Early in my hike, I stopped at a shelter table for lunch and got tired of some arrogant jerk spouting off against light gear (HMHDI!). So I walked around the side to get some peace to finish my lunch and sat down right next to a wad of used toilet paper. Fortunately, that was probably my worst hour on the entire AT, maybe because I stayed away from shelters after that.
"Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence." John Muir on expedition planning
ok again color me stupid but HMHDI?
never mind I googled it lol
I don't like shelters but I'll stay in one if it's raining or going to rain because I like carrying a wet tent even less.
Well, a lot of people go hiking to get away from people, why spend a night with a bunch of sick mofos when you can go down the trail, set up a tent and have a nice night to yourself!
I like to meet and talk to folks staying at the shelters, but would never sleep in one simply because of the lack of privacy. I go to the shelters when I can, and camp close to one, but far enough away so that I don't get the mice.
Shelters are filled with communist perverts.
5:00 am alarms. why? why? why? If you leave by 9:00 you can still get 8 to 10 hours of hiking in each day with plenty of time to make camp. The most beneficial sleep comes in the last couple of hours before you wake. That good REM sleep. Quiet hours 10:00 to 6:00. Sometimes I like to stay up a little later and sometimes I like to wake up a little later but 10:00 to 6:00 sounds reasonable if you are at a shelter with others.
My son talked me into staying at the Roan Cabin this summer. The mice ate all his trail mix and tore up my tissue.
I'm not really a hiker, I just play one on White Blaze.
Why must you feel the need to tell people when to get up? I don't ever set an alarm but generally am up at 430-5 am and on the trail by 7 the latest if I can. I try to be as quiet as I can leaving a shelter or campsite, as I expect people to be as quiet as they can at night...although I generally can sleep through a fire pit party.
Sorry barely make it to 10pm at home...in the woods after hiking I'm in bed at 8. I like to hike early, get to camp early and relax. Plus...you can catch some good sunrises. We hike slow...you can catch a cat nap on the trail