Red Beard and Chair have officially summited today! We don't have any details yet, but the weather looked pretty amazing and he took a few pictures. Thanks for coming along for the ride and supporting Red Beard on his journey! We will post some more updates on this site so keep checking back. Here's a few more pics.
Red Beard has been hiking in the middle of nowhere for quite a while. He has had no GPS, cell signal, wifi...anything. So for a while we didn't know exactly where he was. We knew he was somewhere in the 100 Mile Wilderness, but not sure where.
Today Red Beard posted this on his personal Facebook:
So it looks like Red Beard will be summiting tomorrow! One day before his 32nd birthday! We will definitely update you when we hear from him and I will try and put up a post here (I'm currently in Canada and have iffy wifi). Keep checking his Instagram for possible pictures that he will post. I'm going to post a picture down below of a picture that is hanging at the halfway point in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. This is picture of a hiker summiting Katahdin and I think it captures all the emotion of a journey of this length. Thanks for reading and keep checking back here!
Red Beard has entered the final state. By no means is this going to be easy though. Maine is very unforgiving and has a lot of elevation gains.
I'm going to paste the part of Wikipedia because it gives a lot of information about Maine:
"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (or ATC) believes the 281.4 miles (452.9 km) of the trail in Maine are particularly difficult.The western section includes a mile-long (1.6 km) stretch of boulders at Mahoosuc Notch, often called the trail's hardest mile. The central Maine section crosses the Kennebec River at a point where it is 200 feet (61 m) wide, the widest unbridged stream along the trail. The last and most isolated portion in the state (and arguably on the entire trail) is known as the "Hundred-Mile Wilderness". This section heads east-northeast from the town of Monson and ends outside Baxter State Park just south of Abol Bridge. Moremoose are seen by hikers in this state than any other on the trail. The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is on Katahdin's Baxter Peak in Baxter State Park.
Baxter State Park closes the summer rules overnight camping season from October 15 to May 15 each year. Park management strongly discourages thru-hiking within the park before May 31 or after October 15. The AMC maintains the AT from the New Hampshire border to Grafton Notch, with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club responsible for maintaining the remaining miles to Katahdin.
Beginning in the late 1980s, the NPS and ATC challenged the Saddleback Mountain resort in Maine over development of private land that the AT traversed. The dispute continued a decade later, and after a June 1996 meeting between the two sides, NPS and ATC relented from some of their previous positions and reduced their proposed land-acquisition corridor by 70 percent. Even so, they remained opposed to any ski trails crossing the Trail in the alpine area. Saddleback responded that further negotiations were unnecessary and the NPS began appraising if the area was feasible for development."
So as you can see...no walk in the park. It's one thing to just jump on to this trail and section hike it; it's another to have already hiked about 1,900 miles and THEN hike it.
Tonight Red Beard is staying in the Mahoosuc Range. He isn't at a shelter, he is just camping out. The Mahoosuc Range is a part of the White Mountains which he has been on for a while now.
We will be updating you as much as we can. He will be high up and in areas that definitely don't have any coverage I don't care what carrier you have! But we will do our best to update you as much as we can a long the way.
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Red Beard is getting super close to the end of New Hampshire. It looks like he's about 10-11 miles away from the border in to Maine. Tonight he is staying at the Northern Peaks Inn in Gorham, New Hampshire. You can check out their website...it looks like it was made in 1998 but it has everything you need to know about the place.
Red Beard has gone through some crazy mountains recently. You can check out his pictures on his Instagram account and I'll show a couple of them here.
When you start to get on these tall mountains you have to be super aware of the weather as it can be a detriment. Take a look at this sign on the top of Mount Washington.
"The worst weather in America." Wow, that's kind of crazy.
They say that when you get to Katahdin that when you get a chance to summit just take it; because if you don't than you may have to wait a few days or a week depending on the weather.
Now Red Beard has posted a few videos over the last few days so I'll post them here. Keep checking his Instagram to see if he posts any pictures and we will let you know when he crosses in to Maine. Check out these videos and thanks for reading!
- Team Red Beard
Red Beard and Chair are not quite at Ethan Pond Campsite, but that is the closest shelter/campsite of note. Ethan Pond is right at mile marker 1,837. They are about 2.26 miles away which puts them at mile marker 1,834.74. This means that the end is about 345 miles away. That may seem like a lot, but put in to perspective of how much he has traveled so far...it's not that far away. But it might possibly feel like the longest 345 miles they've ever hiked.
Take a look on the map down below at where he is staying tonight.
As far as the state of New Hampshire is concerned he has about 63 miles left before he hits the final state of Maine.
We don't have any pictures or videos so I will just end with the weather for where he is. Keep checking his Instagram and YouTube because he still posts to them when he gets a chance.
Thanks for reading tonight and here's the weather report!
- Team Red Beard
So Red Beard and Chair are staying at Greenleaf Hut tonight. Greenleaf Hut is at mile marker 1,818.6 which means that he has about 360 miles left on the trail.
You can see an image from Flickr here which shows the beautiful Greenleaf Hut which looks like it's on top of the Misty Mountains from Middle Earth. It also sounds like to have to do some work to stay here too. For a beautiful place like this I definitely wouldn't mind that. But, of course, I haven't walked 1,800 miles either, lol.
Red Beard and Chair did about 13 miles today which seemed like a challenging and long 13 miles as well. The end of the trail is certainly no joke. They end with a challenge instead of a breeze.
I'm going to post a few beautiful pictures that Red Beard's wife sent me last night. She's been sending me a lot of great info lately, so I thank her for that!
Check out these pictures from the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Thanks for reading tonight!
- Team Red Beard
Red Beard is camping on top of South Kinsman Shelter which is at about mile marker 1,800, give or take. New Hampshire has definitely been a struggle. It's quite mountainous and is a big change from the standard hiking that you usually do going through Virginia.
You can take a look at the latest two videos from Red Beard where he mentions a few times that he fell down and was saved by his hiking sticks. You can see in the picture what South Kinsman Mountain looks like.
He has about 380-ish miles left on the trail.
I'll leave you with the two videos he posted just yesterday. Thanks for reading!
- Team Red Beard
Red Beard has turned his GPS back on and we have his location. Where he has been in New Hampshire he hasn't had much service at all. New Hampshire has a lot of hills and is, in fact, the hilliest of all the states in the Appalachian Trail.
Red Beard isn't at a shelter tonight, but is staying near Jeffer's Brook Shelter which is at mile marker 1,787.5. He isn't quite there so he is probably around mile marker 1,780-ish. That would put him about 400 miles away from the end! New Hampshire has about 120 miles left until he gets to Maine which is the last state.
I don't have much more except another pick from his Instagram page. There probably won't be as many posts from now until the end because he won't have much service and turning his GPS device on isn't a huge priority at this point. He is definitely in the hiking zone right now! Just remember to keep up with his Instagram page HERE and his YouTube page HERE.
Thanks for reading and it's not much longer now!
- Team Red Beard
So it appears as if Red Beard has crossed in to another state: New Hampshire. His last Instagram pic shows that he is at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire as shown in the picture here from his Instagram page.
Now here is what Wikipedia has to say about the New Hampshire portion of he Appalachian Trail:
"New Hampshire has 160.9 miles (258.9 km) of the trail. The New Hampshire AT is nearly all within the White Mountain National Forest. The easier southern portion of the trail, from Hanover to Glencliff, passes over Velvet Rocks, Moose Mountain, Smarts Mountain, and Mount Cube. It then ascends Mount Moosilauke and enters the high peaks region of the White Mountains. For northbound thru-hikers, it is the beginning of the main challenges that go beyond enduring distance and time: in New Hampshire and Maine, rough or steep ground are more frequent, and alpine conditions are found near summits and along ridges.
In the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the trail runs completely above treeline from the summit of Mount Pierce to the north side of the cone of Mount Madison, a distance of about 12 miles (19 km). The AT passes over the summits of 16 of the 48four-thousand footers of New Hampshire: Moosilauke, South and North Kinsman, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South Twin, Jackson, Pierce, Washington (the highest point of the AT north of Tennessee), Madison, Wildcats D and A, Carter Dome, South and Middle Carter. It comes close to the summits of 8 other of the 48 four-thousand footers: Liberty, Galehead, Zealand, Eisenhower, Monroe,Jefferson, Adams, and Moriah. A series of comfortable huts are maintained along parts of the NH trail by the Appalachian Mountain Club. In New Hampshire, the Dartmouth Outing Club maintains the AT from the Vermont border to Mount Moosilauke, Randolph Mountain Club maintains 2.2 miles from Osgood Trail near Madison Hut to Edmands Col, with the AMC maintaining the remaining miles through the state. The trail passes through the town of Hanover and near the town of Gorham, which have grocery stores and are accessible by public transportation (Dartmouth Coach and Concord Coach Lines) from Boston. Concord Coach also has bus service to Lincoln (several miles off the AT) and AMC Pinkham Notch. During the summer season, AMC runs a shuttle service toCrawford Notch and Franconia Notch."
So it is the hilliest of all the states. It should definitely be a challenge, but that's what hiking is all about!
Now I am going to end with a video he recently added that we have not posted here on the blog yet. Stay connected to his Instagram page and his YouTube page for all updates that he does. Thanks for reading!
- Team Red Beard
The last check in that Red Beard's GPS shows is right where Greenwall Shelter is. It wasn't an official 'I'm staying here' check in, but it's the last signal that it sent out. So we will assume that's where he is.
The picture here is from Pinterest and shows what Greenwall Shelter looks like. So nothing special as you can see, but has a nice camping area up front with a nice picnic table.
Greenwall Shelter sits at mile marker 1,671.8 which means that the end is about 514.1 miles away.
New Hampshire is about 60-ish miles away. New Hampshire is also the hilliest state of the entire Appalachian Trail. The end of the AT is definitely no walk in the park.
We will let you know when he gets in to New Hampshire of course and don't forget to check his Instagram and YouTube pages. Thanks for reading tonight!
- Team Red Beard