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09-16-2005, 01:09
Just curious as to who will be out there. Please, post your start date (exact or approx), number in party, expected miles/day, etc.

Frieden - female, 36, FL
Ed - male, 1, FL
Start date: Early March
# in party: 2
Miles/day: 10 - 20
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: 7 mos.
Reason: Vision quest; taking time to savor nature and smell the flowers (after the snow melts); plan to take lots and lots of pictures.

09-16-2005, 01:29
Digger - male, 53, NC
Start date: mid to late march
# in party: 1, so not much of a party
Miles/day: 8-10 start, 15-20 later
Of day: when I feel like it
ETA Katahdin: when I get there
Reason: one of these days I will figure that out.

09-16-2005, 07:45
justusryans- male 41, female 36
Start Date- early March
# in party- 2
Miles/Day- whatever
off day- 1 in 7
ETA Katahdin- yes
Reason- lots of reasons

09-16-2005, 16:58
Turtle2 -50 female
Start date late March
Miles/Day- Early 8-10 Overall avg 15
Off Day - Whenever
ETA Katahdin - Mid Sept.
Have got that urge.

09-16-2005, 20:38
Matt and Nicole
Start Date- March 1st
# in party- 2
Miles/Day- 7-10 early, high teens later
off day- few and far in between, can always make some progress
ETA Katahdin- five months
Reason- I took a 4,100 mile bike trip from Oregon to Maine last summer. While riding one of my friends (the Gambler) hooked me on the idea of thru-hiking. I figure I might as well string along as many adventures as I can before I leap into a career. My girlfriend didn't like the idea of me leaving her out on more fun, so she's coming along.

09-16-2005, 20:45
Start date March 22
#= Just me
Miles/Day- Early 8-10 Overall avg 15
Off Day - Whenever
ETA Katahdin - Mid Sept.
I've had the idea in the back of head for the last 12 years or so and 2 novembers ago I went on a weekend trip and ran into a few thru hikers and from then on I have been planning. So this year is my turn.

09-16-2005, 23:12
F 40 FL
Start date ; 4/1 - 4/25 ( TBA)
# 1 - but looking to hook up with others prior to establish contacts
Miles/Day 1st 2 wks: 8-10 Overall Avg 20-25
Off Day whenever ( or as blisters ( if any) require in first 10 days)
ETA Big K - when I'm on top
Reason: Have done several long Sections and just want to go the distance, meet some of you awsome folks from the class of 06

09-17-2005, 17:35
Shrimp or M.K. Mailler
starting March 27th (day after mom's birthday)
Male, 23 week after start date
Only myself, until I find someone else to hike with for a while
Miles/Day will start around 8-10, not exactly sure yet, and hopefully will advance to 20 or more.
1 0-day per week so far planned, hoping for no more than that.
ETA late july or early august, as I might decide to yo-yo, depending on how I feel.
Reason: Not sure, but I've been planning this thing for 3+ years now and it's been getting pushed back repeatedly. It's about time I escape for a while.

Hammock Hanger
09-17-2005, 19:10
Are any of you keeping online journals??? Sue/HH

09-18-2005, 08:21
Derrick and Carrie (26/28 by then), CT
Start Date- April 1st (days before or after, depending on good weather)
# in party- 2
Miles/Day- 7-10 first 1-2 weeks, whatever we need to do later (I can't imagine many 20+ days but maybe that stamina kicks in)
off day- morale days will be taken and enjoyed as needed
ETA Katahdin- 6 months
Reason- We will have been seriously planning, saving and "shaking down" for 2 years by then. We think the best time for us to go is pre-mortgage and pre-kids and that means now.

neighbor dave
09-18-2005, 08:50
can i go too???????:jump :banana :welcome :clap :sun :jump :banana :sun :welcome :clap

09-18-2005, 09:10
Hey ya, Hammock hanger I am on trail journals it is currently up and running but some changes may be made between now and my departure for gear and such.

www.trailjournals.com/cheesewhiz (http://www.trailjournals.com/cheesewhiz)

09-18-2005, 09:24
Marc - male, 33, NJ
Start date: Mid March
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 10 - 25
Off day: once everyother week
ETA Katahdin: 5 1/2 mos.
Reason: tired of dreaming about it, time to do it

09-18-2005, 11:07
I was hoping this would stay as a straight roster (no comments), to make it easier to reference. We can't edit the posts, so maybe new additions add "trail journal site" to the list? Or simply post, "My trail journal: 'link' "

My trail journal:

www.trailjournals.com/frieden (http://www.trailjournals.com/frieden)

09-18-2005, 11:37
I plan to thru hike with an approximate start date of March 21 from Amicolola Falls State Park northbound. This will be my first ever very long distance hike.


09-20-2005, 09:37
Transcriber, 49, female
Leave mid to late March, 2006, NOBO
7-10 first week or two, then average 12-15 mpd
Estimated time to Katahdin about 6 months
Started up TJ journal just yesterday
Reason: Love to hike, be out in the woods; look forward to the challenge and want to see if I can do it!

09-20-2005, 09:43
James (no trail name yet)- male 28
Start Date- No later than April 1st
# in party- 1
Miles/Day- whatever
off day- when i can't stand the smell of myself any longer
ETA Katahdin- September 17th......my 29th birthday......
Reason- do i really need one....????

09-20-2005, 10:53
Yep, I'll be signing up on trailjournals closer to the trip.

09-20-2005, 11:06
I was hoping this would stay as a straight roster (no comments), to make it easier to reference. We can't edit the posts, so maybe new additions add "trail journal site" to the list? Or simply post, "My trail journal: 'link' "

My trail journal:

www.trailjournals.com/frieden (http://www.trailjournals.com/frieden)Attroll had a table set up for this last year 2005 and a limited access 2005 hiker forum. If you contact him, I'll bet he would accomodate you and perhaps make any modifications you might want.

09-20-2005, 13:23
golden runner (this is what my wife calls me /sigh, not sure I'll let it get to the trail) - male 32, GA
blacktoe ironhand - female, 29, GA

Start date: est. April 9th
# in party: 2
Miles/day: 15-25
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: 100-120 days

Reason: Live an old dream, having fun, gaining more outdoor knowledge for adventure racing. Hopefully, this will give us a good low level aerobic base for our Ironman Florida race in Nov 2006.

Trailjournals page: not yet but I might...

Old Spice
09-20-2005, 17:10
I am looking to start around the 21st of March and would like to finish sometime between the middle to end of August. I hiked the 100 mile wilderness in Maine a few years back and want to do the whole thing now that I have the time and money.

09-20-2005, 18:05
APPLE m 55 yrs old
austin, texas
starting april 1
I have been a trail angel for 4 years and I'm sick of just watching

Kaptain Kangaroo
09-21-2005, 05:32
Chris - male, 37, Sydney, Australia
Start date: March 3
# in party: 1
Miles/day: Legs will decide..... but hopefully 15-20
Off day: when needed.
ETA Katahdin: 5 months.
Reason: Tricky one !......... the challenge, the scenery, the people......the not having to go to work for 6 months !!!! ;-)

Old Spice
09-21-2005, 23:11
I plan to thru hike with an approximate start date of March 21 from Amicolola Falls State Park northbound. This will be my first ever very long distance hike.


see you there... as long as the money for the trip keeps coming in.

09-21-2005, 23:52
Thomas(no trail name yet)- male 34
Start Date- No later than April 1st
# in party- 1
Miles/Day- Slow to start, then, who knows...
ETA Katahdin- ???
Reason- all the above (and more):clap
Trail journal coming soon...

Can't wait to see ya'll out there!!

09-23-2005, 22:18
Hi ya Class of 2006,

Richard - openly Gay Deaf male - 36 - Albuquerque, NM|relocate after AT
Hearing level: Day - Hard of Hearing; Night / raining - Deaf
# in party: 1
Setting off date: April 4th; thru-hiking from Amicalola Fall State Park access trail on the 3rd.
Off day: When require
1st Zero days: Lehigh Gap, PA - 1st to 4th of July (Scranton, PA)
2nd Zero days: maybe accept invitation to NYC (Staten Island), see WTC
ETA Katahdin, o great mountain: 5-5 1/2-6 months
Reason: 1st - Final theshold to promise made in 1982, Newfound Gap, TN/NC; 2nd - Await for novel publication!
Final comment: While I am about to be struck with this name and this is not trail-given name for me personally, I am more incline for your feedback and comment on what formal trail name should I acquire. Deafsmart, the name came from my grade school days.

09-23-2005, 22:39
Hi ya Class of 2006,

Off day: When require
1st Zero days: Lehigh Gap, PA - 1st to 4th of July (Scranton, PA)
2nd Zero days: maybe accept invitation to NYC (Staten Island), see WTC

Miles per day: 10-12-16-18-16-12. I don't know what those blazes bring me.
Off day: When require such as chores and shopping days as well R&R.
1st Remote-Zero days: Lehigh Gap, PA - 1st to 4th of July (Scranton, PA).
2nd Remote-Zero days: maybe accept invitation to NYC (Staten Island), to tour WTC and meet agent and editor.

Note: Remote-Zero days, as indicated above, means I'll be out of AT reach such as more than 15 miles (24.14 km)

09-24-2005, 00:56
April hiker fool bash is planned for the week of April 1st week in Franklin for 2006 hikers.
Last year was a success and every one enjoyed it.Now we are planning to make this an annual event.Also for those of you who would like to be venders at this rally contact us
at [email protected] or watch for the post of this big hiker party which will run 5 days in
Franklin.Free rides to/from Winding Stair,Wallace or Rock Gaps trailheads.Plan to attend

09-24-2005, 22:27
Count me in too!

Russ "Rusty Jones" : male, 30, Michigan
Start date: Mid March, keeping it flexible based on weather next spring
# in party: me, myself, and I. (ok, that's just 1 I guess) ;)
Miles/Day: Not one to dwell on such trivalities.
Off days: Whenever I require a pizza infusion.
ETA to K: Doesn't really matter, I'm unemployed after Feb. 28th.
Reason: You'd think after the number of times we get asked this I'd come up with something profound, or at least witty, but nope. "Because I've always wanted to" seems the best so far.
TrailJournal: http://www.trailjournals.com/rusty075/

09-25-2005, 09:02
Trying the AT again....

Pinkie (recieved the trail name Twinkie last year, which i hope to shed)
Start: mid may (not in Georgia, or even Maine like last year, but somewhere inbetween)
# in party: I'll be with my mom to start with, but just whoever i end up hiking with later.
Miles/day: same as last year, what i feel like doing, i'm out there to enjoy myself
Off days: whenever a town is nicely positioned, or a spot is just too beautiful to leave (peirce pond leanto, if only i had enough food to stay... i wish i would have, thats a nice place). Well less than once a week in town though, town isnt where its at.
ETA to K: dont know if i'll make it. Did it last year, liked it, and i dont know how much i will feel like doing this year (but having the finaces and time for a thu if i wish)
Reason: I left the trail this summer, and want to go back. Its hard when your there, but i wouldnt want to be anywhere else.

09-26-2005, 15:56
start date- around april 1st
#in party-2 (my husband Patrick)
Off day- when needed
ETA Katahdin-6 months
Reason- Too many to name, but maybe I'll know the true reason in the end (or 5 years from then)

Grey Fox
09-27-2005, 23:03
Grey Fox
male 23
Starting feb 28
miles: as they come
Boone, NC
www.trailjournals.com/greyfox (http://www.trailjournals.com/greyfox)

09-28-2005, 11:25
name: julia
# in party: 2 (my soon to be husband kenny-getting married the eight of april and heading off)
starting date: soon after we get married...
reason: why not? centering time
huntington, indiana

09-28-2005, 11:28
start date: soon after the eighth of april
# in party: 2 (myself and my soon to be husband kenny)
miles/day: as many as our bodies allow
off day: as needed
eta katahdin: 5 months??
reason: why not? centering time

09-28-2005, 12:05
Age---------------23 years old
Start Date--------April 12-25(TBA)
Number in Party---1
Miles per day------18-22 miles
Off day-----------when i need it
ETA Katahdin------when i get there
Reason------------all of the above, clarity, be completely dependant on myself, self accomplishment, see east coast staes in all their beauty

[email protected]

09-28-2005, 15:24
Mightybuzz - 35/male
Start date midMarch
Miles/Day- Early 10-12 Overall avg 15
Off Day - we'll see
ETA Katahdin - Late Sept.

09-28-2005, 21:24
Hey all,

I plan to thru hike the AT north bound from Springer this coming spring. I will be starting on March 21st 2006 on the Approach trail from the park.

I am planning on averaging 12-15 miles or so a day, and plan on taking roughly 6 months of the trip. I may get a few higher milage days in but speed is not my goal! I am out there to enjoy the hiking and the overall experience.

I have been thinking of doing the AT for years and finally the time is right! I am single, unattached and have the resources. I will be going to the ALDHA gathering at Dartmouth this coming Columbus weekend..hope to see you all there!


I just have to add this little tid bid I just thought of... A 6 month thru hike is a fabulous reason to quit a job I don't really like that much!!:banana

09-30-2005, 01:25
Name: Ali
Sex Female
AGE 25 in dec.

Name: Russ
SEX Male
AGE 21

Start date: March or April
Miles/Day: 10-20
Off days: as many as we need
Reason: For all the views and to get married at a resort in Central VA.

09-30-2005, 19:16
Finally got my trail journal up and running:

10-03-2005, 01:26
Justin - 23, ME
James - 23, ME
Start date: Mid March
# in party: 2
Miles/day: 10 - 20
Off day: as needed
ETA Katahdin: 6 months
Reason: To make the dream come true.

10-03-2005, 12:41
I keep waiting for some more SOBOs to show up on the master list. I know we're a breed apart but...

10-03-2005, 14:25
Finally, after following Whiteblaze since February 2005 I have decided it's time to join in the fun! First of all I want to thank everyone who contributes to this amazing community. I've learned so much over the course of the last eight months and couldn't have progressed in my planning without it.

Sara --- 28 NY
Darrel --- 27 NY
Chela --- 4 1/2 year old chocolate lab NY
Start Date --- 4/1/06
miles per day --- 10-15 (more when possible, less when necessary)
zero days --- 1 out of 7-10 days
Finish Line --- Some time in September
Why --- Hiking is our passion. It has brought us together as a couple and it keeps us sane! Life is too short and precious to put off our dreams any longer. We are taking the plunge, selling the house and quitting our jobs!

10-03-2005, 18:58
# in party: 1
Male 34, Burbank, CA
Start date: Jan 01, 2006
Looking forward to cold weather and snow
ETA Katahdin: 150 days approx. (no later)

10-05-2005, 00:09
mike mcgowan (KS_Rockstar) age 31
start date early june
# in party 1
miles per day 40 (im hoping to set the record for fastest un-aided through hike)
off day none
why: peter palmer did it in 48 days in 1999 but that was aided (doesnt count in my book). even if im not trying to go fast, im gonna finish in around 60 days so i figured i might as well push a bit and see if i can set a record.

ps, does anybody know an exact number of days for the fastest un-aided south to north???

10-05-2005, 00:24
NOBO 2006 :clap

Number in Party-- 5
Melissa-- 35
Brad-- 15
Kasey-- 14
Brittney-- 10
Heidi-- 6 (American Eskimo)

Start Date-- Hoping for middle of May
End Date-- when we finish
Time on Trail-- as long as needed

Days off --as needed
Miles per day-- 10 to start up to 15

It's a dream, and because we can try. We may not finish but we hope to have the chance to try.

10-05-2005, 23:12
I've been thinking about the trail for quite a while now and if I'm going to commit, I need to commit to now. Is there anyone going NOBO from the Missoula, MT area?

Chim Chim
10-07-2005, 17:15
Chim Chim - Female, 27, CO
Start - Mid March
# in Party: Going solo so far. I hope to find a buddy or two along the way.
Miles/day: as far as my feet will take me.
Off days: when in need, and a few days for a wedding mid summer.
ETA Katahdin: Say mid August?
Reason: Because dreaming is never enough.

10-07-2005, 18:53
April (my real name - no trail name yet) - F, 26, WV

Start date: April 2

# in party: 1

Miles per day: 5-20 (planning on starting slow, increasing distance as I feel ready)

Off days: 6 zeros planned (I'm on a budget), have other hostel stays and town stops planned as well, just not overnight.

ETA Katahdin: Anytime mid-september to early october

Reason: Always wanted to hike the trail. Going through at major transition in my life right now and the time just seems right.

10-09-2005, 10:14
Starting: February 14, 2006
Number in Party: 2 plus one Stuffed (don't tell him) Dog
Milage per day: Whatever feels good at the time - avg usually 12-15 miles
Number of days on trail: 4-6 months (smelling the roses & other hikers)

Returning to Springer after completing 1400 miles in 2003 - this is Part Dur
:banana :clap :D

Good Luck to the class of 2006

10-09-2005, 21:59
Pat - female 47 PA
Start Date - Mid March
# in party - 1 but looking for more
miles/day - 10 in the beginning 15 to 20 later

Can't wait to start ;)

10-10-2005, 16:27
Starting February 1ST
Patriot age 54 male

10-10-2005, 18:50
Grinds - 24, male
Party: Possibly 2 (otherwise solo)
From: Chicago, IL
Start date: Mid-March
Miles/Day- Early 8-10 Overall avg 15
Off Day - Whenever needed
ETA Katahdin - Mid Sept.
Reasons: It's always been a dream for me. I'm not sure if it's the right thing to do, now that I have a decent job, but what the hell, I'll take my chances. I'd rather survive by working for food anyway. Most importantly though, it's something for myself that I think people truly need. After spending a week in Virginia this year, I'm more excited than ever. Anyone from Chi-Town going?

10-10-2005, 19:01
Sarah - female 23 (with 3 year old dog Sammy)
Start date: March 11th
# in party: 2
Miles per day: 15-20
Off Day: 1 day per week
ETA: Katadin, mid to late Sept.
Reason: Sibling rivalry, I have to get past my brothers stopping point.

Jerry Lutgen
10-12-2005, 17:10
Cookie - male, 62, Tx
Start Date: March 1
# in party: Me
Miles/Day: Whatever it takes
Off Days: 1 day every week or two
ETA Katadin: Sept
Reason: A dream and a challange

10-13-2005, 20:59
:clap T-minus 6 months!

Kim (trail name hasn't found me yet) female, 32, NJ
Start Date: April 15th for the Approach Trail, April 16th on the AT (Happy Birthday to me!)
# in party: 3 (me, myself and I)
Miles/Day: First 2 weeks, 8-12 but AVG 17-20+
Off Days: When I need one
ETA Katahdin: September
Reason: Time to cross the last of 4 off my original "Things to Do Before I Die" list that I wrote when I was 6. ;) (of course, now I have a new and much longer list...) There is no "someday", right?

Trail Journal: www.trailjournals.com/kimberly (http://www.trailjournals.com/kimberly)

Can't wait to see y'all out there! Of course...looks like I will be chasing most of you down since I seem to be starting later than most. :p

10-14-2005, 22:52
Start: 15 March
# in Party: 1
Miles/Day: :-? depends on the day
Off Days: :-? depends on the opportunity
ETA Katahdin: August
Reason: I have a list, not just in my head, but written down of things to do before I venture into the world beyond. Most of the things on the list are crossed off, but not all of them. I have yet to sail across an ocean (wife ain't too cool with dat ;)) and I have yet to hike the AT (wife's cool with dat :D.)


10-18-2005, 16:19
Noah - male, 18, NY
Start date: late March NOBO
Miles/day: 20+
Off day: n/a
ETA Katahdin: 3+ months
Reason: why do fish swim?

10-19-2005, 23:38
:clap mike/26

start date/feb,12
good luck to everyone who is hiking next year

10-22-2005, 11:49
WhoAh - male, old, Central Fl
Start date: April 2
Just section hiking from Springer to however far I can get in 10 - 12 days
Miles/day: whatever feels good
Off day: n/a
ETA Katahdin: not for awhile, unfortunately.....
Reason: like everyone else - 'cause we love it

10-23-2005, 00:11
Trooper - Male, 35, Florida
Start Date - Mid March NoBo
# In Party - Solo
Miles Per Day - 8 to 20??? We'll see lol
Off Day - as needed
ETA Katahdin - When i get there, will HMOH
Reason - Whether to find myself, or lose myself, I do not know. I live with my brother that is paralyzed from the chest down, and have a healthy view on how short and hard life can be. I guess the most I can hope from my attempt is a revitalization of my life, and thru me, my brothers life as well.

10-24-2005, 15:40
name: keith, male 26
Start date: around march 27th
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 5-10 early on
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: whenever i get there

10-25-2005, 10:32
Bill Murphy - male, 32, Ann Arbor, MI
Start date: After Chicago St. Pat's Parade
# in party: 1
Miles/day: Hoping to make 14-15 average, SLOW to start.
Off day: When possible
ETA Katahdin: before it closes
Reasons: (Stolen quotes from various others.)
1) Great doubt, great awakening.
2) To have days pass with the slow, majestic crawl of a summer in childhood.
3) I hope to find more than I am going looking for.

10-25-2005, 13:27
name: "Model T" male, 69, Woodlawn,TN

start date: April 1 2006

# in party: 1

miles/day: ?

Katahdin ETA: 6 months

REASON: TBA (can i edit this later?) :)

10-25-2005, 13:59
Model T Year of thru-hike: 1990, 1994, 1998

2006? You're 4 years late! Have another great hike!

10-25-2005, 14:08
(I'm actually flip-flopping with a mid-May start in Virginia, but I'll add myself to the list since eventually I'll be hiking with y'all)

Me: Scott, male, 33, central Illinois
Start date: May 20th, somewhere in Virginia, possibly near Roanoke
# in party: 1
Miles per day: hopefully 18 or so
Off days: not too often
ETA Katahdin: mid-September (fingers crossed)
Reason: It seems like a good thing to do after finishing a zillion years in graduate school.

10-26-2005, 01:35
Wildbill-40, Supply, NC

start: Mid to late March

# in party: me

miles per day: 8-15

off day: 1/week

ETA: 5-6 months

Reason: Still not sure

10-26-2005, 04:43
Name: Daniel
Location: Stockbridge (South Atlanta), GA
Age: 21
Start: 2 days after graduation (Mid May)
Number in party: 1
Miles per day: Mid to upper 20's (I have to finish before grad school starts)
Off day: Would love one a week, but not sure how it will fit the time table.
ETA: 12-14 Weeks
Reason: You'd get tired of hearing them all, but seeing the sights, being alone (an introvert's dream come true), seeing if I can do it, and a heck of a story to tell to grandkids seem to top the list.

10-26-2005, 08:39
gnkrush = 2 in party
start date ~march 20
end date sometime in September
miles per 8-12 at first
days off when we need 'em
reason not sure yet

Big Tex
10-28-2005, 00:54

Dallas, Texas
Male 47 years old

Start date: March 6th

R I F (perfect timing) "reduction in force" at the work place. Just enough time to prepare physically and mentally for the AT. Has been a dream for several years.
The "company" just doesnt know the favor they have bestowed upon me......

See you on the trail, with a smile on my face...


10-30-2005, 15:09
Name: Lance male 26, Athens, Ohia (Ohio)
Party = 2
Start Date: April 1stish
Miles a day 0 or alot, and anything in between
0 days: when appropriate
ETA: Katahdin, before they close it
Reason: 1. Thru-hikers make great community
2. I like to walk in the forest

10-30-2005, 17:02
Start date March 15th
Miles/Day- Hope to avg 14.5/day
ETA Katahdin - Mid Sept.
Because it's there!

10-30-2005, 17:38
Eric - Male, 30, Tx
Start date: April 1
# in party: Just me :)
Miles/day: Whatever feels comfortable
Off day: Ditto
ETA Katahdin: Whenever I arrive
Reason: Wait...we're supposed to have a reason? Im so screwed.

bt geek
11-02-2005, 13:26
Name: No Chance (the odds my wife gives me of succeeding)
Male, 48, Bethel, Ohio

Start date: March 18
# in party: 1
Miles/day: whatever works

ETA Katahdin: when I get there (hoping for late Sept)

Reason: Many, many, many! Start with "I've wanted to for 35 years". Add in that I currently hate my job, but don't know what I want to do next. Need some mental relaxation and stress relief. It's mid-life crisis time. And six months hiking the AT beats six months at a fat farm or in a gym for losing weight and getting fit!!! There's more that I can't (or won't) put into words.

11-02-2005, 16:04
Mogilews - Male, 30, FL
I don't know my trail name yet.
Start date: As soon as I can leave Springer with a light bag
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 10 +/- 5 miles
Off day: When I need them, GF's sister getting married in late April, possibly meeting friends in VA, PA, NY, and ME
ETA Katahdin: 6 mo
Reason: You've heard them all before.
"My fear is greater than my faith- but I walk"

11-03-2005, 01:50
Rick - male, 1, MA (but with others later for brief periods along the way)
Start date: I'm eyeing March 1st
# in party: 1 (although I'd like to find someone to start with, if not finish with)
Miles/day: Likely around 8-10 early on, but hopefully a solid average of 15 throughout
Off day: hard to say till I hit the trail
ETA Katahdin: 6 months
Reason: I'm going off to grad school in the fall, and I need some time to do something big (and something a bit nutty) before I go off on that final educational trek. ;)

11-03-2005, 07:26

11-07-2005, 21:56
Rick, M 60
Youngstown, OH
start date 3/15 Nobo
no in party - 1 (to start)
miles/day: 8-10 to start; avg 15-20 later
off days: 1/week
eta big K: Sept or whenever I get there
why: love the outdoors and have had as a life goal for years; newly-retired and still healthy, now is my time.

11-08-2005, 11:28
Just curious as to who will be out there. Please, post your start date (exact or approx), number in party, expected miles/day, etc.

Husko - male, 32, MI
Start date: June
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 10 - 20
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Springer: 7 mos.
Reason: There are too many to list here :banana

11-10-2005, 00:14
1. Jeff Powers, 46 & Debbie Pustoino, 48
2. Start from Springer April1, 2006
3. 2 in Party
4. Initially ~8 work up to 15
5. Planning 1 day rest/wk
6. ETA [with humility :)] Sept. something
7. We can't imagine anything more cool and NOW is the time!

Bob Killen
11-13-2005, 12:22
The whole Trail should take me 4-5 months, starting from GA. 50 or so years ago did the whole Trail from Maine, and almost gave up early. I'm glad I didn't, but now I have another 50 years under my belt. Starting 01 May, or as close as possible.

11-13-2005, 12:31
Hi Bob,

Fifty or so years ago?

You got to know that we have got to know more!

The hardcore AT history buffs would really like to know more!!

Can you share a bit, perhaps in a new thread?

Rick Boudrie

(A Southbounder from 20 or so years ago)

11-13-2005, 22:32
Mel - female, 25, Maryland
# in party - 1
Start Date - On or around April 1st
Miles per day - Very slow to start will increase miles as I go
Off days - Whenever I need one
ETA Katahdin - September
Reason - Spiritual awakenening. Right now I have nothing tying me down. This is something I have to do before I even concidered settling down. Now is the perfect time to go.

11-13-2005, 22:32
19 years old
leaving-march 1st from springer
# in party-3
from nashville, tn

11-14-2005, 13:51
Leaving Springer March 3rd
walking solo
first long distant hike, not sure how many I will need to take off
plan to finish in mid August

11-15-2005, 01:37
Leaving Springer March 3rd
walking solo
first long distant hike, not sure how many I will need to take off
plan to finish in mid AugustPutski how did you come by that trail name?:-?

11-15-2005, 09:36
The name was given because of the behavior similiar to the famous Polish wrestler, Ivan Putski. Of course that was many years ago now. Will have to see if a new trail name is given next year.

11-16-2005, 12:42
My wife and her friend will be joining me.

What size pack sould I go with. A salesman suggested a 3700-4200 pack but I'm not sure. My wife and her friend plan on using me as a pack mule. I weigh 205 and I'd like to keep my pack down to around 35lbs.

11-16-2005, 17:57
This is just a roster. If you want to post questions, responses, etc, you'll want to start a new thread, or add to an existing one. Hope to see ya'll out there!

11-16-2005, 21:49
The name was given because of the behavior similiar to the famous Polish wrestler, Ivan Putski. Of course that was many years ago now. Will have to see if a new trail name is given next year.That's
why I ask.I pro Wrestled in the late 70s and I remember Putski.I thought by chance you were his son or grandson.This was the days also of his cousin the mighty Igor.

11-19-2005, 15:40
davedanger male 25
start date- june 1 approx.
# in party- just me
miles/day- as many as I want
off days- as few as possible
ETA Springer- Nov.- Dec. approx.

Reason- A life long dream of mine and 2006 works for me!

Good luck to all the '06 thru hikers!!!See you on the trail!!!

Bigfoot 2X
11-20-2005, 15:04
Bigfoot 2X
Male, 48, Kentucky
starting March 15-22
# in party: 1
miles/day: 8-10 starting, more when able
off day: when needed, 3-4 days in May for daughter's college graduation
ETA Katahdin: mid to late Sept.
Reasons: life long dream, right time in life, if not now it will never happen

old school
11-20-2005, 17:09
Billy ( old school ) Kim ( new day )and Nick (malibu's most wanted ) party of 3 leaving mid march. we will take about six months to get there. happy trails.......A BAD DAY ON THE TRAIL IS STILL A DAY ON THE TRAIL:clap

11-20-2005, 18:41
Ranger, Male, 54, Georgia
Start-Feb. 19
#in party- 1
Miles- 15-20
Off days- as needed
Eta Katahdin- ?
Reason- Have section hiked for years. Retired last April and now finally have time to do the whole thing. Live 10 miles south of ATL airport. Plan on leaving for Dahlonega about noon on 18th, driving up to Springer on 19th. Need a ride?

11-20-2005, 23:14
Mark Dauphinee, 26
Start from Katahdin: July 7 or so
kilometers per day: 20 to 30 (I really don't know miles)
As few rest days as possible and hoping to be home for Christmas.

The River Weasel
11-20-2005, 23:52
The River Weasel 23/M/Tennessee
Start date: April 1st
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 10 or less to start then try to keep it under 20
Off day: 1 every 10 days or so. want to keep moving even if only 1 mile
ETA Katahdin: mid Aug.

Reason: Just graduated from school and dont want to go into the "real world". got nothing holding me back or holding me down. i got the health and the time better do it now or i wont

craig simons
11-21-2005, 23:03
Craig : Male - 56
Cathy: Female- 56
Home: Michigan
Start Date- March 8, 2006
# in Party: 2 & we always have fun.
Miles/day 8-10 to start 15-20 later
Off days: 1 a week or when we want
ETA Katahdin: mid Sept
Reason: To get back to basics as we begin our retirement. 17 yrs ago, we quite our jobs, sold our home & and bought a Sailboat. We took our two teens & left from Michigan sailing to the Bahama's, returning a year latter. This experience taught us much about how it's the little things that brings one happiness in life. We look forward to learning this lession again.

11-22-2005, 17:14
Wren, M, 30
Home: Utah for the ski season..
Start Date- May 1st
# in Party: Just me
Miles/day: >20
ETA Katahdin: Late August
Reason: Have wanted to for years. Timing is right for summer '06 (although its gonna be tight)..

warren doyle
11-24-2005, 14:01
Just wanted to let the AT Class of 2006 know that the last ATI being held before the thru-hiking season starts will be from Dec. 16-19 at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC (near the trail in the Roan Highlands). Right now, we have ten folks signed up, including nine Class of 2006 potential thru-hikers. More info on the ATI can be found on my website below.
Happy trails!

11-25-2005, 12:53
ketchup, F, 43, Oh
start: Feb - March
miles/d starting around 6 working up to 18-25, ave 13
plan to hike til' late May then garden/work until
Sept and start again at Katahdin and walk back to where I left off
reason: Ketchup with the trail and myself (I don't usually pun but...)

11-26-2005, 22:15
Craig and Suzy
Home: Georgia
Start date: March 18, 2006
# in party: 2
Miles/day: 6 - 20 (ave. 13-15)
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: 6 mos.
Reason: We love the people on the trail--great community.

Dirt Diva
11-27-2005, 16:39
Dirt Diva and Compass Rose (both 27 year old females)
Home: North Carolina and Indiana
Start = April 1
miles/day = 10-20
ETA Katahdin - September/October
Reason - Section hiking is too slow. Time to finish what we started 3 years ago.

11-27-2005, 18:35
Cassy - female 21. from Michigan
Start Date: approx April 15
# in party: 1
Miles/day: depends, probably an average of 15
off day: 1 day/week
ETA Katahdin: mid-september-ish-ness
Reason: "If you have to ask why people climb mountains, you wouldn't understand the answer anyway"

looking for hiking partners... is anyone else??

11-27-2005, 20:20
Ted - male, 64, south FL
Start date: Early March
# in party: 1
Miles/day: whatever the bod can tolerate
Off day: 1/every-other-week
ETA Katahdin: 6 mos.
Reason: Seems like a good use of student aid money

11-28-2005, 20:18
Name: Kay, 19 and Chris, 22
# in Party: 2
Start Date: Early March from the Approach Trail (money permitting)
Miles/Day: Probably start very slow, work up to avg. 15
Off Day: Whenever something of interest calls for our time - we want to enjoy ourselves!
ETA Katahdin: Hopefully 7 months
Reason: Time for a Personal journey. I've wanted to do this since I was 8, now, just out of high school and before college seems the time, or else I'll have to wait another four years. I need to prove to myself I can do something this hard. The boyfriend was excited when I told him my plans - now he's coming, too!

11-29-2005, 08:50
Name: John "K4KAM" Warne, Male, 62.
# in party: 1
Start Date: April 1st, 2006
Miles / Day: As the old body allows.
Off Days: Depends on the 62-year old carcass.
ETA Katahdin: Before Baxter Park Closes
Reason: My wife wants to remodel the kitchen next summer. 'Nuff said?

11-30-2005, 21:28
BW2006 female, 44, NJ
Start Date- March/April 2006
# in party- 1 as of now (looking for one or two women to join me!)
Miles per Day- 8 to 10 start, 15-20 later on
Off Day-Whenever it works out
ETA Katahdin-I think I have to be out of Baxter by Oct 15th
Reason-Love the woods, it's a great challenge!!!

11-30-2005, 21:31
Hey Cassyr, I'm 44, female and also looking for a partner, don't know if I can keep up with you but let me know if you want to talk. This is also my first experience with a forum so I don't know all the in's and out of it yet... BW2006

11-30-2005, 23:56
Poke - Male, 22, NY
Start Date - May 15 (Day after Graduation)
# in party - 4 (BandATs)
Miles/Day - 15 avg
Off Day - Every 10 days or so
ETA Katahdin - No later than Oct 15
Reason #452- It's now or never! Gitter Done Coonslick!

Hope everyone has fun, safe hiking. See you on the trail!

12-02-2005, 00:50
Jeremy and Tina (25/24)
# in Party: just the two of us
start date: March 15-20th
Miles: 8-12 to begin hoping to avg. 15
Off day(s): whenever we feel like it
Katahdin: when we get there
Why: We've wanted to do this for years and we finally can afford to disappear in the woods without any commitments to school and work.

12-02-2005, 18:53
Jimmy -Male, 28 & Jen - Female 25
(no trail names as of 12/02/05)
Start date: Apirl 1st or 2nd
# in party: 2
Miles/day: ~10 - 20
Off day: ~1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: ~6 mos.

Can't wait. Hiking the approach up Springer Mtn. this weekend.

12-03-2005, 15:14
Mitch - male, 20
Univeristy of Alabama (Roll Tide :D) - Tuscaloosa, AL
Start date: March 1, NOBO
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 15+ once in shape
Off day: whenever needed
ETA Katahdin: Little less than six months (I have to go back to school in the fall)
Reason: humm, I guess cause its there

12-04-2005, 03:32
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio - Go Bucks
Start Date: March 7th
Finish; Mid August
Why: I have had a 5way bypass I want to prove that I can do it and I love backpacking.

12-04-2005, 17:38
boulder- male, 38
Start Date- March 1
# in party- just me
Miles/Day- 7-10 for a few weeks. Build up from there
off day- when i need one
ETA Katahdin- maybe august
Reason- i have to know and i have to try.

12-05-2005, 03:59
Start date: March 1st or a day or two earlier.
# in party: 1 currently
miles/day: 10/15
off day: 1 in 10
ETA Katahdin: when I get there around aug 1st

Reason: inner peace, complete the dream.

Pedaling Fool
12-07-2005, 23:36
J. Gault - Male, 41, FL

Start date: Early March 2006 (Not sure of day, probably 15/16th-ish)

# in party: Me

Miles/day: Will start slow for the first month (prevent injury). I plan to significantly increase mileage through Virginia, then will see...

Off day: 1-2 weeks (spread out)

ETA Katahdin: 5-6 mos.

Reason: I just retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 yrs, with less than 1 year of cumulative leave (vacation time) and WELL over 1 year deployed to various parts of the world. I need the time away from EVERYTHING to re-calibrate myself.
I am also an avid cyclist and plan to cycle across the U.S., sometime after 2006 GA>ME. After that I will (maybe) figure out what to do.

12-08-2005, 08:30
I'm 41 too and don't know what I wanna do when I grow up!! :D

12-08-2005, 20:20
Hi! My name is Sue - still working on the trail name...

I'll be 47 when I start NOBO in early April; I live outside ATL, and have done most of the GA AT, so I'll fill in the gaps this winter and start out from wherever that may lead me. I've already done the approach trail twice - not again!

# in party: 1
Miles/Day: 6-10 for starters, probably 15+ when ready
Off day: any time I need it
ETA Katahdin: 6 mos.
Reason: Selling my practice (chiropractor) and condo, and will be moving west to buy a new one sometime after this long-held dream!

"there is no price too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself" - R. Kipling

von Pepper
12-09-2005, 14:16
von Pepper - male, 35, Michigan
Start date: late March or early April
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 10 - 20
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: 6 mos.
Reason: Need a long walking meditation. Need to escape cubicle hell. Need to have a adventure. Need time to ponder.

12-10-2005, 14:34
CHad-male, 23 Leigh Ann-female, 28-- Indianapolis, IN
Start Date: March 23 or 24
# in party: 2
miles day: 7-10 first few weeks---12-20 the rest of the way
off day: once a week
ETA Katahdin: 5-6 months
Reason: I had never even really known anything about the AT until this August, and ever since then I can't stop thinking about it. Im being drawn to it by some unknown force:D

12-11-2005, 21:23
Steffan - 34 male ~ Burbank, CA
# in Party: Anyone else on trail, myself, and Mother Nature
Start Date: January 1st, 2006 (experienced cold weather expd's)
Miles per Day: 7-10 first few weeks (as blisters accrue)
Off Day - As needed for gear changes, mail coordinations and wife drops.
ETA Katahdin: May 15th - June 1st

Reason: Because Chris Botti seems to look an awful lot like Sting's illigitimate child? I don't know, I'm sure that there are a thousand reasons.

Email me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

12-12-2005, 20:02
Frosty - male, 58, NH

Start date: March 1

# in party: 1

Miles/day: probably around 10-12 to start, 17-20 in the middle and about 15 in NH/ME

Off day: perfer neros to zeros, but will be taking a few weeks off in late spring/early summer for business reason

ETA Katahdin: late Aug/early Sept (I hope)

Reason: too stupid to know when to quit or even to section hike - I just keep doin' the same parts over and over

12-13-2005, 01:27
I'm actually going to throw my hat into the ring here. I'm shocked that I'm doing it, but what the heck. Tomorrow I talk to HR about a leave of absense or leave without pay to see how it'll pan out. Wish me luck on that front.

Jay - Male, 27
Trail name: none yet.
Start date: Early to Mid March
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 10 - 20, goal is to reach K by late September
Off day: 1/wk max.
ETA Katahdin: 7 mos.
Reason: I want to hike the Appalachian Trail, basically it's that simple. I'm not at a "transition time" in my life necessarily (although the hike will precipitate one), but now is not a bad time to hike, either.

I look forward to meeting everyone on the trail. Even if a thru doesn't pan for 2006, maybe I'll get to do some multi week sections farther North than I've been.

So add me to the list please. Thanks!

12-13-2005, 12:05
There are currently 100 registered members who have decided to give it a shot next year (2006). 30% plan to hike with others. Assuming no overlaps (an overlap would mean both in the party are registered members and listed themselves separately), if we count all potential partners whiteblaze knows of 139 people hitting the trail between Jan-July of next year. Good Luck. Keep the entries coming. Look for updates in the articles section under Class of 2006.

12-13-2005, 19:32
ncbookseller - female, 35
from Raleigh, NC
start date: mid-March
# in party: solo
miles/day: 10 - 15
ETA Katahdin: 6 mos.
reason: I've always wanted to do this, but have never been able to before. This opportunity doesn't come around often!

12-14-2005, 12:10
Philip - male, 28, PA
Start date: Feb 28th Fat Tuesday
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 10 - 20
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: 4 mos.
Reason: B/c I'm an overachiever. I heard the sucess rate is very low, so I have to prove myself. Not to mention I have the time, the energy, the determination, and love traveling, and being outdoors. I have never hiked a day in my life.

12-14-2005, 13:58
...just a lowly SECTION HIKER...a wanna-be- THRU HIKER...(after retirement in 10 years!)

but,..............will be out on the A.T. in late APRIL to early May 2006 with my bud: "Jigsaw".

say: "HELLO!" as you guys pass me by!:D

Old Spice
12-14-2005, 21:40
I have changed my plans, and now am planning on starting on tax day. I need more time to save since I found out I am going to have to start paying school loans off.

12-14-2005, 21:51
May 3 1 ea. fm Hot Springs, then flip-flop for rest when done whenever.
no speed plans, only good times. An African said when coming to this country, "Don't you ever get wet?"

12-15-2005, 14:20
Name: Tom, 21
Home: Queens, NY
Start Date: 3/1-3/7
# in Party: Just me
Miles/Day: Averaging 15 hopefully
Off days: As few as possible
ETA Katahdin: 130-160 days
Reason: I'm fiending for an adventure

Tinka Yambe
12-16-2005, 21:35
I'm planning on hiking starting sometime in March 2006:
I am still looking for some person to hike with (anyone interested?)
I plan on reaching the big K by August (hopefully)...

12-16-2005, 22:56
I'm planning on hiking starting sometime in March 2006:
I am still looking for some person to hike with (anyone interested?)
I plan on reaching the big K by August (hopefully)...Most everyone who posted here is leaving in March, so you are sure to have company.

What we ought to do is have some way of identifying whiteblaze members so we can say HI when we meet. Especially all us March 1 starters.

If you don't mind my asking, what is the origin of your trail name?

12-18-2005, 17:13
Name: Scott, 21
Home: Troy, MI
Start Date: 3/22-3/28
# in Party: Just me
Miles/Day: 20+ once rolling
Off days: As few as possible
ETA Katahdin: end of July
Reason: 1. I want to do it, 2. To raise awareness for ALS and encourage people to donate to ALSA

12-19-2005, 10:34
Start- April 1rst ?
no in party-me
miles per day- shelter to shelter to start, more later.
off days-as needed, more at first,less later....hopefull

12-20-2005, 10:28
Southbound starting in early june

12-21-2005, 00:23
Just curious as to who will be out there. Please, post your start date (exact or approx), number in party, expected miles/day, etc.

Frieden - female, 36, FL
Ed - male, 1, FL
Start date: Early March
# in party: 2
Miles/day: 10 - 20
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: 7 mos.
Reason: Vision quest; taking time to savor nature and smell the flowers (after the snow melts); plan to take lots and lots of pictures.
WOnder Foot....at least thats what I think that my trail name will be.....unless I feel something fits better.
Start date:3/20
Female, will be 26
# in party:1 Looking for SERIOUS partner(s) to start with
miles/day: 10-20+...depending on the when and where
off days: Rare..taking 4 days in pa to see the family and go to a wedding
ETA Katahdin. Sept. 23...but longer if thats what it takes. Want to hike from equinox-equinox

Reason: So many....but I have to do this!

12-21-2005, 11:53
Hello fellow 2006 TH'ers,
Check out the departure date Poll under the Class of 2006 forum.
It's going to be an excellent year!

12-26-2005, 16:10
Name: Matt, 29
Start date: Either Friday April 14, or Monday April 17th
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 17 avg
Off day: I'll listen to my body....probably 1 per 8-10 days
ETA Katahdin: August 27
Reason: One of my life goals, loved the section hike I did last summer

12-27-2005, 23:41
Hey there! I am planning my NoBo hike starting mid-feb., anyone else looking to do the same? I have scheduling conflicts that require I start earlier than most so I can finish in June. Outside of the weather aspect I figure the early start will give me some great winter shots! Does anyone know when spring usually hits Tenn. or N.Car.? Hope to see you all there!!!


12-28-2005, 18:01
Ania - F - 24 (25 in April)
Trail name: until I start the trail, I will not know
Start date: First week of May
# in party: 1 - hopefully will convince some friends to go
Miles/day: having hiked only a handfull of times in my life, and only twice in recent memory, I really have no idea.
Off day: When I need it.
ETA Katahdin: 2007, as I'll probably only do 1/2 way this year, from GA to Maryland. Too many weddings & sicknesses in the family to stay away for more than 4 months.
Reason: I went on my first hike in years in October at Maryland Hights in Harpers Ferry. While I followed the green, red & blue marks marking my trail, I noticed at one point the white blaze. I recalled distant childhood memories of driving on I90 in Mass. and seeing a bridge over the interstate marked "Appalacian Trail," and my mother and grandmother telling me stories of my greatgrandfather doing large chunks of the trail 40+ years ago. My job & life in general suddenly seemed like an itchy sweater that I was desperate to chuck. And so, I hope to do just that for a while, come May. (Yeah, long story, I know, I'm a chatter-box).

White Chocolate
12-28-2005, 21:55
White Chocolate-Male-25-solo
start: mid march to mid april
mileage: i hope to do 20+, building stamina along the way
off day: when necessary
Katahdin: on a beautiful day

Reason: I have no choice I have to hike these old mountains

White Chocolate
12-28-2005, 21:59
James (no trail name yet)- male 28
Start Date- No later than April 1st
# in party- 1
Miles/Day- whatever
off day- when i can't stand the smell of myself any longer
ETA Katahdin- September 17th......my 29th birthday......
Reason- do i really need one....????

hey jimmy job,
my birthday is Sept. 17th, and I'm from Chesapeake,Va. I look forward to meeting you on the trail.

12-29-2005, 15:43

Andrew - male, 58, IN
Start date: Mid to late Feb. '06
# in party: 1
Miles/day: Whatever feels good. I am a type A, trying to be a type B..
Off day: Few as possible.
ETA Katahdin: Hopefully before it closes in Oct.
Reason: Make myself slooow down, peace of mind and joy I only get playing in the woods.

12-30-2005, 13:01
Pirate - Male - 55
Start Date Mid March, or as soon as I finish the Florida Trail
Number in Party - 1 (Duff retired)
Maybe I will get to Maine, maybe not. Will be my 16th year out there.

Lone Wolf
12-30-2005, 14:03
What happened to Duff? Get another one at the bar.

Lone Wolf - Male-46
Start Date Early March, or as soon Dot's releases me
Number in Party - 1
Maybe I will get to Gatlinburg for Karaoke. Will be my 20th year out there.

12-30-2005, 17:39
Paul - Male, 25
Athens, OH
Start Date (Harper's Ferry Northbound) July 1 then flipflopping back to Harper's Ferry to head south and finishing up in Springer Mid-Late November.
Number in Party: 1
Reasons: I have a 1 year contract which ends May 31st and my sister's wedding is in June and I can't stand another year to go by where I am not hiking on the trail.

I know it's far fetched, but if anyone is on a similar time frame I would never mind the company.

Look forward to a great season on trail. Take care and make it a great day.


12-30-2005, 20:03
Jesse (irritable_badger) - Male 28
Start Date - March 20, 2006
# In Party - 1
Daily Mileage - 14.49 Per day Average
Off Day(s) - As of March 20 they're all off days to me
ETA @ Katahdin - Before Oct. 15 2006
Reason - Usually, but it really depends on who you ask

01-01-2006, 20:32
Name: Chris
# in party: Just me
Start Date: Probably around March 11
miles/day: 8-20
Off days: Whenever it feels right.
Reason: After working in a basement cubicle for the last 2 1/2 years, it's time to quit the job and start hiking.

01-01-2006, 21:35
:) Ready1 - Male, 47, ME
Start date: Mid to Late March
# in party: 1
Miles/day: Average 20
Off day: 1/wk
ETA Katahdin: about 5 mos
Reason: Its time...:-?

01-03-2006, 02:36
Male 19 NC
Start: Fed 26!!!!!!
#: 1
Miles: start10-15 mid15-20 finish 13-15
Off days: ??? maybe to visit App and NYC
ETA Katahdin: Late July early August
Reason: Escape Enjoy Live

Thanks Warren Doyle for everything.

01-03-2006, 04:58
early - mid march
alone till springer then who knows
5 mos
im going because chics will dig me if i make it to maine, and ialso want to fit in

Mad Dog
01-03-2006, 09:46
Plan to start the AT at Springer on March 16, 2006. I will be walking North and have given myself 160 days, hope to finish sooner. I am 56 years old and retired from Public Education in June 05. I live in Asheville, N.C. and have enjoyed the AT for some time. I look forward to the challenge and yes, my wife has given me permission .........

Lone Wolf
01-03-2006, 09:47
early - mid march
alone till springer then who knows
5 mos
im going because chics will dig me if i make it to maine, and ialso want to fit in
Very FEW "chics will dig" you. Most will look upon you as a non-productive bum, not a good candidate for a relationship.:)

01-03-2006, 10:04
Very FEW "chics will dig" you. Most will look upon you as a non-productive bum, not a good candidate for a relationship.:)

You can be one cold Motherflower LW. :D

Lone Wolf
01-03-2006, 10:12
Just tellin it like it is bro.:D

01-03-2006, 23:41
Starting March 1stish
just me
Hiked 1400-1500 miles this summer, but I really want to do the whole thing in one shabang.
www.trailjournals.com/clamotte (http://www.trailjournals.com/clamotte)

Lonesome Polecat
01-07-2006, 00:22
:bse Please add me to the 2006 roster with the following info -

UserID: noopnoop, Male, 63, Retired, Venice, Fl
Start Date: NOBO End of Feb / 1st of Mar
Number: SOLO . . . but friendly
Mi/Da: 5 - 35. . . depends doesn't it!
Day off: When tempted. :rolleyes:

01-07-2006, 23:32
Starting around April 10th
just me
Think it will be a nice break

Would like to find other around the same date b/c I am hearing impaired.

01-07-2006, 23:34
Drew,23 and Thomas,19
Start Date:April ???
From: 1 hour out of Dallas,Texas
Mi/Da:what it takes to keep me going
Day Off: as few as we can
Why: i ask drew to hike it with me (to have the trip with my brother and bestfriend)

01-08-2006, 18:56
First name: Bruno
Trail name: Nuts
Age: 40
From: Munich/Germany
Direction: NOBO
Number in party: just me and my pack
Starting date: 02/14
Link to journal: www.trailjournals.com/BrunoMitterhofer (http://www.trailjournals.com/BrunoMitterhofer)

Hope to CU out there

01-08-2006, 23:18
Plan to start the AT at Springer on March 16, 2006. I will be walking North and have given myself 160 days, hope to finish sooner. I am 56 years old and retired from Public Education in June 05. I live in Asheville, N.C. and have enjoyed the AT for some time. I look forward to the challenge and yes, my wife has given me permission .........

You might want to give yourself more than 160 days.


01-09-2006, 22:41
Patrick (no trail name as of yet)
22, but will be 23 by the time I hit the trail
Headed SOBO early-mid June
Arrival date at Springer isn't my main goal, just to thru-hike the entire trail this time injury free :sun

01-09-2006, 23:54
NOBO, from Amicalola, very close to Feb. 14th.

01-10-2006, 08:44
low arobic?!their are scrambles up talus cliffs and doen and across broken boulderfields on the A T that no matter how slow one goes,...no matter how in shap on is ,.....no matter how often one stops.that ones heartrate goes critical. i mmean over 120. i mean heart pounding horror.it gets fairly brutle .now im no exspert but low arobic doesnt describe what i remember and respect and even at times fear about the A T.matthewski has spoken

01-10-2006, 12:04
Mailbox. Male, 22 yrs old. Estimated start date Feb 2. From Springer. Estimated End, June 13, Katahdin.

01-11-2006, 07:27
Jim male 58 lebanon oh plan on starting around 21 march. Was introduced to the AT by a co-worker in 1982 or 83. Was a heavy smoker at the time but quit the night before my first 5 day hike. I managed to continue to be a non-smoker and feel great at 58. plan to start Springer about March 21. No hard plans, Just walk as I feel.

01-12-2006, 10:08
I'll be on top of Springer.....mid to late March and I'll be on top of Katahdin when I get there......hopefully on the same hike. I'm not planning on any broken ankles this year......See you all out there.

01-12-2006, 11:15
Health, Wealth, and God willing (NOT in that order) I'll be starting my second attempt at thru on April 11 for a NOBO.

"you don't stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing".

01-12-2006, 18:59
Trail Name: "enuff"
Direction: Nobo
Companion: With "too Much" (my Wife)
Start Date: Mid March
It's Been A Long Time Coming

01-12-2006, 19:02
Trail Name: "too Much"
Direction: Nobo
Companion: With "enuff"
Start Date: Mid March

01-12-2006, 20:54
[quote=CreakyBonze]Health, Wealth, and God willing (NOT in that order) I'll be starting my second attempt at thru on April 11 for a NOBO.

Hey Creaky, no worries - I'll be with you a few days later. :sun Sue (Cool Change)

01-13-2006, 16:35
ncbookseller - female, 35
from Raleigh, NC
start date: mid-March
# in party: solo
miles/day: 10 - 15
ETA Katahdin: 6 mos.
reason: I've always wanted to do this, but have never been able to before. This opportunity doesn't come around often!

start date: March 19, 2006
ETA Katahdin: September 15, 2006
trail journal: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/septembertrailjournal/

Once begun is half done.

01-13-2006, 18:35
Scott - male, 44, Arlington Virginia
Start date: April 1st
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 15-25 per day
Off day: Planning to take 1 day off for every 8
ETA Katahdin: When I get there but I'm expecting to be done in 5 months.
Reason: Stange as this may sound... I feel as though I'm being pulled by un unseen force. I have absolutly no idea what it is other that to say that I have no control over it. I've wanted to do a thru hike all my life and I've come to the conclusion that the best time for anything is now.

01-13-2006, 19:27
whew (cold sweat of realization breaking out) have the decision clarified: am leaving March 14-16 from Springer, hiking NOBO to Katahdin, ETA September- October, averaging 13 mi/d , off days 1/week, reason: re-connect with the AT, to know the wind like my breath, the woods like my home...

01-15-2006, 22:21
female, 26, Philadelphia
starting 1st half of April (once I have enough cash and my job commitments are over)
just me- private party
off day: when necessary, probably one every 10 days or so once I get a rhythm going. once a week until then
miles a day: hope for 20-25, presently planning on 10-15 'til Damascus.
ETA Big K: I hope I make it- late September/early October
why?: whyever not? and a bunch of a-hem, 'life changes' make this a good year for it.

01-15-2006, 23:26
my birthday is march fourth.my start date is march fourth.my plan is to march fourth. i cant wait till march fourth.from philly.45 years old.loaded wit lightweights and good eats and good hopes for all who will be making the trip following all those who went before and leading all those to come. we walk with a cloud of spirits of all the wannahikers back home.we all know full well the pain each spring we sat out ,...waiting our turn .like mt everest summit bids ,...it is a rare thing when all the peices of the puzzle come together to allow for freeflight in life. remember to be free in your spirit before you look apon the white blaze.ill be asleep at usfs42 on the night of the 4th if all goes well.peace out .

01-17-2006, 10:23
Hey there--I'm Eliza, 20, I'm SOBO-ing it starting on June first with my dog Louie (he's a two year old half golden, half aussie)--Looking for company if anyone is interested. I'm thinking six months to Springer, just as easy hike in the woods. This is also my graduation present to myself (I'm a soc/psych major at the University of Findlay in Ohio...) See you on the trail!

01-17-2006, 12:57
Aaron and Stacey (33 and 31)
#in party=4! we have dogs
start date- March 5 or so....
ETA Katahdin 7 mo
miles per day 10-20

Reason: We cant stand working but are not lazy either, we have two labrador retrevers so will probably be in a tent a lot (I hear wet dogs are not popular at shelters!) We also plan to marry when we pass thru MD, weher we are from

01-17-2006, 13:34
http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/images/avatars/2006.gif (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/member.php?u=6024)sandman, 62
start Mar. 11, solo
MPD 6-8 at start, 12-13 as the body adjusts
zero days, 1/wk or as nec.
ODAAT life long dream

01-18-2006, 21:41
Elizabeth, 18, from western PA near WV
Start date: Early march, 1st-5th hopefully
# in party: going solo, but wouldn't mind starting w/ someone
Miles/day: 8-12 at first, 15-25 later
Off days: average maybe 1 per 10 days. I'll take a week off for graduation
Katahdin: 6 months (I'll have to stop late Aug, to get to college)
Reason: Because it's going home.

01-19-2006, 10:56
Nat, 25
Flop Flip: (WV-ME, WV-GA, best of both worlds?)
June 1
Attempting to go light...

01-19-2006, 13:22
*Happy Feet (21) and Swiss-the Chocolate Bandito, yo (21)
*from Bristol, TN and Brasstown, NC
*start date: Feb. 28th
*# in party: 2
*miles/day: depends on the day
*ETA Katahdin: late Aug. Lord-willing
*reason: Hmmm.. well, we both hiked in '04. I (Swiss) stopped in southern Mass. and have been planning to do the Mass. to Maine section since. It's a good excuse to start back at the beginning. HF wasn't planning to go along, but he can't stand the thought of being in class while knowing I'm out on the trail.

01-22-2006, 00:06
Start date March 15th
Miles/Day- Hope to avg 14.5/day
ETA Katahdin - Mid Sept.
Because it's there!

Trail name N-SOM (NY State of Mind)
Start date March 1st
Miles/Day- Hope to avg 13 miles/day - After a 7 mile/day first two weeks and 10 mile/day 3rd and 4th week
ETA Katahdin - Mid Sept.
Because it's there! Stop the world, I want to get off!

01-22-2006, 01:22
Fred - male :: 26 :: Columbia, SC

Start date: ~April 7
# in party: 1
Miles/day: progress is progress
Off day: whatever's right
ETA Katahdin: No rush. Maybe 6 months or so.
Reason: It is hard to kick agaist the goads

01-22-2006, 23:28
Cup-male 34
10-25 miles a day
It beats working
"I eat kittens"

01-23-2006, 16:00
well, it is still undergoing some changes, but we'll be updating our progress and adding pictures here:

01-23-2006, 22:54
NOBO, from Amicalola, very close to Feb. 14th.

More like Feb. 11th or 12th, it looks like.

01-24-2006, 16:21
James, 18, SC
Feb 18, then 2 weeks off for family reasons, and then mid mar
Solo, NoBo, but can hike with others, (I don't bit)...(often)
10-15 to start 15-25 later
schools over, life's short, don't waste time, start early, suffer later.

01-24-2006, 16:29
Ben and Jon
Starting: Maine, June 1st
Ages: both 22
Miles/day: 13 -20
Finish: Springer, mid november(5 1/2 mo)
Reason: Always wanted to and we have the time.
-See you out there-

01-25-2006, 03:10
Parker, 20, GA
Start? March 8
Who? Me
Miles/day? 8-10-15-20+?
Off days? Yes please, may I have another
Finish? Sometime in August
Why? Why not?

01-25-2006, 14:09
Matt - male, 23, Ohio
Start date: March 19th or 20th
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 20 avg
Off day: when i need it
ETA Katahdin: hopefully 4 months/before august
Reason: Just graduated, want to do something extraordinary before I go off to the 'real' world. Been in school all my life, now I get to do something that I want to do.

Spiritual Pillgrim
01-27-2006, 08:11
:) Trail Name: Spiritual Pilgrim
Direction: NOBO

Starting solo (trying to get my better half to deliver my best hiking partner, my mutt dog Missy, to Hot Springs or Grayson Highlands)

Planned starting date: Depart home by bus Feb 13th
Depart Damascus, Ga (Amicalola) Feb 14th
Depart Springer Feb 15th.
*Online journal www.trailjournals.com/spiritualpilgrim (http://www.trailjournals.com/spiritualpilgrim) :clap

01-27-2006, 19:58
March 23rd, one man, one rocky arch in one Amicalola Falls park. Be there!
Solo baby!
Miles/day: one after another
8/12 start, avg 15-17 (incl blue blazes)
Off days: when i find myself there
Katahdin: She'll be there when I get there
(but wanna be there long before October)

Reason: Hiding from the feds... but don't tell any.

No posts on trailjournals.... yet.

ps. I call Springfield, VA (Nothern Virginia) home.. any other local-ish hikers, feel free to contact!


Johnny Appleseed
01-28-2006, 02:18
David-30 KC, Mo. (no name yet)
Approx. April 1 '06 start
1st Looong hike, so distance per day and in total is not known.
1-2 Months at least and maybe more.
Off days when needed or is too desireable, yet little cash.
Reason: 1) Wandering is necessary 2) Everyone is doing it :D

P.S. anyone got a disposable business suit for me to start in??

Craig Scott
01-28-2006, 21:48
Craig- male, 54, MD
Start date: March 5th
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 10 - 20
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: 6 mos.
Reason: You have to have a reason?

01-28-2006, 23:37
Lindy 23 and Sandy 26 and Kristen 28
Perth, Australia
Start date approx 13th Mar
No: in party- 3
Miles per day approx 10-15, starting slower
ETA Katahdin- anytime prior to 15th Oct :)
Reason- See the USA, meet nice people and see how far we can get.

Left Hand
01-29-2006, 19:58
Starting sometime around the first or second week of March.
# in party: 1 but I know about 12 people thru-hiking this Spring.
Miles: Yeah, I'll do some.
ETA Katahdin: Whenever I get there.
Reason: Why wouldn't you?

01-29-2006, 20:10

(posted to wrong forum)

Slow Cheetah
02-01-2006, 15:08
Trail name tbd, M, 33, Chicago, IL
Start date: mid/late march
# in party: party of one
Miles/day: 10-20ish
Off days: as needed
Katahdin: 6 months
Reason: to become who I want to be

02-01-2006, 22:36
Name: Prime Numbers
Sex: M
Age: 31
Thru-hike start date: Arriving in Atlanta and staying at the hiker hostel (Josh and Leigh) on March 18th. Hiking: March 19th.

Previously hiked Harper's Ferry, WV (hometown area) to Bear Mountain, NY in 2004 and Amicalola, GA to Hot Springs, NC in 2005.

Trying to do this thing start to finish this time. People think I'm insane for retracing the sections previously hiked, but they fail to understand the physical and psychological value of a complete thru-hike.

I always hike alone. I sometimes (temporarily) find myself ending up at the same place as friends. I am currently the President of the Lazy Hiker's Society along with friends Sal Paradise and Scavenger.

My pace should be faster this year. However, I have no itinerary or planned distances. This will depend strictly on conditions alone.

I am an employee of The Outfitter at Harper's Ferry. If you make it there, say "Hi!" to Laura and Ron.



02-02-2006, 20:59
Male, age 59, departing Amicalola SP mid-March,2006, solo, trying 20-mile days at start, 20# base pack weight, hope to reach Baxter SP by July and maybe hike Nova Scotia thereafter.

02-05-2006, 17:11
trail name:mudflap nobo companion:daisey starting:march 7 journal :trailjournals.com

02-05-2006, 23:40
Joe (Mr K) 29, PA
Start date: April 30
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 20-25
ETA Katahdin: <4 months
Reason: Challenge, change, personal growth
Journal Trailjournals.com

02-07-2006, 00:00
ETD: March 18th
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 20
ETA Katahdin: 4-5 mo.
Reason: It's been a dream of mine for a long time, and I figure it's now or never!

02-07-2006, 08:48
Trail Name: MrsGorp, www.trailjournals.com/mrsgorp
Start Date: Feb 24, it’s the best way to spend my birthday!
Hiking party: 1, hope to meet up with and make new friends along the way
Hike plan: Taking it one day at a time, walk home to Vermont, rest up a bit, then beyond to Katahdin, not planning a timeframe or miles, whatever happens, staying flexible. The only plans I’ve made right now are how I’m getting to GA (Amtrak) and my ride to Springer (MotherNature).
Reason for 2006 hike: Well, there hasn’t been a day in the past 29 years that I haven’t been connected somehow to the AT. It’s time once again to do some walking along its path.

02-07-2006, 10:44
Martin , Kentucky
Age: 38
ETD: April 11
# in party: Just me
MPD: 15-??
ETA Katahdin: When I get there....
Why: Been wanting to do this for 16+ years...... maybe I`ll figure it out along the way.........maybe not.....anyway its not the destination its the journey......see ya on the trail.

Old Spice
02-07-2006, 23:53
Trail Name: undecided
Start Date: May 1
MPD: 15-20
Why: One less dream to fulfill

6's and 7's
02-08-2006, 16:59
Start: March 8th
miles and says off ill figure as i go
female, 20

02-09-2006, 11:55
Trail name: Tipper
Start: April 2 (Amicalola Falls appraoch trail)
With: myself (53 year old male)
Miles/day: varies - slow, slow, GO!
Why?: why not!
Katahdin: Sept is the plan.

02-09-2006, 14:01
Derby, UK
March 31

02-09-2006, 21:37
Name: brz ... that's breeze with no e'z (er...ease).
Sex: Yes
Age: Forty something
# in party : (3). Me, Myself, and I. (We make a great team.)
ETD: The Ides of March.
ETA Katahdin: Prior to Ides of October.
MPD: Situation dictates.
0Day: Whenever curiosity or hunger overwhelms me.
WHY? Can ya think of anything better to do?

02-10-2006, 14:03
Susanna - 36 years old.
Recently living in: Utah & Arizona
Starting: March 7th
Party: Just myself, but I hope to meet up with some of you all on the trail.
Mileage: Hoping to average around 15+ per day
Off days: when necessary
ETA Katahdin: before school starts in September
Why: Did half the trail in 1990, had to stop for money reasons. It's been an obsession ever since. Just something I need to do.

02-11-2006, 14:34
Trail name: homebrew
Start date: March 1
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 8-10 to start
Off days: as needed
Katahdin: 6 months
Reason: Adventure:sun

02-11-2006, 15:09
Swartz - 27 yrs old, FL
Start date: March 25
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 20
Off day: ???
ETA Katahdin: ???
Reason: I just finished my 6 year commitment to the USAF.

02-11-2006, 15:25
Turtle2 -50 female
Start date late March
Miles/Day- Early 8-10 Overall avg 15
Off Day - Whenever
ETA Katahdin - Mid Sept.
Have got that urge.

good luck beth,i am pulling for ya,go for it,happy trails to ya always
you are cool in my book:cool: neo

02-13-2006, 07:31
Trail Name: Rattler
Male 63
Depart: March 20 NoBo,
Party of 1
Mileage: Start slow and taper off
Off Day: When the body tells me
Katahdin: When I get there!
Why?: Who knows. After 15 years of thinking about it, might as well try it.

02-13-2006, 12:09
Name - Joshua Edwards, Cherokee, IA 24
Start Date - March 26
Group - Lifelong friend and I
MPD - 8 to start who knows after that?
Katahdin - longer than 4 months, less than 6
Reason - There's a lot of reasons but the reason it's happening now is I have discussed this with a friend for 4 years, he just got out of the Army after graduating ranger school and serving in Afganistan and he has big plans for his future. Been eating dirt and sticks with this guy for the better part of 20 years, if we're going to do it, the time is now.

02-13-2006, 22:54
NOBO, starting April 5.

02-14-2006, 15:18
Start date: Sometime between March 10-15
Solo, wouldn't mind company
Miles/day: 10 - 20
Off day: 1 planned for April 20th, probably a few others
Reason: Great outdoors, escape suburbia Massachusetts, clear head, was gonna try to quit smoking butts until I read that whole thread about all you others out there, thats comforting...

Old Spice
02-14-2006, 15:22
I have moved my start date up from May to April 1st. See you out there.

02-15-2006, 15:11
jonathan-male, 20, pa.
Start Date:May 15th
# in party:1
off days:0/week
ETA Katahdin:July 20th-25th
Reason:Love of hiking and the awesome challenge of it!!!

02-15-2006, 19:21
Name: Ed.....22.....NC
Start: early March
#: 1 plus Dog (Cassie)
Miles: However many necessary
ETA: Who knows?

Old Spice
02-15-2006, 23:27
Trail Name: undecided
Start Date: May 1
MPD: 15-20
Why: One less dream to fulfill

1st week of April!

02-15-2006, 23:43
Sean, no trail name yetLeaving 3/2/06From Naples Florida24 year old maleMany reasons for wanting to hike, i fell in love with the mountains when i did an outward bound a few years ago. Seems like the best and right thing to do at this stage in my life.

02-16-2006, 00:39
Scatterbrain (tentatively..), male, 28 , Chicago

Start date : March 17 (luck o' the Irish)
# in party 1
Miles / day -- 11
ETA to Katahdin - 6 months

02-16-2006, 13:49
name- Steve
trailname - waiting for the trail to name me
start date - April 5, 2006 would like to finish on my 44 bday Sept 28
# in party - just me
mpd - 10 to start, once in trail shape as much or as little as i want
days off - as needed by my head or body
why - lifelong dream, now in transition, unemployed and divorcing,
have been

02-16-2006, 13:49
name- Steve
trailname - waiting for the trail to name me
start date - April 5, 2006 would like to finish on my 44 bday Sept 28
# in party - just me
mpd - 10 to start, once in trail shape as much or as little as i want
days off - as needed by my head or body
why - lifelong dream, now in transition, unemployed and divorcing,
have been

02-16-2006, 19:35
Name: Clay, no trail name yet
Estimated start date: March 29
mileage per day: 10 to 20

02-16-2006, 19:39
Name: Clay, no trail name yet
Estimated start date: March 29
mileage per day: 10 to 20


one in party


02-18-2006, 00:29

one in party


www.trailjournals.com/clayrfarris (http://www.trailjournals.com/clayrfarris)

02-19-2006, 10:13
Bonzo - Male - 46 - WV
Rio - Blue Heeler - 3 1/2
Start Date: Late march/early april
# in party - 2
Miles a day: 10 to start then 15-20*
Off day: Sundays (race day)
ETA Katadyn: 6-7 months
Reason: Beats going to work.. .

Jerry Lutgen
02-21-2006, 00:15
just Me

ted holdridge
02-21-2006, 14:09
Ted Holdridge, 34, March 1 or so, just me, who knows how many miles per day, 3rd attempt to Katahdin, PA farthest so far.

02-21-2006, 21:29
I am a 44 yr old male With 6 heart Bypasses and plan to start in April 2006.My bypasses are 4 years old . The youngest member of our group is 28 and the oldest is 56 . Any advice would be great [email protected] . we plan to cover about 5 to 7 miles a day, (I am hoping more) .If you see us we will be the old farts with all new gear ( lol ).Hope to see you there.....

02-22-2006, 18:15
53 year old
Walking North from Springer
All by myself....mostly
Not sure how many miles I'll be walking each day yet
ETA to the north shore of Newfoundland; Very early October
Why?? Because I like to walk:)

Trail Yeti
02-22-2006, 18:22
Trail Yeti:cool:
Flippity Floppity (probably from Damascus after Trail Days):banana
# in party- 2; me and Savannah (2 year old collie/red heeler mix)
Mileage varies
Finishing when I get there
Why? Because once is DEFINATELY not enough;) ; besides I gotta figure what I'm gonna do after college:-?

02-23-2006, 11:13

Am hiking the AT this year:banana .

Start: 3/21
Flying solo
Dont know how many miles per day hoefully they will increase as weight falls off.
Enjoy the unemployment.


02-23-2006, 13:52
2 in party
Starting the end of June Early July- want to try and miss the flys

Old Spice
02-24-2006, 00:14
I just purchased my greyhound bus ticket to Gainesville, GA. I am leaving on April 3rd and should arive the following evening. Thus, my OFFICIAL start date will be the 5th of April. Hope to see some of you out there!

02-24-2006, 01:00
26 & Male
March 13th
Just me and my alter egos (and they weigh a ton!)
Aiming to reach the end sometime in August

02-24-2006, 16:52
Male 56
Start Date 4 April
# in party 1
Miles per day: Whatever feels right.
Off day: When needed.
ETA Katadin: Before it closes for the winter.
Reason: ?

03-01-2006, 01:55
Cannot freaking wait; literally about to crap myself I'm so excited. Leaving March 14th; seriously look forward to meeting everyone and making some friends.
Richard-->male, 23, Chattanooga, TN
Start Date-->March 14th
Goin Solo
Roughly 20 miles a day (though not in the beginning)
ETA Baxter-->July 15th or so (mas o menos)
Because I love my Appalachians!! And this is my last chance to do it before my life gets really hectic. IM SO STOKED!!!!!

Sean Sangree
03-01-2006, 22:05
Hi y'all! I'll be out there too.

Sean, male, 26, Harrisburg, PA (near the Doyle =)
Start date, April 14?
Solo to start, hoping to work up to 20-25 mile days.
ETA Katahdin: when I get there!
Loved backpacking ever since I was little and just realized one day, why not!!

03-03-2006, 13:00
Trail name: A.T.Machine
Heading: NOBO
Leaving: 4/29-4/30
Number in party: 1

03-04-2006, 16:44
SOLACE ~ Male, 33 from Schenectady, New York
Starting: March 10th, 2006 NOBO
# in Party 1
MilesPerDay = @ 13
"0 Day" 1 a week
ETA Katahdin, September 2006
Reason for Hiking: So my soul can breathe , and besides, there are flowers that bllom @ 5,000 feet that need to be smelled :)


"Let The Things You Love Be Your Escape"

03-05-2006, 13:42
Leesider, male, 59, born Ireland but have lived in Manhattan since 1972.


Hope to finish in mid Sept.

Average 15 m/p/d. 1 zero d/p/w

While hiking in the Smokies in April '72 (shortly after I landed in this wonderful country), I met some Thru-hikers and have wanted to do it since.

03-05-2006, 13:44
Sorry NOBO, March 20

03-08-2006, 22:44
Ari - male, 21, MD
Start date: March 15
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 11 - 20
Off day: 1/2wk.
ETA Katahdin: 5 mos.

03-09-2006, 12:14
remember to dance
male 47, CA/OR
blacktoe ironhand - female, 29, GA

Start date: est. April 14th
# in party: 1
Miles/day: 15-25
Off day: 1/wk.
ETA Katahdin: 100-120 days

Reason: Started the AT in July of 76' in Main, 1st day out broke my ankle and was helped off the mountain by a troop of Girl Scouts (really). Time to finish it.
:cool: .

03-09-2006, 12:15
Allison and Evan (no trail names yet) fem-22 male-24, TX
Start date-June 15th, SOBO
# in party-2
# of miles- small at start
Days off ~1/wk
Reason- graduating college, not ready for the real world, love the outdoors, why not?

03-09-2006, 12:19
Sorry my last post added blacktoe ironhand - female, 29, GA to my information. I copied another post to add the info and didn't clear her from it before I pasted it. Sorry.