Friday, August 1, 2008

281 Miles of Appalachian Trail With Karl Meltzer

AT through Maine - 281 Miles
"The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is Katahdin, 5,267 ft. high, in Baxter State Park in central Maine. The Trail continues southwest to Monson, eventually crossing the Kennebec River, at about the Maine halfway point. Many mountains later, and after passing through the famed Mahoosuc and Grafton notches, the Trail enters New Hampshire."

"Most of the Appalachian Trail in Maine is not recommended for novice hikers; Maine's 281 miles are generally considered the most difficult of all fourteen states. Even the strongest hikers may average only one mile an hour in some parts. Other parts require grabbing onto tree roots and limbs to climb or descend, and are especially slippery and hazardous in wet weather." (link)

i'm in new hampshire now. i ran the teton circ twice in three days, went to sleep got up at 6am and traveled for over 36hrs until i came to a stop in freedom, nh at my mother's house. my ankles and lower legs were swollen beyond belief. lots of naps but no real sleep during the basically two days of travel has me feeling pretty gross.

new hampshire is a nice, quite, peaceful place. i love coming back here.

today i'm going to kayak, swim a bit and hang out at the beach on ossipee lake with my mom, sister and two nephews. recovery with small bits of multimuscle workouts is in order for the next few days. i meet karl on sunday aug 3rd in manchester new hampshire. we'll pack the rv and then head up to maine the following day. we start his appalachian assault on august 5th at the top of mount katahdin. i can not wait to get running - this, my friends is going to be an epic adventure.

"live free or die"


HappyTrails said...


Good luck to you and Karl. Have a blast and hopefully we'll see some pics along the way! That's awesome seeing Uncle Matt teaching the Warrior pose!!!


Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Hi Matt

what a great photo!!!
teaching yoga to all the kids. I am sure your family was thrilled to have you home. Have a wonderful run time with Karl!
The Batchens
still sunny and hot in the Tetons!:)

Lorna said...

This is so awesome. I'm going to be keeping a close eye on Karl's progress and hope to be able to cheer him across the finish in Georgia.

garobbins said...

Good luck dude, enjoy the journey!

Joe said...

Nice job getting Karl through Maine on his appalachian assault!!!
I followed your progress every day...some great videos and pictures too btw...
jersey joe

Hart said...

thanks guys! mission accomplished! i got him through the toughest 300+ miles of the AT. it was an amazing experience, hard to even put into words really.. but i'll try and post a blog soon.

flying back west now. my legs are grotesquely swollen, but i'm in pretty good shape all things considered. it's interesting the looks i get when fellow travelers notice my ankles.

Michael Valliant said...

Matt - congratulations to you and Karl! Awesome stuff. I think you've got quite a lot of people following daily--and your photos and video were an awesome addition to bring us into the adventure.

Curious on the gear front - did you stick with the Nathan HPL #20 or move up to something bigger?

Way to go - look forward to continuing to follow Karl and to see what you bust out next! --Mike V.

Hart said...

hey michael.. thanks for the congrats! it was amazing. i'm trying to process and post some things now on it. kinda seems like a blur or a dream at this point however.

anyway karl ran exclusively with a bladder full of nuun in his nathan proton 2.0. i ran exclusively with the HPL #020 but on days where we would run 30+ miles with no support i would take a nathan quickdraw handheld with a nuun bottle. this allowed me to quickly scoop water and treat it with iodine. after the required 30mins i would then hit it with nuun which covered the taste.. worked like a charm. karl calls himself a camel, and in our time together never had to treat water. he always seemed to make due with what he had.