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242/365 - Northbound

As I've mentioned a few times already during my 365, twenty years ago I spent half the year backpacking with my friends Peter and Tom on a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Today is the anniversary of the day we finished, at the northern terminus of the trail: Baxter Peak of Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine. By the time all was said and done, we had walked roughly 2,143 miles not counting side trips into towns, over 180 days (32 of were rest days where we didn't actually hike), and collectively lost over 120 pounds between the three of us. We also added a lot of hair (well, except for Tom, who decided he couldn't take his beard any more after Virginia.)

 

I wanted to do something with my shot for the day to commemorate it, and since driving to Baxter and heading up to the top of Katahdin again just wasn't feasible (maybe for the 25th anniversary; the kids will be old enough to hike up with me by then), I had to work with what I had on-hand. What I had on hand was the ATC map for Baxter, my copy of the 1992 version of The Thru-Hiker's Handbook by Dan "Wingfoot" Brown, and one of my compasses. Spent a little while trying to find a composition I liked, and this is it.

 

The orange line on the map coming in from the left and ending at Baxter Peak is the Appalachian Trail, and it just happens that what is visible in the frame is pretty much the exact route we hiked on August 29, 1992, from Katahdin Stream campground just off camera left to the summit, and back down again.

 

Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 18-200mm @ 95mm w/12mm macro tube (more to be able to get in close and still focus than for magnification), 1/250s @ f/22, ISO200. Single SB-700 camera left, 1/2 power, 85mm zoom, firing through a white umbrella.

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Taken on August 29, 2012