Mahoosuc Notch is often called the most difficult mile on the Appalachian Trail. In truth, it’s not even a mile in length. Nevertheless, we knew before we entered it we would be in for a difficult hike.
That’s why we chose to stay at Full Goose Shelter last night. It is the closest spot to the notch where camping is allowed.
Despite its short distance, we had heard enough stories to expect we would be spending a few hours picking our way through the notch.
We had also heard a few stories of hikers making their way through it in 30 minutes. That seemed absurd, especially for three old men like us.
If you alertly noted I said three old men, the emphasis wasn’t intended to be on the word “old,” though to be sure, we are not young hikers able to make it through Mahoosuc Notch in a few minutes.
Instead, I’m saying Stick and I became a gang of three today. Tengo Hambre started walking with us.
It just happened without much discussion. We left the shelter together this morning and that was that.