Appalachian Trail (Thru-Hike) ME.GA May 2011

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    Mar 14, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    Me and my best bud will be hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) this year from May until November (6-7months) roughly 2,180 miles (across 14 states) and wanted to know if anyone else is interested in thru-hiking or hiking a section.

    Were both eagle scouts and have section hiking experience. I have most of the dual equipment (tent, water purifier, msr stove, ect.), but you'll need to have your own pack, pad, bag, ect.

    It's roughly 4-5 days between outposts, (the longest being 12 days through the Hundred Mile Forest National Park in Main), but provisions are available and frequent.

    If you can take 5-6 months off for the whole hike or if your interested in just section hiking and this sounds like your thing, let me know.



    more information below:

    http://www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.mqLTIYOwGlF/b.4805859/k.BFA3/Home.htm

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    Mar 20, 2011 10:56 AM GMT
    HeyJude
    I thru hiked the AT !! ME-GA !! It is the best direction to go !!
    Once you and your best bud get on the trail, and start meeting other thruhikers, y'all will start taking it one day at a time. Although everyone hikes the same trail, not everyone has the same hike !! They make for great stories to share in the shelters in the evenings !!
    Sometimes it is difficult to plan hikes with others. They are not 'into' the trail life like you will become. They may slow you down. Not that you want to be in a rush !! Take your time, 6-7 months is the best way to experience the trail !!
    It took me 9 days to get thru the wilderness (with 10 days of food)
    I still have fond memories of the trail. I do want to thru hike again !!
    Because of other hikers I met while on the trail, I have been to Alaska (2 times) Hawaii (4) Mexico, Bolovia SA, NewZealand, CostaRica. All for hiking. I know how to step off a plane, put on my pack, and stick out my thumb, and be fine with that !!
    Have a great hike !! Enjoy !! Peace
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    Mar 20, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    Good luck with the hike! I have been sectioning the trail for several years, it is a hoot.

    Will you be starting a hikers log? If so, post a link, I would be interested in following it.

    Fritz
  • LJay

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    Mar 20, 2011 12:36 PM GMT
    Go for it!

    Have always wanted to do the hike. Have done most all of Virginia in sections.

    Keep us posted on your plans.
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    Mar 20, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
    heyjude saidMe and my best bud will be hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) this year from May until November (6-7months) roughly 2,180 miles (across 14 states) and wanted to know if anyone else is interested in thru-hiking or hiking a section.

    Were both eagle scouts and have section hiking experience. I have most of the dual equipment (tent, water purifier, msr stove, ect.), but you'll need to have your own pack, pad, bag, ect.

    It's roughly 4-5 days between outposts, (the longest being 12 days through the Hundred Mile Forest National Park in Main), but provisions are available and frequent.

    If you can take 5-6 months off for the whole hike or if your interested in just section hiking and this sounds like your thing, let me know.


    more information below:

    http://www.appalachiantrail.org/site/c.mqLTIYOwGlF/b.4805859/k.BFA3/Home.htm

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    That's awesome. Wow! Thanks for posting that link. It'll be a challenge in trying to meet up with anyone unless you have some way of keeping your venture posted/notified. Maybe you can Twitter it and have members follow. That way others can plan around your scheduled hike.
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    Mar 20, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    After retirement, my ambition is to hike the entire length of the UK, from Lands End to JohnO'Groats. No official trail, I would need to use the current network of roads and highways. The route is approximately 1,000 miles long.
    I have already completed the whole route in the other direction (i.e. southbound) on a bicycle in 1990. It took 12 days. My accommodation were YHA hostels and one hotel.
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    Mar 20, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    This is awesome! I was just about to post a thread about my own Appalachian Trail hike! (still going to) However, my friend and I are going GA-ME; but we'll probably pass you along the way somewhere. :-)
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    Mar 20, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    Guess who lives close to Damascus VA, about 15mins down the road and see thru hikers all the time and done many sections myself. My college offers credits and classes for students who want to thru hike the trail. Be sure to come to trail days if you can, big event for all the AT hikers out there!
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    Mar 22, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    Looks like its gonna be GA.ME instead, my best bud is dropping out after Carolina.

    Drop me a line if your a northbound hiker starting in May 2011
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    Mar 22, 2011 6:08 PM GMT
    you definitely want to talk to TRACKBOY111 here.
    check his profile. He did the whole thing.
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    Mar 22, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    Awesome man! I am envious of such an adventure. My grandad laid down the challenge for me, he did the whole thing the year of his 65th birthday. I hope I rise to the challenge before then. Have fun man!
  • swimjohn

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    Mar 25, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    That's awesome man! I've always wanted to hike the whole AT, and I will one day before I die, I've promised myself that. I hope you have a blast man!
  • TheIStrat

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    Mar 25, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    Good luck! I hiked the Shenandoah park section in 2008. Wonderful experience!
  • Memo_NYC

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    Apr 21, 2011 6:06 AM GMT
    Wow...
    Ok, so I read this and immediately got up to ask my friend if she is down.
    She said she would be down for joining in a section in Maine. When will
    You folks be in that area... Roughly...?
    I understand one pair is starting out in Maine... What dates approx?
    She's more experienced than I am, but I will jump in head first. icon_surprised.gif)
    No better way to learn than doing. icon_surprised.gif)

    I'm so glad this forum exists now. Haven't been here in a while.
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    Apr 27, 2011 5:56 PM GMT
    Starting May 19th on Springer Mountain (Southern terminal) and hiking NOBO

    I know we originally decided on a SoBo hike, but i'll be solo until New York (sometime around august)
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    Apr 27, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    I so wish I could do that.....sounds like so much fun