I hope I'm posting in the right section.
I am writing this as I sit in my hotel room, out of town on a work trip. I have been blazing on this site for the past several hours reading posts and figured that I would ask for some advice. I have been a member reading on the topics here for months but this is my first post, hello all.
I am planning on attempting a thru hike this April, which for I have been preparing over the past several years. This past year putting forth the most effort. As our departure date gets closer, we must decide on our itinerary. For a variety of reasons (personal and logistical) I was considering doing a three part thru hike. Me and the mate I’ll be hiking with are both planning on bringing our four–legged companions(enhancers of our senses) . Note: I am not trying to make this post any issue of dogs on AT.
Start in southern New York April 2009 begin to hike south to/near Blacksburg, VA. Return to NY and continue northward to the Northern terminus in Maine (hurray, Katahdin hopefully). Return to VA and finish south bound to Springer, late 2009 finish.
This plan would vary from the typical NOBO thru hike, with the majority. I think we would be missing a large part of the good interactions with many of the other hikers during the beginning/concuring stages of our hike. I feel we might also miss some of the potential friendships that are made during a complete NOBO hike. Time is getting closer for us to finalize our itinerary in planning out mail drops and time schedule, so I thought I could ask for an opinion of our three section plan. I try to consider a variety of pros and cons and the three part hike seems to fit everything the best.
I cannot start until mid-late April due to work, but I want to be able to hike at a pace that is considerate of our dogs. We cannot hike a quick hike in 5 months, our plan is allowing for many shorter days to begin with and to take when they are needed for the dogs. The thought of dividing our hike allowed for a longer hiking season in “temperate” conditions and also lowered the potential of interactions with any non-hiking-dog individuals on the trail and in camp.
This will be my first thru-hike attempt, but am determined. Any luck and advice I could get will only be a benefit. I would love to hear your opinions on our itinerary, and please inquire on any aspects I might be overlooking.
Cheers and look forward to running into the 2009 hikers.