I would like to say, I almost forgot this part of my hike. But in reality it’s really hard to forget the intense horrible smell of Mahoosuc Notch in 2007. Why? because there was a dead moose right in the path hikers take to get through this section of trail.
When I mention that I’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail, I’m often asked…. “What section did you hike”? When I follow-up and say the entire thing, the reactions are often amazement and intrigue. Eventually, the discussion turns to what it was like and what my experience was. When I returned from my hike I gave several presentations to share my experiences. Some of the most frequently asked questions people ask are for the stories and experiences thru-hikers encounter on such an adventure. Today’s article is one example of the stories/experiences from my 2007 hike.
In the photos below you can see us all covering our faces as we passed through this section. I can’t begin to describe how bad this smelled. The thing is, I had heard about this from southbound hikers, weeks and perhaps months before making it to this section. In the back of my mind I was thinking and hoping the smell would be gone by the time I reached this area.
Hiking this section is rather difficult because of the large boulders, hikers are forced to scramble through, which is not quick. Since you are forced to slow down in this section because of the physical obstacles, this made for a more lengthy time in the grasps of this rancid decaying animal. The wind this particular day was blowing enough to make this section the smelliest I’ve walked through in my hiking career. I’ve smelled road kill during hikes. I’ve smelled smaller dead animals around trails and highways, I’ve even been in the presents of several long-distance hikers, but folks this takes the award for the worst smell I’ve ever encountered while hiking.
See how I bring you these stories to the comfort of your home. You, my lucky readers do not have to smell it. How pleasant is that? So I have to ask you, what is the worst smell you have ever experience besides yourself? was it dead wildlife, other hikers, man-made smells? Please tell me, hiking through Mahoosuc Notch in 2007 tops my list.
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