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#1 Old 05-24-2010, 06:13 PM
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Hiking the Appalachian trail for two weeks in July, first time hiking long distance.

Anyone want to join, or give advice?
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#2 Old 05-24-2010, 06:36 PM
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Two weeks is pretty short. Shouldn't be too stressful. I hiked it for 3 months from Virginia to Maine. It was great. Changed my view on life and simplifying. Choose a trail name and use the logs at the shelters. It was interesting keeping up with people's logs. Get some alone time when you can. Enjoy and meet the whacked out people that are on the trail.

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#3 Old 05-25-2010, 06:59 PM
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haha I'll hike it in it's entirety one day. How hard is it to keep the trail?

I think eating is going to be my biggest problem, do you really have to hang your food from a tree? haha

I've got tons of questions lol
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#4 Old 05-25-2010, 10:40 PM
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I know there are tons of websites about it but I would check your local library for books. I read one about hiking the trail a few years ago that answered any question you could have. I've never even done an overnight hiking trip but I have this romantic notion of how it would be to do the whole thing. I highly doubt I will ever even do a large section but maybe one day.

i hear in my mind all of these voices
i hear in my mind all of these words
i hear in my mind all of this music
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#5 Old 05-31-2010, 11:25 AM
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Sometimes you've just got to think of an extremely unrealistic task and just do it.

I just got done paddling up the intracoastal for three days haha.

Thanks for the info
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There are white markings on trees to show that you're on the AT. If i remember correctly, yellow blazes (markings) constitute a side trail off the main trail.



We hung our food very diligently. The local animals are very familiar with this situation and I'm sure come around very often from foolhardy people leaving food unattended. Also, at the shelters you can hang your food above you which helps stop the porcupines which go after food as well as shoes. From having done a good amount of time in the backcountry, i'd definitely hang my food. I've had to deal with hungry deer, moose and black bear. You should also hang things such as toothpaste, feminine products, deodorant, etc. If you are a light sleeper, you'll find out relatively quickly all the noises around you in the forest. I started using earplugs years ago so i wouldn't wake up at every sound.



If you have more questions, ask away. Also feel free to ask me on my page.

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