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  1. Any recommendations for the Grayson Highlands in May?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shonryu View Post
    I would personally go from Damascus NOBO to Atkins. Once you get past scales it gets kind of boring. That and there is a resturant in Atkins once you come off of the trail that has a killer hiker burger that is a nice payoff for the trip If you dont plan on staying at Partnership at least take advantage of pizza hut delivering there and grabbing a cold drink at the ranger station I dont remember there really being a place between Damascus and Atkins where you could resupply.
  2. Starting on the AT Wed. 3/26

    Like a lot of folks I have just been a reader here. Between wrapping up things at home, career, getting ready, etc., there just hasn't been much extra time to participate actively. That said, I did want to let others know that I should be starting this Wednesday (nobo) and hope to meet some of you on the trail. I'll post most of my updates via my blog but will try to be more active here as well.

    Best of luck to everyone in the class of 2014!

  3. Two Weeks Out And Hiking Solo

    It looks like this is finally happening. Quitting my job on the 4th of April, and starting that weekend. Got to be the craziest thing I have ever done. Furthermore, I am looking forward to this new adventure, and the people I will meet along the way.

    I have no idea if I will make it to Maine or not. I am concerned about my body breaking down more than running out of cash. Trying out the Ribzpack for the first leg of trip. In theory, it helps with weight distribution, and access ...
  4. Trail Hiking and Blood Sugar readings.

    by , 03-23-2014 at 14:20 (My wife and I are planning to thru hike the AT in 2017)
    We hiked the San Felasco 5.8 mile loop yesterday. My blood sugars we very low the whole time. I kept yawning and felt low energy while on the trail so I knew something was up.

    At the start I was 67. Ate a Cliff Bar. At the halfway point I was 75. Ate half a bagel. And at the end I was 56.

    This morning I was at 210 and was 271 2.5 hours later.

    Trail hiking affects my blood sugar levels way differently than my running does. It took me nine months to get my blood ...
  5. A little background info....

    by , 03-22-2014 at 06:10 (My wife and I are planning to thru hike the AT in 2017)
    A month and a half ago, my wife, Karen and I, did a 4 mile trail hike. I noticed that she "lit up" while walking in the woods. We got to talking, like we always do, and she said that she always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail.

    Five years ago I started running again. After 20+ years of couch surfing I completed my first marathon 4 years ago and then did a sprint triathlon and finished my second marathon in November of 2013. I WAS planning on an Iron Distance Triathlon ...