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    Default The first things I had to learn

    The trail dictates, you don't.

    Never camp on the windy side of the ridge in cold weather.
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    To go just a bit lighter, I know I almost never think of this but: after making ALL of your purchases in town, either leave your coins in the penny jar of your last stop, or buy a candy bar. Coins can add up WT wise, and you need that candy bar anyway.

    A trail guide is just that, a GUIDE. A plan if you will, to be followed or not. As stated above, let the trail dictate to you. If you plan a 20 mile day but due to terrain or weather or feeling bad or all of the above, you can only do 7 miles: THATS OK!

    GOOD ear plugs can make for a better nights sleep in: shelters, Hostels, motels, etc.

    All, and I do mean ALL! Shelters, campsites, Hostels, Motels, Hotels, Resturants, Stores, etc. Will have someone say something bad about them. Listen to them or not, I chose to not listen, and have had many a good experience at places I was warned against stopping at.

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    Default Classic AT quote

    No Rain, No Pain, No Maine

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    "He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise." - Tao Te Ching

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    Post Rules of Hiking the AT from "Chino" GA>ME '05

    Quote Originally Posted by Chino
    Rule #1 Don't get killed. I've almost violated this rule at least 4 times. This hike is very difficult at times and NOT a walk in the park as many of you may think.

    Rule #2 Never trust another hiker's opinion or interpretation of distance ("It can't be more than 20 minutes from here"), difficulty ("you can easily do two 25 mile days out of Kincora.") or map reading in general ("looks like all down hill today.").

    Rule #3 You are going to do it anyway. Regardless of the terrain or degree of difficulty, you are still going to hike.
    I love Chino's advice. He had several more rules, but he could never remember any more of them, and I haven't been able to track down the others in his trail journal.
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    "The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know.... Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough." -John Adams

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    Default Words of wisdom soon to be released article.

    Hopefully by 03/01/06 I will have combined Trail tricks & words of wisdom (& a few other hints from other forums) into one bag of tricks type article. So, if you have a burning hint or trail trick to post please do so.

    After March we can still add those great tips of course, but why wait?

    Thanks for all the great tips everyone. I for one have learned much.

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    Before you kimchee squat... privy stomp!

    Teach your honey how 'not to drop the tp in the hole'

    Leave the door open for a better view.

    Lastly, try to remember which way is west when your facing north

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    Everyday I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive days I've stayed alive.

    A hiker who cooks beans and peas in the same pot is very unsanitary.

    A Wise Man can see more from the bottom of a well than a Fool can see from the top of a mountain.

    You never test the depth of a river with both feet

    Hear and you forget; see and you remember; do and you understand

    It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

    Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.

    There are no short cuts to any place worth going.

    A peacock who sits on his tail is just another turkey.

    He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

    It is never too late to be what you might have been.

    If you are willing to admit faults, you have one less fault to admit.

    You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom.
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    For me, the most important step I take when I am hiking is not the one that puts me on top of the mountain but the very next one I take. Because without that one, the trip doesn't start and never ends.

    It is what it is.
    "Like the confluence of two streams, dreams & reality are joined, flowing as one. I know how lucky I am." - Cody GA-ME 2010

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    "Remember to follow the white blazes, not pink ones"

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    You will have bad days on the trail... you also have bad days off the trail. Don't let a bad day(s) stop your hike.

    Topo maps are nice, but what does it matter... you follow the white blazes and go where they lead you... is it necessary to know just how high that next mountain is?

    Can't believe this one isn't on here yet... one of the most talked about pieces of advice ever...
    Hike your own hike.

    Make your home where you are.

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    Don't order "sweet tea" in a cafe or restaurant North of Maryland, or you're sure to be disappointed.

    Getting good iced tea after you're out of the South is like finding good Bar-B-Q in Connecticut.

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    Grits, yes GRITS are hard to find once you head NOBO out of Virginia. So, make sure you have them in your shipments.

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    never put gold bond triple-strength foot powder on your chafed areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tarlin
    Don't order "sweet tea" in a cafe or restaurant North of Maryland, or you're sure to be disappointed.

    Getting good iced tea after you're out of the South is like finding good Bar-B-Q in Connecticut.
    And don't expect regular tea when you order tea south of Maryland, even it's breakfast time.
    "Sleepy alligator in the noonday sun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tarlin

    Getting good iced tea after you're out of the South is like finding good Bar-B-Q in Connecticut.

    There's good iced tea in the south? Gee, you learn something new every day.

    The difference between BBQ in the south and the north is that its a verb in the north, and a noun in the south.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tarlin
    Getting good iced tea after you're out of the South is like finding good Bar-B-Q in Connecticut.
    for northern BBQ, you can't beat the spring creek cook house in monson.....it's better than a lot of what i've had down here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the goat
    never put gold bond triple-strength foot powder on your chafed areas.
    Especially the GREEN bottle of Gold Bond - menthol!
    ad astra per aspera

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    Just a couple I have used along the way:
    The journey is the destination.
    Savor the Moments!
    Be good to your feet and they will be good to you.
    Jojo Smiley :)
    Savor the Moments!

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    Close the lid to your fuel bottle, or make sure that all connections are leak free BEFORE you light your stove! I always move my fuel bottle 3 or 4 feet away, just in case!

    Note: Do NOT over tighten connections, you could strip them out, then your problems will be seriously increased.

    I paint my: tent stakes, knife, etc. Dayglow orange. It makes them easier to find when I drop them, which I seem to do all too often.

    Copied from JasonKlass' post on another forum:
    Here's an idea for adding an ultralight D-Ring to the shoulder straps or anywhere else you want it on your pack. No special tools required: only scissors.
    http://www.freewebs.com/jasonklass/a...lightdring.htm
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    As my Platoon sgt in korea used to say just keep walkin thats what the infantry does youll know when we get there cause ill tell you , in my words just walk at your pace and your time schedule youll know when youve got there or had enough your body will tell you. Also DUCT DUCT and dental floss.

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