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  1. Archaeopterix

    A great friend and prolific hiker - Archaeopterix is in need of our prayers. Archae has hiked the AT almost every year since 1997 and has completed the trail completely twice with only Maine to go for a third. He thru'd in 2004. During that year and hike he was diagnosed with leukemia and has battled the disease valiantly since. A native of New Jersey, he has lived in New Zealand for over ten years holding dual citizenship. This morning he called to say goodbye as his doctor believes he is ...
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  2. Bailed from Hike

    I didn't get very far. Had far to much weight and arthritis was much worse than I thought.
    Got as far as Hightower Gap and then got a ride with two wonderful female school teachers from Indiana to the Hiker Hostel where my wife picked me up. Talking about "trail angels"? These two ladies volunteered to carry my 51 lb pack for six miles to where they had parked while I carried their child carrier to Hightower. I met up with them at Hightower and they gave me a ride in. I don't think ...

    Updated 04-19-2011 at 20:00 by BOBINJAX

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  3. QUIET and BEARS and ICE/RAIN on the AT

    QUIET ON THE AT: 31 miles in 2 days. Made it to Blood Mtn Shelter last night just as the rain and ice pelted from the sky. Hung his food and took protection in the shelter.....only to look out the window to see a Black Bear climb a tree to get one of the hikers food packs...QUIET runs out (15' from the bear) to grab his food and take it into the shelter. Since the shelter windows had wood slats over them to keep the water out - all should have been safe...NOT....later that evening a 500 ...
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  4. Starting My Hike

    Getting ready to head back up to Springer to start my hike. The weathe report is terrible for this afternoon and tonight so I hope to get to a shelter and get set up before it hits.
    The rest of the week is forecast to be great.
    Wish me luck..........................
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  5. Getting Ready to Start

    Made it to Springer Mtn on 4/2 and went to the top from the north side of the mtn. Plan a shuttle from the visitors' center tomorrow morning over to Springer Mtn to pick up there. Sure hope I have enough but not to much gear. Have already met several very nice people and hope to meet up with them again on the train. Thanks to my wonderful spouse for driving me up to N. Ga. from Fla. and even hiking up to Springer with me.
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