WhiteBlaze Pages
A Complete Appalachian Trail Guidebook.
$10 for printed copy(paperback). $6 for interactive PDF. $2 for printable PDF.
Read more here WhiteBlaze Pages Store

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Registered User loriet's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-26-2014
    Location
    Sunny Vineland, NJ
    Age
    56
    Posts
    30

    Default Ed Garvey Shelter

    Hi,
    With regards to the Ed Garvey Shelter, I hear the spring is .5 mile away. Is it a reliable source of water? I am overnighting there this weekend.

  2. #2
    Hopeful Hiker QHShowoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    05-16-2005
    Location
    There's no place like it
    Age
    46
    Posts
    887

    Default

    It's .5 miles away and down a steep hill (and is not on the AT). It's not unreliable, but if you can carry in enough water, it's a lot easier.
    you left to walk the appalachian trail
    you can feel your heart as smooth as a snail
    the mountains your darlings
    but better to love than have something to scale


    -Girlyman, "Hold It All At Bay"

  3. #3
    Registered User loriet's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-26-2014
    Location
    Sunny Vineland, NJ
    Age
    56
    Posts
    30

    Default

    Thank You! I am bringing "muscle" with me--I will put him on water fetching duty!

  4. #4
    GA-ME 2011
    Join Date
    03-17-2007
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Age
    63
    Posts
    3,071
    Images
    9

    Default

    Carry water in with you from either Harpers Ferry, if going NOBO or from Gathland State Park if SOBO.
    "Chainsaw" GA-ME 2011

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    02-04-2013
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posts
    4,156

    Default

    I would vote for carrying in the necessary water for the night. It was not fun to hike down to the water source (and back up). However, if hiking NOBO the price you pay is hauling water up the Weverton switchbacks. I still think it is worth it.
    HST/JMT August 2016
    TMB/Alps Sept 2015
    PCT Mile 0-857 - Apr/May 2015
    Foothills Trail Feb 2015
    Colorado Trail Aug 2014
    AT: Rockfish Gap to Boiling Springs 2014
    John Muir Trail Aug/Sept 2013

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-27-2011
    Location
    New York, New York
    Posts
    394

    Default

    When I was there in 2005, a very kind thru hiker Pogo fetched some water for me in the morning in exchange for Pringles. I made the trip the first night and it was a total pain but a good source.

  7. #7
    Hopeful Hiker QHShowoman's Avatar
    Join Date
    05-16-2005
    Location
    There's no place like it
    Age
    46
    Posts
    887

    Default

    I like how almost universally, no one wants to hike up and down that hill. LOL.
    you left to walk the appalachian trail
    you can feel your heart as smooth as a snail
    the mountains your darlings
    but better to love than have something to scale


    -Girlyman, "Hold It All At Bay"

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    02-04-2013
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posts
    4,156

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by QHShowoman View Post
    I like how almost universally, no one wants to hike up and down that hill. LOL.
    It's a psychological issue, I think. The climb isn't remarkable compared to many climbs on the AT but when people get to a shelter they are mentally done with hiking for the day and a water source that far down the hill is seen as much more of a burden than it otherwise would be. At least that's the case for me!

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-18-2015
    Location
    White Plains, MD
    Age
    67
    Posts
    22

    Default

    I am going to be doing this as a one nighter SOBO from Gathland and will carry water in for the night.

  10. #10
    Registered User Studlintsean's Avatar
    Join Date
    03-26-2012
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Age
    34
    Posts
    1,003

    Default

    If you get to camp with enough time to set up your tent, grab a quick snack, and relax for a few minutes I didn't think the hike down was THAT bad. Certainly not fun but if it was fun everyone and their mother would be out there.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    05-27-2013
    Location
    Falls Church, VA
    Posts
    13

    Default

    My wife and I were hiking with our two kids (13/10). We still had dinner and breakfast to cook (not to mention coffee for us and hot chocolate for them!)...and we were facing a near 90 degree day into Harpers Ferry in the AM. So, water was a must for us. As we walked through the camp sites with our bottles and Platypus bags, literally everyone we passed commented on the trek down. Is it far? Yes. Is it steep? Yes. Is it bad? Really depends on the day you've had. Like others noted, it's more mental than physical as the path itself is pretty easy (though wouldn't recommend crocks).

    On the plus side, it's super peaceful down there. Gave us a chance to rehydrate with some ice cold lemon aid and Gatorade packets, dipped our feet downstream, and even set up a mini-shower system using the big rock and our 4L Platypus (avoiding the soap since we were close to the water source). We were probably down there for a good hour (some of the folks back at the shelter even asked if everything was ok, lol...but good to know they were thinking of us). So even with the long hike, for us, it was a great moral booster and some fun family time.

++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •