
Here is the photo of me on top of Mount Katahdin.
All my best,
Braid, AKA Joe Liles