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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at

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Posted: July 22, 2015

Six-Moon Journey: Ridge walking on Peters Mountain

Written by: Carey Kish

Carey Kish is thru-hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He is currently in Pennsylvania. Entries from Carey’s trail journal are presented here. You can also follow his journey on Facebook.

June 29, 2015: Peters Mountain Shelter to Rausch Gap Shelter, 18.0 miles, 8:30am to 5pm.

Easy day all things considered. Slept a solid 11 1/2 hours last night. Loved it. Cool for a change, probably got into the high 50s.

Out the door with no breakfast, just wanted to get going. Excellent ridge walking all morning on Peters Mountain. Not much to see but woods, so it was good to make some time.

Snacked at Clarks Creek at PA352 and talked to some fisherman taking brown trout. Then it was 1200 feet up Stony Mountain, a long gradual climb. Stopped to call LEKI about replacement parts for my poles. They were great and are sending gratis the complete bottom third for both poles. Will pick them up at the outfitter at DWG. Nice!

Along Rausch Creek. Carey Kish photo.

Along Rausch Creek. Carey Kish photo.

Had a regular lunch some miles at Yellow Springs, wolfing down some tuna and mayo wraps and whatever else my hands grabbed from the food bag. Then it was on to the shelter. Guess I could’ve kept going and made a few more miles, but I politely declined the idea.

Rausch Gap Shelter. Carey Kish photo.

Rausch Gap Shelter. Carey Kish photo.

Group of young guys out for a week made room for me. Cooked dinner–first time I’ve used my stove in over a week. Good cold spring out of pipe right in front of the shelter. 7:30 now and I don’t think I’ll be up much longer. Really craving sleep.

Talked to Fran first thing this morning. Always a treat, but then I missed her all day. Happy to be headed home on 7/15 for a week’s break. Yeah!

A little on the history of Rausch Gap. Carey Kish photo.

A little on the history of Rausch Gap. Carey Kish photo.

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