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  1. Restart at the NOC

    After leaving Amicalola Falls on 04 February, I am restarting my AT thru at the NOC on 27 February. Why?

    I managed to complete 137 miles (plus the dang 9-mile approach trail) in 10 days. I shared the first seven of those days with Polka Dot. The last three nights I shared shelters with Young Blood. Unfortunately on about day 4 I had a stone tread "kick" a shin that, while it did no visible damage, days later turned into a major pain - pun intended. The pain descending into ...
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  2. Training

    Every year about this time when the weather starts to break I start to do two things. 1) Watch Youtube videos of people starting their through hikes. 2) Train so that I can do my smaller hikes...

    Last year I had some setbacks. Family obligations and serious blister issues kept me from achieving the real miles that I had wanted. That's ok. 2017 is a new year, and I am going to make it work for me.

    This year I am going to plan smaller hikes more frequent hikes to get started. ...
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  3. Sedona, AZ

    Quote Originally Posted by -Rush- View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RangerZ View Post
    I'm looking forward to a trip in March to Sedona, unfortunately with a bunch of non hikers. I've done a little research and it seems Bell Rock might be a easy day hike even for them. I'll probably bring my boots in hopes of getting out. I do't think that I'll be able to get my faithful companionStick on the airplane, he'll have to sit this hike out.

    Does anybody have any other suggestions for a day hike?
    There are two I recommend for non-hikers.

    Palatki -
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  4. Two and a Wake-up

    The plan for starting the AT Hike has entered its final stage. Scamper & I hosted Coach and Polka Dot at our home for supper last evening. We had planned on there being at least one other attendee, but W2 opted to withdraw his name from the excursion.

    During supper we established a tentative plan for Saturday's start:

    1) Scamper and I will pick Polka Dot up at her home at 08:00 and drive to the Amicalola Falls Visitor Center, weigh our packs, sign-in, have the obligatory ...

    Updated 02-02-2017 at 16:38 by MadRanger

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  5. 6-7 day section hike NFG to Hot Springs

    Quote Originally Posted by -Rush- View Post
    I'm not a fan of Peck's Corner, especially not on my first day in the Smokies. It's about .5 off the trail with no views. I'd personally start at Clingman's Dome.

    Clingman's Dome <10.9> Icewater Spring <12.6> TriCorner Knob <15.7> Standing Bear Hostel <13.3> Max Patch (if weather permits) <10.0> Tent Camp <10.0> Hot Springs

    As far as other things to enjoy on that section.

    AT Mile Markers (From AWOL 2016)
    199 - Clingman's
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