Since curiosity has gotten the best of me..I just thought I would throw this question straight out:
If one where to start an AT thru hike north bound from Springer Mountain at the absolute peak time (worst case scenario) just how bad are the crowds?
People lined up like going like cars bunched up at Hookset, NH tolls on a nice summer day (if you live in New Hampshire or near here you have heard what that is like)? Is the summit of Springer Mountain totally over run and abused by the hordes of hikers? I have these visions..and I hope it's not true!!
Do most start on the approach trail or from the Forest Service Road? How soon does the attrition really start? are those stories about folks dropping out on the approach trail REALLY true??