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Up early and climbed the fire tower to watch the sunrise, which was really beautiful.

Sunrise atop Belvidere Mountain

Sunrise atop Belvidere Mountain

I was on the trail by 7:30 am.  I reached Tillotson Camp at 9:15 am and a really strange unstable guy was camped right in the middle of the trail.  The temperature was again really hot and it was difficult to stay cool.  Went over Haystack Mountain which was tough and had lunch at Hazen’s Notch Road Crossing.  Stopped at Hazen’s Notch Camp for water and then pushed on for Jay Camp.  The hiking over Bruce Peak, Buchanan Mountain, Domey’s Dome and Gilpin Mountain was all ridge travel, which provided a cooler more comfortable hiking environment.  This was by far the best part of a very tough day.

Jay Camp - hiker from Newton, MA

Jay Camp - shared with hiker from Newton, MA

I arrived at Jay Camp at about 8:30 pm and a hiker who is a TV producer from Newton, Massachusetts was the only person here.  He gave me some double stuff Oreo’s that really hit he spot.  I am really tired and looking forward with much anticipation to finishing my journey tomorrow.

Hiked 14.3 miles today.

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Up early and on the trail at 8:45 am.  Another scorcher today and tough initial hiking over Butternut Mountain at the start of the day.  Climbing over Bowen Mountain next was much easier.  Went to Ritterbush Pond for a swim and ended up staying for three hours.  There was a trampoline on a raft that you could swim to in the middle of the pond.  I suntanned and talked with Bob Northrop’s son and grandson when they showed up on the raft.

Sunset atop Belvidere Mountain

Sunset atop Belvidere Mountain

After a really late lunch at 4:00 pm, I pushed on to make the summit of Belvidere Mountain.  Pretty tough climb up Belvidere especially as it was getting dark.  I camped at the summit next to the fire tower.  This is an awesome spot to spend the night.  There are great views from the fire tower.  I watched the moonrise and a lightening shower way off in the distance.

Hiked 12.2 miles today.

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