I'm sorry, but I have just got to comment on the threads that have been closed. I've hiked just over 500 miles of the AT and I would like to tell of a couple of instances that I have experienced.
First, at Justus Creek. I met a guy who went out of his way to help me set up my tent, hang my food bag, and generally watched out for me and another gal the rest of the section I was hiking. What a gentleman! We still remain in contact.
Secondly, while hiking in the Smokies, another female hiker and I had to tent outside a shelter while 14 guys were safely locked away inside, behind the chain link fence. Two guys gave up their spots in the shelter and slept outside, cowboy style, with us in case some unfriendly wildlife showed up. Again, pure gentlemen.
I have had nothing but great experiences from the men I have met on the trail and am always impressed with how solo women hikers are looked out for. THAT is the norm on the AT, as far as I have experienced. Just wanted to put that on record. Thanks Guys!!
Would love to hear from other women who have had similar, gentlemanly, experiences.