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    And we didn't complete the trail. Injury forced...

    And we didn't complete the trail. Injury forced us back to Australia. Sooooo disappointed. I will be coming back on my own in 2017 to give it my everything!!!! And our trailnames ended up as...
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    Hi Speakeasy, hope life is treating you well. ...

    Hi Speakeasy, hope life is treating you well. Roo & Tas
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    I will be out in 2017 as well. We tried in 2011...

    I will be out in 2017 as well. We tried in 2011 and had to pull out due to injury and insufficient visa time for it to heal. I will be back on my own, and will be 65! Husband will be staying back...
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    got off the trail

    I think there are many reasons people leave the trail. We have just left because I, Tas, tore my calf muscle, but it could have been a dozen other reasons. We hit a 'brick wall' no reason, we are...
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    slow go better than no go

    slow go better than no go
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    We are coming from Australia, and we have a...

    We are coming from Australia, and we have a Travelex Cash Passport. You can reload it with cash through a multiple of places, use it like a credit card but it is your own money and you can't go into...
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    I am a proud baby boomer, born in 1952, husband...

    I am a proud baby boomer, born in 1952, husband missed out, he is ancient, born in 1942. We arrive in Atlanta on March 15th from Australia. We are staying at Hiker Hostel and will start either 16th...
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    When NOT hiking, so when at home, work etc, I use...

    When NOT hiking, so when at home, work etc, I use toilet paper after going to the loo and wash and night time. When I am hiking, I do exactly the same thing! No difference needed
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    I too suffer with depression and anxiety, as well...

    I too suffer with depression and anxiety, as well as Borderline Personality Disorder. I too take medication. I have been hiking for many years and it is when I am the most at peace within myself. ...
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    Hi I.Poo, I posted my list under packweight on...

    Hi I.Poo, I posted my list under packweight on the new posts section and oh boy, I am more confused than ever!!! I have been hiking for many, many years, it is actually part of my job as well! I...
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    Wow, so much info and so much of it differing. I...

    Wow, so much info and so much of it differing. I am very grateful to all of you for you help and advice.
    We start a THRU HIKE on the AT on March 17th 2011.
    The thermals I layer are Icebreakers...
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    My list of equipment & clothing: MY 2 LUXURIES...

    My list of equipment & clothing:
    MY 2 LUXURIES FOR AT Exped 7 Down Mat & Inflatable pillow - non negotiable, I have a spinal fusion, and this luxury ensures only bearable aching overnight.
    30deg...
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    THANKYOU so much, I feel heaps better now,...

    THANKYOU so much, I feel heaps better now, knowing that weight isn't such a major issue. Over the years I have dropped my packweight from 22kg down to 15-17kg and to lose anymore I feel like I would...
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    Thanks for that. I am talking of a winter pack...

    Thanks for that. I am talking of a winter pack weight. that is with merino thermals, fleece, down jacket, raingear and extra socks included. My sleeping bag is a North Face 15deg bag (weight under...
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    Pack weight

    I have spent countless hours reading AT hikers journals, and I am really concerned at how everyone seems to obsess over the weight of their packs. I am a 59 year old female, very experienced hiker, ...
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    ALLWEN: Trailname Wendy - FOF#2 (FERAL OLD FART...

    ALLWEN: Trailname Wendy - FOF#2 (FERAL OLD FART #2)
    Allen - He doesnt have one - he is FOF#3 in Australia but wants a new name for the AT
    Start Date: Arrive...
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    Whilst I am aware of every gram I put into my...

    Whilst I am aware of every gram I put into my pack, there are some things I refuse to compromise on, my Exped Downmat 7 that is definitely a helluva lot heavier than the miserable blue foam mats. ...
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    Allwen

    NAME: ALLEN & WENDY (NO TRAILNAME YET)
    DIRECTION: NOBO
    START: MID - END MARCH
    APPROACH TRAIL: UNSURE

    WE ARE COMING FROM AUSTRALIA:banana
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    A walk in the woods inspired MY dream of the AT

    I have been reading all the anti-Bryson posts, and I am so disappointed that 'true thru hikers' are so condescending without thinking of all the aspects of this book.
    Many years ago, about ten...
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    I have had many packs over the years. My...

    I have had many packs over the years. My favourite is a New Zealand Aarn pack www.aarnpacks.com . I don't use the front body flow pockets on mine though. I will be using the Osprey Ariel 62lt on th...
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    medical insurance

    Thanks Appalachian Tater,
    I will check out travel insurance. I hadn't thought of that! We hear that the cost of any medical treatment is exhorbitant in USA! Allwen
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    Medical Insurance

    We are coming from Australia to hike AT in 2011. Does anyone have any advice on what we do about medical insurance, such as companies, expected costs......:confused:
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    Exped down sleep mats

    We have exped down sleep mats. Has anyone else used these on the AT, and have they lasted the distance? I have had one of them replaced twice under warranty and the other one has been replaced...
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