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Appalachian Trail

Postby Hetchy » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:41 am

I bought my plane ticket from San Jose to Atlanta Georgia.
I will be staying at a wonderful hostel near Amicalola Falls State Park on the night of March 14th 2011. The next day I will begin the Appalachian trail by first hiking the 8 mile approach trail up Springer Mountain.
This is going to be quite an amazing experience to see the third major Long Distance trail in the Trple crown in as many years. I can't wait to report back to y'all what i find out there!
Take care of the Sierra for me for 1 more season would ya?
This promises to be quite a tough hike. i am thinking it will take me about 4 months to cover the 2,175 miles. About the same amount of time i took to cross the 2,800 miles of the CDT. Despite the elevations being drastically lower out on the AT the trail follows non-continuous ridgelines. Essentially straight up and down. There are not very many switchbacks. My speedy friend Sage whom i met on the CDT went from doing 30+ mile days to 20 milers on the AT. So I am not gonna fool myself into thinking this will be an easy hike.
Another adventure it will be though.
Anyhow i started this thread so i have someplace to share the hike with y'all.
Even though I am not leaving until March my heart is already there.
You know you have the Long Distance hike bug when you dream about the crunch of trail dust under your sneaker and wake up just before you take a bite out of that nutella, cheese, and peanutbutter burrito you just finished making.
Is it March yet?
You can make more money, but you can't make more time.

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby rlown » Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:44 am

Good Luck, Hetchy..

Is your progress still gonna be posted on postholer?

Hope the ticks don't get you too bad.

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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby BSquared » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:03 pm

Keep us posted, Hetchy! And think of me when you do the bee-utiful section of the Trail from Harper's Ferry to Penn-Mar. I've done it a couple of times in the spring, and it's just gorgeous!
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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby ERIC » Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:12 pm

Good luck! Can't wait to read about your progress. :thumbsup:
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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby maverick » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:06 pm

Looking forward to tracking your progress Hetchy.
Have fun, and be safe!
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Re: Appalachian Trail

Postby vandman » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:01 am

Enjoy yourself. Bring some Ben's 100% DEET for the spring no see-ums and ticks. I have a place up near the TN/NC border near The Pond Mt. Wilderness. If you feel like raiding my wine cellar, give me a shout.
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