And we finished the Appalachian Trail

We started this section with a four mile night hike from Cornwall Bridge to a shelter. We started at 11:43 pm.

Then we made it to ten mile shelter.

That was about twenty miles in about twenty hours.

Then we did the broken bridges to Telephone Pioneers Shelter.

Started with 77 miles left. 789.0 completes the trail.

Then we got to the famous RPH shelter and had pizza.

More hiking.

Then we did a Nero and laundry at Cold Springs/Beacon, New York.

Then we crossed the bridge and raced the sunset up the mountain.

Sunset on Bear Mountain
Posing at the finish

So many stairs. 20+ miles in the day. 425+ flights of stairs climbed. A lot of vertical.

Trail on the way to Bear Mountain

But we finally finished the trail.

Making a new tarp, step by step.

I start with a window film kit. 7’x9.3’. 1.5 mil thick (instead of the .7 mil lighter weight).

This type even has one edge pre-taped.

Double sided tape and nylon washers.

Place the washer on the double sided tape and then fold over. Repeat for each edge.

Then tape the corner down with a fold of transparent gorilla tape to reinforce it.

Then you have four corners.

Then make a hole. Use a hot metal skewer or a drill.

Then you have a tarp. This one is pretty large.

Ready to fold up and store in a zip lock bag.

About eight ounces. Smaller tarp or less tape would weigh less.

Usually I deal with a 5’x7’ tarp or 35 square feet. 7’x9’ is around 63 square feet—so twice as large .