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    A friend and I are planning to hike the New Jersey portion of the AT sometime this summer, any advice on gear/trails/anything at all would be very helpful.

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    http://www.backpacker.com/november_0...s/12659?page=4

    Hmmmm, not a whole lot more to say about a gear list. I'd try to do a couple shakedown hikes if you can before you go otherwise you'll prolly carry way too much and cuss a lot on the trail....... Good luck.
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    That actually doesn't look too bad, I was more so worried about carrying too little haha. Thank you!

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    Wrote this a while back...maybe it will help?
    http://www.pmags.com/backpacking-a-beginners-primer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    Wrote this a while back...maybe it will help?
    http://www.pmags.com/backpacking-a-beginners-primer
    Thank you for that, I guess I should have mentioned that we are both boyscouts and I have some experience backpacking in New Mexico (90+ miles). I guess I am looking for more AT related advice rather than just general.

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    A good part of the trail in NJ is a swamp. Bring lots of bug spray!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minderbinder View Post
    Thank you for that, I guess I should have mentioned that we are both boyscouts and I have some experience backpacking in New Mexico (90+ miles). I guess I am looking for more AT related advice rather than just general.
    You should read mag's article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minderbinder View Post
    Thank you for that, I guess I should have mentioned that we are both boyscouts and I have some experience backpacking in New Mexico (90+ miles). I guess I am looking for more AT related advice rather than just general.
    That will certainly help.

    Was it Philmont by any chance?

    Beautiful area.

    But, organized boy scout trips may be a bit different than self-organized backpacking trips. I was a boy scout once as well...and found out the hard way.

    (Never backpacked in Philmont..spent time in the general area well after my Boyscout days! )

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    Another Mags article - more AT specific

    http://www.pmags.com/a-quick-and-dir...alachian-trail

    If it was Philmont in NM, I've done both Philmont and sections of the AT. A lot of differences but hiking and backpacking are very similar anywhere. The planning part is way different.
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    New Jersey was a pleasant surprise when we hiked it with a lot of ridge walking so you should be able to make pretty good time. Part of the trail takes you through a bird sanctuary as you hike through the drowned lands. You'll also go over a pretty long boardwalk at one point. I can't remember the route number but there's a pretty good farm stand just off the trail where you can get fresh fruit, veggies, ice cream and what not.

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    Let mesuggest you hike the A.T. from Delaware Water Gap to the Bear Mountain Bridge in New York. That's a little over a 100 miles, or just more than 10 miles a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIhikers View Post
    Let mesuggest you hike the A.T. from Delaware Water Gap to the Bear Mountain Bridge in New York. That's a little over a 100 miles, or just more than 10 miles a day.
    One of the nice things about this hike are that both ends of it are readily accesible using public transportiaton

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    Don't carry a lot of food

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    Wrote this a while back...maybe it will help?
    http://www.pmags.com/backpacking-a-beginners-primer
    This is great! I am sharing it with all our scouts. We will be going on a 2-day trip next weekend (20 mile loop of the North Country Trail and Manistee River Trail). About 6 of them are new to backpacking. Thanks for sharing!

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    my first ever hike was in this section starting at the rt 80 trailhead and I my friend and I each carried about 80 pounds a piece. man that sucked, lol. Its a beautiful area, crawling with bears though so def hang your food.

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    P.S. troop 86 represent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Do a lot of study on WB and read the articles. This would be a real good way to prepare and obtain info on all the changes that have come to backpacking since our BSA days.
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