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  1. My Gear List

    Backpack Outdoor Products Frame pack 8.0 4 lbs
    Tent 2 person 2.5 lbs.
    Sleeping Bag Mummy 0* 3 lbs.
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  2. A Journey of 2000 Miles Begins With a Single Step...

    ...I can't believe I used that awful cliche. Guess it shows that I'm a little nervous about actually starting the hike. Figured it would be good to leave Springer on my 65th birthday -- March 30 -- but if anyone thinks that's too late (the date, not my age!) please let me know. Besides my family, my interests are writing, photography, fishing and ham radio. Hopefully I can work all of them into my hike at one point or another. As others have said, got the gear, practiced some hikes, broken in the ...
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  3. The Count Down Begins...

    I am sure all that are planning on doing the AT in 2013 are pinching themselves... are we crazy and am I really going to do this. Yes, the gear has been bought, after trying some and seeing new hiking gear I now have enough for two people! The pack with 4 days of food is around 30lbs. Did some winter camping and hiking to make sure I had enough warm stuff to start with - getting a pair of Canadian wool socks for at night, especially going through the Smokies in March. Counting down 30 days till ...
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  4. Done with gear.

    All gear has arrived. Pack with 4 days of food and two liters of water is 37 pounds. I do not know how people go lighter, I have been over and over what is packed, except for food and water, I do not know where I can cut any weight.
    This is the pack I will start the trail with and see if anyone has tips on how to go lighter.
    Just under 2 months left before we head for Georgia, I have excited days, and scared days, and days when I don't believe I am going to do this.
    I wish ...
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  5. AT-37 Days

    The high today was 18. I went ice-boating on the lake for a short run but the snowdrifts were too solid and the ride rough. So I came back inside and once more unpacked and repacked my AT pack. Anyone else done that yet? 100 times? I rechecked my daughter's pack, still 16 lbs. She carries the tent but no food. Checked my pack, still 16 lbs without food. I carry the cooking gear and the food for the 3 of us so on mail drop days my pack might weigh as much as 28lbs but it gets lighter every ...