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Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to the values as yet uncaptured by language." 🌿
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And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. Feat. Dust in the wind. #johnmuir #capechignecto #novascotia #maritimes #eastcoast #alexinthewoods #happyplace #tbt

"And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once, to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing blind, deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head..." I saw the sign when I was least expecting it. I knew the end of the Wilderness was close: I had phone service and had already arranged my pickup at Abol Bridge. I was almost running during the last two of the 15.9 miles left, but, when I saw the sign, I froze. I couldn't believe it. I had made it. One week, 100 miles. I shed a few tears, snap this last picture of the Wilderness, and head to the Abol Bridge Camp store. I bought potato chips and chips ahoy. My first thought when I walked in: "A place where you can get ready-to-eat food without having to carry it or cook it? Such an amazing thing about civilization."
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Those 20.6 miles from Jo-Mary lake to the Rainbow Stream shelter were my longest day in the Wilderness. I'm still not sure how I made it: I walked the last two miles thinking I'd pass out in a few steps. And, suddenly, there was the shelter. Since then, I've been feeling like impossible is nothing.
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18.6 miles on your legs happen when you've been a little lazy and you have to catch up with the trail. I was supposed to get to the shelter, but Jo-Mary Lake was so nice and inviting that I just stealth camped near the sandy beach. Unfortunately, it was in the mid 40s and windy, or it would have been the perfect spot for swimming. Still, it was the best night sleep I've had in the Wilderness.
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It was probably around 45F when I stepped on the rocky top of White Cap Mountain. It's the highest peak of the Wilderness and it comes after three other peaks: Gulf Hagas Mt, West Peak and Hay Mountain, that I tackled after sleeping at the Carl Newhall shelter. At the campsite after Gulf Hagas, there was a guy wrapping up and heading south and, at that point, the sun was still shining. "That mountain is gonna kick asses, but the view on top is so worth it"! Yup, besides when it's in the middle of endless clouds, windy and 45F.
Just about 10 miles, but elevation changes are no joke.
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"Strength grows in the moment when you think you can't go on, but keep going anyway." Whoever tells you that the 100 mile Wilderness is easy, before making your own judgment, look here. This is your regular uphill trail! Ok, not all of it, but there's a lot of random, unpleasant non flat rocks to climb up on with your big backpack. And, when you think you're safe because it's flat, there comes the jungle with rocks and roots and mud. Your feet aren't gonna be happy about it. But it's totally worth it.
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"Are we done with leg day yet?"
That's what one of my fellow hikers told me while climbing up one of the many mountains of the Wilderness. After Barren Mt, with a +2,000ft over 3 miles, a series of ups and downs starts, with steep elevation changes, more 'technical' parts of the trail and amazing views. Which means it takes forever to hike 8 miles.
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And so it begun. Day 1 in the 100 mile Wilderness started late, with reading the infamous sign at the beginning of the hike. You barely know what to expect and you just have to take a deep breath, give up a bit of control, and start hiking.
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Day #2 in the 100 Mile Wilderness, about 9 miles hiked. Waterfalls and lakes are the perfect frame to distract your body from pain - no trail legs, no game. And day 2 was particularly tough: not many elevation changes, but a lot of leg work. The terrain looks like a damn jungle due to the infinite amount of roots. .
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After climbing up on Barren Mountain and sleeping on the shore of Cloud Pond, where I made friends with a few frogs, on day #3 the Wilderness tests you with continuous ups and downs: 7 miles only, but with many feet of elevation change and four mountains to climb. And don't think the flat traits keep you safe: the terrain shakes you between rocks and roots and streams to be crossed.
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Findings in the north. ☠️ #explorenb #mooseskull #northernnb #alexinthewoods

AlexInTheWoods finally gets to go back into... the woods! Back in the field tomorrow! 🌲 #happycamper #explorenb #tothenorth #alexinthewoods

Alex In The Woods. My happy place. Can I stay here forever? 🌲
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After a solid week of being in the woods every day (including the weekend) we are back in the classroom #mixedemotions #alexinthewoods

Got myself a new friend here. #alexinthewoods

Treading further. #alexinthewoods

Some srooms. #alexinthewoods

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