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    Is there available somewhere a list of all the things one might want to do or see while thru hiking the AT?

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    Sounds like a very personal thing. Depends on what interests you. There are interesting towns, urban centers, historical landmarks, and scenic wonders that not on the actual route. Perhaps do a search for the types of things you like along the AT corridor.


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    I'm guessing you're looking for a list of hiker traditions or highlights that you may want to make sure to see or do?

    Here is a list of ten.
    I'm not lost. I'm exploring.

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    A list of hiker traditions is exactly it. I agree it is a personal thing, that is why I am looking for a comprehensive list to see which of them might interest me. I know there are many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsherry61 View Post
    I'm guessing you're looking for a list of hiker traditions or highlights that you may want to make sure to see or do?

    Here is a list of ten.
    6/10..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by swjohnsey View Post
    6/10..........
    So, which did you opt out of?
    I'm not lost. I'm exploring.

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    Lost my rock, didn't hang off McAfee Knob, didn't jump off the James River Bridge (remember Momm's advice, didn't confess. Never confess!

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    James River Bridge....is there adequate depth throughout there to do it or is it all a crapshoot? I hate jumping into water when you can't see the bottom...too many horror stories.
    "In every walk with Nature, one receives far more than he seeks"....John Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPritch View Post
    James River Bridge....is there adequate depth throughout there to do it or is it all a crapshoot? I hate jumping into water when you can't see the bottom...too many horror stories.
    It is illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae View Post
    It is illegal.
    As are many acts of love in many parts of the world, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be done.
    I'm not lost. I'm exploring.

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    My so far and done has been
    Springer Mtn summit
    Blood Mtn summit
    Standing Indian
    Clingmans Dome
    Max Patch
    Exposed Trail near Camp Creek
    Shelton Laurel graves
    Big Bald
    Unaka
    Roan/Humps
    Uncle Nick's grave
    Mt Rogers/Graysons
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    Falls Lake Trail: 2011

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    Just concentrate on getting all the way to the top of Katahdin!
    The AT - It has it's ups and downs...

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    Some for the bucket:

    Moose
    Black Bear
    Rattle Snake

    Porqupine
    Skunk (needs to be in a shelter to count)

    Spruce Grouse
    White Troated Sparrow (Song gets 1/2 credit)
    Grey Jay (Photo of it on your person required to count)

    Barred or Great Horned
    Large Kettle of Hawks (SOBOs only)

    Leeches (to add some color to future story telling)

    Eastern Box Turtle (Extra credit if it speaks to you)

    Manhattan Skyline from Trail

    Future Spouse (If single at time of meeting only)

    Empty shelter (partial credit for campsite 1500 meters away from anyone else)

    Cheshire Cheese Monument (OK, that one is a stretch)

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    I believe mooning the cog as a tradition has died off a lot in recent years after arrests started being made some years back. I don't know if they are still arresting people for doing it, but about 10 years ago there was a flurry of law enforcement activity regarding this. Arrests by NFS rangers and NH state police, and even some hikers brought up on federal charges. Not worth the risk, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPritch View Post
    James River Bridge....is there adequate depth throughout there to do it or is it all a crapshoot? I hate jumping into water when you can't see the bottom...too many horror stories.
    Apparently. Saw lots of kids doin' it (not that!) when I was crossing.

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    In addition to what has been posted, a few more to consider are enjoying the hot springs in Hot Springs and attempting the Summit Sundae challenge at the AT Cafe after summiting Katahdin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyedbuzzard View Post
    Arrests by NFS rangers and NH state police, and even some hikers brought up on federal charges. Not worth the risk, IMO.
    It was basically a one time event. The Cog was getting complaints from prudish passengers and decided to make an example out of a few unsuspecting hikers. I know the Trooper on Cog detail, his stories about it are hilarious.
    The AT - It has it's ups and downs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsherry61 View Post
    As are many acts of love in many parts of the world, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be done.

    RULE BREAKER :P

    Too many bucket list items and the thru hike will probably turn into a section hike. IMO I would make the hike itself the bucket list item and once it is complete, go find putts around stuff to do in life

    Its about the journey not the destination.. blah blah blah I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    Just concentrate on getting all the way to the top of Katahdin!
    That one works for me.
    The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
    Richard Ewell, CSA General


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    Hikers with time on their hands try to think of these traditions that don’t really exist. The only true tradition is to walk from Spring to KAthadin.
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