Feeling So Much Better

Guidebooks call the Mahoosuc Notch some of the most technically challenging hiking found on the AT, a variably elevating/descending topography of rocks, boulders, ancient root systems, and logged stairways.

I forget their names—those campers—whose faces crumbled under the shadows and low-light of our hike’s tenth hour.

“There are two types of fun,” said the coordinators during our week-long adventure trip training. “Type 1: This is fun, I’m having it right now. And Type 2: This will be fun to us in the future, when we remember it.”

Geno clicked on his headlamp. He knelt, sat on a boulder, and jumped down to the next one. He held out his hand to assist one of the boys down. “This is Type 2 fun,” he said.