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    Smile 2016 Thru-Hike Registry

    Just noticed that the 2016 sub-forum is open. All of you 2016 lurkers, it is finally your turn!

    Trail Name
    Direction

    Estimated Start Date
    Approach Trail - yes or no
    any additional info that you want the world to know

    Also consider registering with ATC. Next year promises to be very busy, especially in GA, because of the Bryson movie (A Walk in the Woods). And m
    ake sure you get lots of good tips from the Bryson movie later this year !

    If anything changes, please update via a reply to this thread or send me a PM.


    After you have completed your hike, don't forget to report back in with completion dates and how far you hiked!

    Good Luck and Have Fun (with the planning this year and the trail next year).


    See you on the trail,
    mt squid

    (Later in the season a spreadsheet will be available for viewing in the articles section.)

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    So far my partner and I are trail nameless, so we'll just go with Drew and Mindy for now. We have been planning on a thru hike in 2016 for about 5 months and finally decided to do a flip-flop starting in Harpers Ferry and head north the last week of April. We decided on flipping to avoid crowds, to not be rushed to reach Katadhin before it closes (we'd like to stop and smell the roses), and to do our part to make this whole thing a bit more sustainable. Been looking forward to this for a very long time. So tempted to say "screw it" and hop on the train to HF tonight!

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    I do not have a trail name yet so for now it's James. My planned NOBO start date is March 23. I'm not sure if I'm gonna do the Approach Trail yet. I have been planning a thru hike for just over two years now and is something I've dreamed of doing for a long time! Looking forward to meeting all you fine folks!


    Life is full of ups and downs! Hike on!

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    Trail Name: Old Hiker (Again)

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    : NOBO (Again)

    Estimated Start Date: 29 Feb 2016

    Approach Trail - yes or no: Still deciding. Didn't last attempt - may just jump on again. Have done it before on practice hikes.

    any additional info that you want the world to know
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    This is my second attempt. Starting on 29 Feb honors my mom, who always encouraged me to try this. After my sprained/cracked ankle last time (2012), my dad asked me why I would give up. I decided to try again, with my wife's reluctant encouragement.

    This time: more pictures of PEOPLE, not places, better attempts at being friendly (I'm shy in person until I get to know you), no worries about mileage, less weight on the back. I will also try NOT to touch every white blaze I walk past.
    Old Hiker
    AT Hike 2012 - 497 Miles of 2184
    AT Thru Hiker - 29 FEB - 03 OCT 2016 2189.1 miles
    Just because my teeth are showing, does NOT mean I'm smiling.
    Hányszor lennél inkább máshol?

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    Trail name: Don't have oneDirection: NoboEstimated start date: Mid to late MarchApproach Trail: YesCurrent infantry marine biding my time till i Eas in November and can start training to hike again.

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    Trail name: None yet. We'll go with Michelle for now.
    Direction: NOBO
    Start date: March
    Approach trail: yes

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    Trail name: None yet (Ryan for now)
    Directions: NOBO
    Start Date: March 3rd
    Approach trail: You bet!

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    Trail name: SciFi
    Direction: Flip Flop, starting in Front Royal (near home)
    Start date: April 24th
    Approach trail: for me it's the exit trail, not sure yet.

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    Trail name: Jordan's Dad
    Direction: NOBO
    Estimated Start Date: 12 March 2016
    Approach trail: Yes

    Retiring from current position, and need to do this NOW or it will never be done.

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    Trail name: None yet
    Direction: North Bound and following the Spring
    Estimated State Date: I'm looking at the third week in March
    Approach Trail: Yes

    Love Jordan's Dad's comment. I am also retiring. Planning this as a transition into my "next life". I got this into my head about a year and a half ago and am playing Trail Angel for a friend this year.

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    Fine so I guess 2016 really has a class at last.
    trail name Celtic Buck for many reasons hiking with my Lab Walker
    doing a Southbound ramble starting August 1st

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    Trail name: To be determined...Tara for now!
    Direction: NOBO
    Estimated Start Date: March something
    Approach trail: Yes

    I've dreamt of this as a child and I am determined to make it happen next year!! It's time to stop waiting for my life to be in order and have enough money to feel "comfortable"...It won't happen!! I need to get out and go for my dreams!!

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    Trail Name: Wiki
    Direction: NOBO
    Estimated Start Date: March 15-30th Time Frame
    Approach Trail - Most likely not
    Blog is here: http://www.going-big.com/ not much content yet...still in Afghanistan

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    Trail Name: Don't have one
    Direction: NOBO
    Estimated Start Date: February (if my friend comes), Early March (If he doesn't come)
    Approach Trail: Yes

    Trying to escape the confines of society by delaying the career path job. I've been backpacking for 4 years now, nothing longer than 5 days. I think about the thru-hike almost every day...

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    Trail Name: SAfeway
    Direction: NOBO
    Estimated Start Date: 29 Feb 2016 or early March doe to weather.

    Approach Trail - yes or no: Still deciding.

    Doing a practice hike into Damascus May 10 - 15th. I hope to get there sometime before trail days ends.


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    My name is Leah. Still soul searching for a trail name. I'm planning get a flip flop starting in Harpers Ferry headed North in the last week of April. I'm going solo and may bring my golden retriever Shelby.

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    Trail Name: None Yet, but I'm Kala.

    Direction
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    Estimated Start Date: Third Week, March. (Unless I find a co-hiker in which case this could change)

    Approach Trail - Yes

    This will be my first attempt (woohoo!) I'll finish school this winter and without other obligations -- there isn't a reason why I shouldn't do it, so I'm using that as a prime reason that I should make the trek.

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    Trail name: to be determined
    Direction: NOBO
    Estimated start date: 3/1
    Approach trail: yes

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    Trail name: Was Happy Feet on PCT (To common of a name want a new one haha)
    Direction: NOBO
    Start date: April 15th Aiming for a 90 Day Thru
    Approach trail: yes
    The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.
    "Harry Kemp"

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    CT 2011, PCT 2013

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    Trail name: ???
    Direction: little flip, lotsa flop (Erwin south, then Erwin north)
    Est. Start: mid-April
    Approach trail: not sure

    This has been in the works since 2000. Only now mentally and physically tough enough to even start.

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