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Ascent to Chester Gap Peak 1467-East Slope on 2007-07-29

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Sunday, July 29, 2007
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Chester Gap Peak 1467 - East Slope
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:1355 ft / 413 m

Ascent Trip Report

DAY #72 ----GERRY COUTU PASSED AWAY
My plan, as I left for the day's hike, was a short day (2.9 miles), out at Chester Gap/US522 to a Front Royal Hotel, resupply and get back on the AT in the AM. The hike was easy, all downhill on a mostly rocky trail(evidence of things to come), at Chester Gap rte #522, I hitch-hiked to town and checked into the Scottish Inn (a really nice Maryland guy in a VW picked me up, on his way to an auction. He actually passed me and turned around). I did my usual errands in the PM, ready to continue the AT in the AM.

AT 23:00 hrs Rose woke me up with really bad news - GERRY COUTU PASSED AWAY this evening. I changed my for tomorrow .... I will make the necessary arrangements to leave the trail tomorrow (July 30) and drive to Welland for the funeral services. I will be off the trail for 5 days and be back for day #73 on Sat Aug 4/07.
I ended up renting a car from Entreprise Rent a Car, I will leave here July 31 for the August 2 funeral services, and be back here on August 3.

AVERAGE STATS AFTER 72 DAYS (includes 8 rest days)
4 states (GA,NC,TN,VA), 955.2 total miles, 5.4 hiking hrs/d, 2.8 mph, 14.9 miles/d, 41 miles of climbing and a finishing date of sept 22.

"STEPHEN IS THE SUN THAT CAME DOWN TO EARTH TO WARM OUR HEARTS"
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:305 ft / 92 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:305 ft / 92 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:AT day #72 nb-tom floyd hut/us522, front royal
    Start Trailhead:tom floyd wayside hut  1050 ft / 320 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:AT nb to chester gap, us 522, front royal hotel
    End Trailhead:chester gap, us 522, front royal, scottish inn  



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