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  1. #21
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    Trail Name - TBC
    Direction - NOBO

    Estimated Start Date - Some time late March
    Approach Trail - May as well
    Any additional info that you want the world to know - I'm a Brit! Quitting my Sales job after 5 grueling years. Hoping to hike the trail in around 5 months so I can visit Philly, NYC, Washington and maybe Montauk (I love surfing and hear that there's a cool vibe going here?) on the way. Only have 6 months max on the Visa so will need to be on point but I'm pretty fit and healthy. Will be visiting Canada for a month or so after that before heading back home.

    I've wanted to do this for over 10 years and have waited until possibly the least convenient moment to do it (I have a mortgage ). Since I put a date on it about a year ago, I've thought about it most days and it's sometimes the only thing that keeps me at my current job.

  2. #22

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    Trail Name: No Trail name yet
    Direction: NOBO
    Start Date: April 19
    Approach Trail: Yes

    I finally have all my gear. Now I just need to start saving my money. Being a broke college kid is not the best financial situation to be in for thru hiking but I am going to do it no matter how much money I have!

  3. #23
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    Anderson, IN
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    Trail Name. Bulldog
    Direction. SOBO

    Estimated Start Date July 4th
    Approach Trail - Starting at Roaring Brook

    Been my dream for over 20 years.

  4. #24
    Registered User Moira's Avatar
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    Trail name: TBD
    Direction: NOBO
    Start:Early to mid March
    Approach: I didn't last time I left Springer, so definitely now

    Finally have no strings or excuses to hold me back from my thru-hike!
    "Life is either a great adventure- or nothing." -H. Keller

  5. #25

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    Trail Name- none yet. For now we are just Henri and Lauren
    Direction- SOBO

    Estimated Start Date - May 15- June 1st
    Approach Trail - I'm not sure the SOBO aproach but if there is one we will do it.

    We we both are experienced backpackers and are both quitting our jobs to do the trail. I (Henri) have done the New York section already and can't wait to do the rest!


  6. #26
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    Trail name: ???
    Direction: NOBO

    Start date: Mid-March

    Approach trail: No




    Not sure how my decision to thru-hike was born. According to my internet search history, it happened the last weekend of September, '14. Stoked to get on the trail!

  7. #27

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    Trail Name: Bravo
    Direction: Northbound

    Starting: first day of spring
    Approach Trail - yes

    I hiked the trail in 2011 under the same trail name, looking forward to doing it again. any old buddies from the 2011 class give me a shout!
    "Bravo" NoBo 3/20/11
    Trail Journal @ HikersCircle.com

  8. #28
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    Trail Name: Cotton
    Direction: NOBO (I'm considering a Flip Flop from Harper's Ferry)
    Estimated Start Date: ~March 23rd
    Approach Trail: Yes

    Hiking the approach trail to Neel's Gap later this month as a trial hike.

  9. #29
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    Trail Name -- Graybadger (one look at my profile pic will easily tell you where the Grey comes from )
    Direction -- NOBO

    Estimated Start Date-- 3/26/2016
    Approach Trail -
    Absolutely!

    Not a "bucket list" thing...more the point, taking a cue from a Bob Dylan lyric -- "He not busy being born is busy dying". I think that just about says it all.

  10. #30
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    Trail Name: N/A
    Direction: Northbound
    Estimated Start Date: 2/21-28/2016
    Approach Trail: Hell Yeah I Am.

    I just woke up a few weeks ago and decided I would give Long-Distance thru-hiking a shot. I'm not getting any younger and if I don't do this now I may regret it. My ultimate goal is to eventually also do the PCT. But that is a long, long way off. See ya'll on the AT in 2016!

  11. #31
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    Trail Name: TBD
    Direction: Flip-Flop from Harpers Ferry

    Starting: Late April
    Approach Trail - Skipping it and hoping to make it to Birmingham, AL via the BMT and Pinhoti.

    Now its on to saving up money and getting my gear ready for the trip.


  12. #32
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    Trail Name: I don't have a trail name yet, however my name is Austin Braswell.
    Direction: North Bound, GA-ME.

    Estimated Start Date: April 1st.
    Approach Trai: Yes

    I cannot wait to see what magic the trail holds for me! I am graduating college in December and I figured this would be the perfect time for me to finally do this. I hope to make many new friends and see places of this country I have never witnessed before. Feel free to add me on Facebook if you'd like to link up at some point.

    Happy Trails!

  13. #33
    Registered User 2000miler's Avatar
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    Trail Name: Bear Bait. As we were preparing for a week-long PCT section hike, a good friend of mine introduced me in an email to his friends as "he would be an asset, mainly because he's slow as **** and would definitely be caught by the bear". Bear Bait just sounded so right. But, I love the idea of getting dubbed on the trail, so who knows?

    Direction: NoBo

    Estimated Start Date: March 30ish. Worried about the bubble next year, but also worried about being cold. We'll see how the weather is looking.

    Approach Trail: Of course!

    If any of you are in Chicago I'd love to meet up and grab a beer / talk through preparation. Shoot me a message!
    --
    Vinny, Aspiring 2016 AT NOBO
    Shameless blog plug: http://appalachiantrials.com/author/vinny-tagliatela/

  14. #34

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    Trail name: None yet.
    Direction: NOBO
    Start date: End of February unless weather is brutal
    Approach trail: Probably

    Had my retirement ceremony last Friday after over 40 years in the Navy. I grew up on an island so that plus my job means I have spent my life on the ocean. Wanted to do something way out of my swim lane, but would give me a chance to clear my head, stay away from the news and technology. Only two choices came to mind, sailing or the AT. Sailing is not really out of my swim lane and I will do that until I cant any more, so . . . .

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    Trail name: None - Manuel for now.
    Direction: NOBO
    Start date: Between 20th of march and 1st of april. (Depends on the price of the flight from Switzerland)
    Approach trail: Yes

    I'm very looking forward to make this experience and hope to meet some of you out on the trail. I wish all the best to everyone for the planning this year and the hike in 2016.

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    Trail name: Nothing yet…TBD
    Direction: SOBO
    Start date: June 1st
    Approach trail: Abol Slide Trail

    Right now exiting out on the Pinhoti Trail resonates inmy planning however, we’ll see how I feel after having been out on the trailfor a few months.

  17. #37
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    Trail Name: Craft or Punky (not sure which one will stick just yet - my name is Veronica)
    Direction: Flip-flop; Harpers Ferry north to Katahdin
    Start Date: ~15 May
    Approach Trail: On my way out...maybe?!

    Training in the Rockies this summer, so the elevation should help. Driving my friends and family crazy because the AT is all I talk about. Will be in NC and VA next month to section hike and provide some trail magic to the 2015 hikers.

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    Roni714...hey I'm Richard and I am located in St. Petersburg, Florida also...Nice to see some others from St. Pete making the hike. Coincidently my family lives in Denver also. Weird.

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    Trail name: Bigfoot
    Direction: NoBo
    Start Date: 4/1/16
    Approach: definitely

    so far i have one possibly two starting with me.
    HYOH and LNT

  20. #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake2c View Post
    Trail name: None yet.
    Direction: NOBO
    Start date: End of February unless weather is brutal
    Approach trail: Probably

    Had my retirement ceremony last Friday after over 40 years in the Navy. I grew up on an island so that plus my job means I have spent my life on the ocean. Wanted to do something way out of my swim lane, but would give me a chance to clear my head, stay away from the news and technology. Only two choices came to mind, sailing or the AT. Sailing is not really out of my swim lane and I will do that until I cant any more, so . . . .
    Congrats Jake!
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep."

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