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    Default Alternative thru hike

    I have been toying with the idea to do another thru hike in 4 years when I turn 70. I know I donít want to go NOBO again. What I have been thinking is starting in August from HF heading SOBO and getting to Springer in late Oct. I would then continue the next year starting in late April from HF heading north and finishing in July. This would essentially be two LASH and give me a chance to recover over winter between sections and still technically be considered a thru. I have never heard an alternative hike like this discussed. I would think that someone else has already done this.
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    This sounds like a variation of the flip-flop thru hike. I've heard of such things and seem to recall the ATC even encourages it.
    https://appalachiantrail.org/explore...ing/flip-flop/

    My alternative thru hike plan (I say plan; it is subject to change) is to hike 10-14 days of each month. This will allow me to take care of responsibilities at home and for my body to recover. Depending on how things go, it may stretch into two or three years. It's certainly not the least expensive way to thru hike.

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    It is a flip flop but it occurs over a period of two calendar years. It is completed in a 12 month period. I have not heard this discussed before. I imagine some people may be attempting this kind of hike this year because of COVID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soilman View Post
    I have been toying with the idea to do another thru hike in 4 years when I turn 70. I know I donít want to go NOBO again. What I have been thinking is starting in August from HF heading SOBO and getting to Springer in late Oct. I would then continue the next year starting in late April from HF heading north and finishing in July. This would essentially be two LASH and give me a chance to recover over winter between sections and still technically be considered a thru. I have never heard an alternative hike like this discussed. I would think that someone else has already done this.
    Interesting. Personally, I would prefer to do it the opposite way. SOBO from Katahdin to HF in August, SOBO from HF the following in late April

    Have a future thought about hiking as far as I can go SOBO from Katahdin with an August start to catch the golden months in the north-east. In my mind, hiking in the north-east is so much better in August/Sept/early Oct compared to May-July

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    I actually considered something similar. I was going to start north from Springer in the fall (end of September through when it starts to get really cold, maybe November), get as far as I can and then start from that spot in the spring and take my time heading north. I would think I could easily get at least to Damascus if not further before November.
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    You could start SOBO in July or August, and when you get to Harpers Ferry see how you are feeling. Keep going if you feel like, otherwise take the winter off to rest up and knock out the southern half in the Spring.
    Last edited by Astro; 08-15-2020 at 16:30.
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    Sounds reasonable to me.

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