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    I'd keep the paper guide but get the loose leaf...

    I'd keep the paper guide but get the loose leaf version and have somebody mail it to you as / when you need it. Electronics die and I wouldn't want to just rely on a smart phone.
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    Depends on the season, the weather and several...

    Depends on the season, the weather and several other factors (if I'm solo or with others etc).

    For example, If it's especially hot, or I'm hiking in the desert, I'll get up well before sunrise and...
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    While I love listening to nature as much as the...

    While I love listening to nature as much as the next hiker, sometimes it's nice to break up the tedium of a thru-hike with audiobooks (they don't call it the green tunnel for nothing). Sometimes I...
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    Like you I'm a sweater and the one thing I cannot...

    Like you I'm a sweater and the one thing I cannot recommend enough? Desitin for the inevitable crotch rot! I had an atrocious case of thigh chaffing during my hike, I'm not ashamed to admit I cried...
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    I have a peanut allergy also and I thru hiked in...

    I have a peanut allergy also and I thru hiked in 2013, only thing it meant for me was I couldn't eat the Snickers or Reeses that were in the trail magic! Food wise I ate plenty of quinoa, couscous,...
  6. PRE HIKE 5'10" 205 lbs ~2185.9 miles (thru...

    PRE HIKE
    5'10"
    205 lbs
    ~2185.9 miles (thru hike)
    119 days
    45 years old

    POST HIKE
    5'10"
    173 lbs
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    As it happens, my birthday coincides with the...

    As it happens, my birthday coincides with the Summer Solstice and yes, last year on my thru hike, I wore my birthday suit :)
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    The Wildcats - in fact the whole section from...

    The Wildcats - in fact the whole section from Pinkham Notch to Gorham, NH. Actually, add the up and over and that horrible descent from Madison!
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    Because my girlfriend made a note in our AWOL...

    Because my girlfriend made a note in our AWOL guide, I know exactly how many days we spent in each state!

    Here's the data from my 2013 hike:


    GA - 6 days
    NC/TN - 26 days
    VA - 37
    WV - .5...
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    Haha, I honestly don't think I did!

    Haha, I honestly don't think I did!
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    Mosquitos didn't really bother me, neither did...

    Mosquitos didn't really bother me, neither did the ticks (although there were quite a few hikers I hiked with this year who contracted Lyme Disease). The tiny little flies that made a bee line for...
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    I used a quilt on my thru this year (Zpacks 20*)...

    I used a quilt on my thru this year (Zpacks 20*) and it worked amazingly well. Like you I'm a side/front sleeper and I enjoyed the freedom the quilt allowed me. I hate having hot feet so it was...
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    Very, very awesome. That brought back so many...

    Very, very awesome. That brought back so many fond memories of an incredible summer. Thanks for sharing.
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    All told, my girlfriend and I spent around $14K...

    All told, my girlfriend and I spent around $14K over the course of our 5 month hike. I pretty much put everything I could on my credit card and paid it all off when I got home, so I have pretty...
  15. No matter where I was along the trail, and even...

    No matter where I was along the trail, and even when I arrived at Abol Bridge, whenever I was asked if I was a thru hiker, I would reply, "Hoping to be!"
  16. Violet, I was under the same impression. Of the...

    Violet, I was under the same impression. Of the massive bubble I left Springer with and hiked with, only 2 dropped off the trail. Like you, I assumed this year would be a bonanza year for NOBO...
  17. Talking with Lost and Rolling R, at the Peter's...

    Talking with Lost and Rolling R, at the Peter's Mountain Shelter, they said that a lot of Germans had also quit the trail as it was too hard and nothing like the documentary they had seen!
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    Yes, I carry a pack towel and I used mine pretty...

    Yes, I carry a pack towel and I used mine pretty much every day on my recent AT thru hike; it's a true multi-use tool. I use it for wiping off my tarp-tent, use it for a washcloth (personal and cook...
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    1. What year did you hike? 2013 2. Did you...

    1. What year did you hike?

    2013

    2. Did you complete your hike?

    Yes.

    3. If not why did you get off the trail?
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    I thru hiked this year (4/7 - 9/6) and my hike...

    I thru hiked this year (4/7 - 9/6) and my hike cost a little over $11K for a 5 month trek. That cost included transportation, for my girlfriend and I (train tickets) to Springer and the cost of a...
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    I thru hiked this year and, out of the list of...

    I thru hiked this year and, out of the list of mail drops, the only one I'd use is Monson and maybe Andover. Your better option for Andover would be to resupply in Rangely though.

    1lb for...
  22. Thread: Too Late?

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    Awesome, thanks for the advice guys. Looks like...

    Awesome, thanks for the advice guys. Looks like I'm heading back to Maine (BSP), meeting up with some friends who are about to finish their thru hikes and then heading to Vermont. Can't wait to get...
  23. Thread: Too Late?

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    Too Late?

    I just finished my AT NOBO and I still have itchy feet. As I've already hiked 100 miles of the LT I figured I'd finish off the remaining 175 or so while I still have trail legs.

    I can get to...
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    Just got home - summited 9/6/2013 with glorious...

    Just got home - summited 9/6/2013 with glorious weather. Had an absolutely atrocious day in the 100 Mile Wilderness with solid rain and cold temps (was not fun climbing down Chairback)

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    Just Curious- How far do you live from the AT?

    I'm thru hiking right now (just passed Duncannon, PA), so technically zero miles - hey, I live 'here', right?

    Less tongue in cheek answer, about 50 miles from my house to Pine Grove Furnace.
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