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mountain squid
09-05-2016, 08:37
The trail is calling ... time to make a commitment all you 2017ers!

Trail Name
Direction
Estimated Start Date
Approach Trail - yes or no
any additional info that you want the world to know

Also consider registering with ATC (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/thru-hiking/voluntary-thru-hiker-registration) to help avoid crowded conditions in GA. Weekends are typically busy as are March 1st, 15th and April 1st.

If anything changes, please update via a reply to this thread or send me a PM.

After you have completed your hike, don't forget to report back in with completion dates and how far you hiked!

Good Luck and Have Fun!

See you on the trail,
mt squid

(Later in the season a spreadsheet will be available for viewing in the articles (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/content.php/28-whiteblaze-thru-hikers) section.)

how to hike (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?73587-how-to-hike)
some observations (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?14493-observations-from-fs42-(advice-for-first-week-on-trail))

trailmercury
09-05-2016, 14:30
No trail name yet
NOBO
3/28
no Approach
I will be hiking with my 12 y/o son

wtrenda
09-05-2016, 14:32
No trail name

SOBO

6/15 tentatively

Hiking with my dad who will be a new retiree. Super excited for him to be able to relax and enjoy the trail.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

AndyD
09-05-2016, 16:22
Ah finally the 2017 thread.

No trail name as of yet, for now it's just Andy.

NOBO 04/05/17

No approach trail

Will be flying solo after graduating college, looking forward to meeting all of you out on the trail!

jjozgrunt
09-05-2016, 17:17
Moose
NOBO 12th Mar 2017
No approach trail

Arrive Atlanta from Australia 10th, day to get food/fuel and mail a few things, then get to Springer.

If you hear a melodious aussie accent from a 50+ young man, it's probably me, so say g'day. Meeting you is one of the reasons I'm bushwalking the AT.

Big Iron
09-05-2016, 19:55
No trail name yet
SOBO June 1st (weather permitting)2017
No approach trail
Taking my dog Roscoe too. Not in Baxter park of course.

jsjmm
09-05-2016, 20:17
no T.N.
NoBo. middle March, 2017
No approach

kizzybean
09-05-2016, 21:54
No Trail Name yet
NOBO March 28th/ 29th
No approach trail

Martzy
09-05-2016, 22:09
Also no trail name, yet
NOBO
Planning on a March 1st start
Leaning towards no approach trail

Rayleeya
09-05-2016, 22:16
Trail Name: I have a few ideas floating around in my head but nothing set in stone.
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 1st - 15th (I'm flexible on dates to start)
Approach Trail - No (Didn't know you could skip it, I was not sure how) :-?
Always looking for hiking partners (pm me)

Christoph
09-05-2016, 22:21
Thumper, nobo, April 10th-ish, approach trail yes, but bit the stairs this time, trying to beat my 750 miles last attempt and go all the way!

Wanderingventurer
09-05-2016, 22:40
No trail name yet. Chip will work for now.
NoVo
Starting March 5.
No final decision yet on the Approach Trail. I have previously hiked it several times, but those were on section hikes. I am still contemplating wether or not I want to include it as part of my thru hike or not.

Joe Rogowski
09-06-2016, 00:33
No trail name yet, joe
nobo
starting march 11
yes for approach trail

JEgestad
09-06-2016, 02:22
Trail name - none yet
Direction - NOBO
Estimated start date - March 28 or close
Approach trail yes/no - havent decided yet

flibbit
09-06-2016, 06:20
No trail name yet
NOBO
March 31/April 1
Approach Trail - yes

Finally getting to embark on this trail after 13 years. My soon-to-be 16yo son may join me, but I'm in for sure.

Engine
09-06-2016, 07:03
Engine & Caboose
SOBO
June 10
We've wanted to do this for almost 30 years...took an early retirement a few days ago and now it's going to happen! :banana

The Roaming Gnome
09-06-2016, 12:49
Roaming Gnome
NOBO
Mid February or Early March
Approach Trail - Hell No!

Springer Mountain start. I hiked the Georgia and North Carolina sections last year so to hell with the stairs! :p I'll be Vloging on my Youtube Channel.

ShadowSoul
09-06-2016, 16:55
Dicey (for now)
NOBO
First week in March
Yes on the Approach Trail.

Gritty
09-06-2016, 19:31
No trail name yet
NOBO
First week of March
No Approach Trail




Alice Kingsley (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1985859/): This is impossible.
The Mad Hatter (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000136/): Only if you believe it is.

Old Brain
09-06-2016, 20:42
Yikes! My first post and time to commit!
Grandson calls me Old Brain, but I'm open to something else!
Convoluted Flip Flop....Amicalola State Park to Winding Stair Gap this fall, SNP north mid-late April 2017, flip back for southern portion to WSG, then Bartram and Foothills to my front door in Jocassee Gorges!
Maybe not technically a thru by some standards, but lord willing and the creek don't rise....my version of a thru :sun

Fireplug
09-06-2016, 21:10
Trail Name FIREPLUG
Approach trail? Not sure yet
start date March 1st or 13th. Will know as it gets closer
NOBO.

Guyler
09-06-2016, 21:57
No trail name yet, my non-trail name is 'Matt'
NOBO
March 15-31st
No Approach Trail

Tried to register, but ATC website says there is no availability at all March or April. I would be flexible about when I start in those two months, but if it's all 'NO' then I'll stick to the plan!

Fireplug
09-06-2016, 22:28
No trail name yet, my non-trail name is 'Matt'
NOBO
March 15-31st
No Approach Trail

Tried to register, but ATC website says there is no availability at all March or April. I would be flexible about when I start in those two months, but if it's all 'NO' then I'll stick to the plan!
You can start hiking anytime you want. Registering with the ATC is not mandatory. They just like people to do that so they can keep track of the number of people hiking.

Drew33
09-06-2016, 22:48
no trail name yet
NOBO
Springer mountain
3-3-17/3-9-17
of course i am doing approach trail

BeeMarieVarner
09-07-2016, 00:20
No trail name yet
NOBO
Start date February 13, 2017
Yes on the approach trail

I'm still looking for someone to start the trail with!! This will be my first solo backpacking adventure :D

Gritty
09-07-2016, 05:52
No trail name yet, my non-trail name is 'Matt'
NOBO
March 15-31st
No Approach Trail

Tried to register, but ATC website says there is no availability at all March or April. I would be flexible about when I start in those two months, but if it's all 'NO' then I'll stick to the plan!


I just went to the Thru-Hiker Registration page on the ATC site. It says registration for 2017 wont be available until October.

Roosevelt
09-07-2016, 06:30
Roosevelt
NOBO
END OF MARCH EARLY APRIL START TIME
No approach trail

Starchild
09-07-2016, 13:13
no trail name yet
NOBO
Springer mountain
3-3-17/3-9-17
of course i am doing approach trail

Curious of why you feel so strongly about the approach trail that you apparently expect it to the the standard answer for AT thru starts.

pigghammer
09-07-2016, 13:24
trail name- Pigghammer
NOBO
April 1st/2nd
no approach

cant wait for april. flying in from the UK, quitting my job and thru-hiking the world famous A.T.
next year is going to be a good one.
see you on the trail.

SERocks
09-07-2016, 15:11
Trail Name: Probably "Seven"
Direction: NOBO
Date: On or about April 28th
Approach Trail: Most likely No.

Will register when available.

Scratch
09-07-2016, 16:27
No Trail Names yet:

Kat & Josh
NOBO
Early March
No Approach trail

Tiggerhiker
09-07-2016, 17:15
Tigger
NOBO
Feb 13th
see u fools out there

Dennis.OnthegO
09-07-2016, 20:58
OnthegO
NOBO
March 6th
Includes the approach trail
The next 6 months will possibly be the longest 6 months of my life. :)

khub
09-07-2016, 21:38
Fishman
NOBO
March 11th at 11:11am
No on the Approach Trail

Drew33
09-07-2016, 22:00
if one is setting out on a journey such as the AT, whats another 8 miles ? i know it isn't part of the trail, but in a way it is. but like i said, whats 8 more miles. if people are worried about doing 8 additional miles they may want to rethink there thru hike

Drew33
09-07-2016, 22:02
Curious of why you feel so strongly about the approach trail that you apparently expect it to the the standard answer for AT thru starts.

if one is setting out on a journey such as the AT, whats another 8 miles ? i know it isn't part of the trail, but in a way it is. but like i said, whats 8 more miles. if people are worried about doing 8 additional miles they may want to rethink there thru hike...personel opinion i guess

Fireplug
09-07-2016, 22:59
Fishman
NOBO
March 11th at 11:11am
No on the Approach Trail
Why not March 3rd at 3:33 pm. 33333

Steve Fogg
09-07-2016, 23:53
no trail name yet, most likely will be Foggy
NOBO
planning to start in early to mid-March
will probably hike the approach trail (why do you ask?)
this is #1 on my bucket list, so hopefully I can see it thru.

WiredMonk
09-08-2016, 03:04
No trail name
Flip-flop starting north from Harper's Ferry
Mid-April

mchouse
09-08-2016, 07:40
No trail name yet.
NOBO
Start March 1-15, depending on weather.
Approach Trail-Yes

I am retiring January 3. Can't wait to get started.

Gritty
09-08-2016, 08:32
if one is setting out on a journey such as the AT, whats another 8 miles ? i know it isn't part of the trail, but in a way it is. but like i said, whats 8 more miles. if people are worried about doing 8 additional miles they may want to rethink there thru hike...personel opinion i guess

I'm sure the reasons for NOT doing the approach trail are many. I doubt "worry" is one of those reasons.

I am not doing it mainly because I have already hike down the falls, up the falls, the entire approach trail to Springer, and the trail leading from the Approach to the Hike Inn and back to Amicalola Falls SP.

Also, the AT starts at Springer. It really doesn't matter HOW one gets to Springer. The Approach trail mileage does not factor into the AT 2181 miles (or whatever it is this year)

One term you will hear often on the trail, if you havent heard it already, is hike your own hike.

greensleep
09-08-2016, 09:17
sobo June 15

Breindy
09-08-2016, 09:27
No trail name
NOBO
March 17 but flexible
Possible approach trail

Breindy
09-08-2016, 09:29
I am looking for a partner as well. I am very excited and looking forward to the adventure..lol. Please let me know if interested. I am flexible.

dlcurtis22
09-08-2016, 09:41
No trail name as of yet, time will decide that.
NoBo.
Early March, 1st - 5 th.
Yes to the approach trail.

Fireplug
09-08-2016, 09:48
I am looking for a partner as well. I am very excited and looking forward to the adventure..lol. Please let me know if interested. I am flexible.
Hey. I was planning on starting 3-1-17 and still might but was also thinking of 3-13-17 that's a Monday after the time change so it will be darker later. Either way you will meet TONS of people to hike with. I did 4 days Springer to Neels Gap in April. 1st to the 4th. I started around 2pm and I was hiker 32 leaving that day thru the parking lot. Mountain Squid was there taking count. I also did Neels Gap to Fontana this June. I never spent a night alone. There are tons of people hiking all the time. But hey maybe see ya on the trail. I'll know more of a set date as it gets closer.

Dann-O
09-08-2016, 10:34
No trail name
NOBO
Departing March 6th
Approach Trail- YES

My pup will be joining me on hike north!

Uncle Pecos
09-08-2016, 11:12
Trail Name: Not yet
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date between Feb 18th and Feb 28th
Approach Trail - No
Solo unless someone decides to join prior to start date.

Breindy
09-08-2016, 14:55
NOBO
No trail name
March 17...or thereabout
Flexible on the Approach Trail too
Looking for a partner female

Raid
09-08-2016, 19:06
Raid
NOBO
March 6
No Approach Trail

I would like all who hike the AT to think about joining the ATC, they help make our dreams come true! It's a great way to thank them. Disclosure: I have no affiliation with them other than being a member.

skinnbones
09-08-2016, 19:11
Trail Name - SKIN
Direction - NOBO
Start Date - April 12th
Approach Trail - Yes

erinamelia
09-08-2016, 19:19
No trail name

NOBO

March 21- April 3rd of 2017. All of my family (+extended) has birthdays in march, still trying to figure stuff out official date

I live in Chattanooga, I wont be doing the approach trail

I'm still looking for a partner, if anyone is hiking along and wants to start off with someone email me! erinbelcher0@gmail.com. looking for someone around my age (20's and female)

erinamelia
09-08-2016, 19:20
Hi! are you still looking for a partner?

Fireplug
09-08-2016, 20:03
NOBO
No trail name
March 17...or thereabout
Flexible on the Approach Trail too
Looking for a partner female

you will find plenty of females out there to hike with.

Deeann
09-08-2016, 20:17
No trail name
North
Feb 27 2017
No approach trail
Will be hiking for my mom, GRHS, I see some old hiker trash is at it again, count me in.

Bowzman7
09-08-2016, 22:06
TN: not definite but possibly "old balls"
NOBO
Mid March depending on weather
Cant wait to get going and meet other happy hikers. Turn 61 april 3rd. Hoping for best birthday ever

Bowzman7
09-08-2016, 22:08
Probably do approach trail to say i did

seoulstice
09-09-2016, 00:01
No trail name yet
NOBO
3/16
Yes to Approach trail

Longknife
09-09-2016, 00:33
Trail Name: Longknife
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: March 17th or close to it.
Approach Trail: I've already hiked it twice. No need to do it again.

The Roaming Gnome
09-09-2016, 10:52
Raid
NOBO
March 6
No Approach Trail

I would like all who hike the AT to think about joining the ATC, they help make our dreams come true! It's a great way to thank them. Disclosure: I have no affiliation with them other than being a member.

I agree. Even if it is $10.00. A great cause.

heckyesnugent
09-09-2016, 20:49
No trail name yet
NOBO
Early-Mid March
No approach trail

Booty2015
09-10-2016, 06:09
Trail Name: Boots
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: 030117
Approach Trail: ??

Kindling
09-11-2016, 15:47
Trail Name: Kindling (maybe)
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: First week of March
Haven't decided on the approach yet!

aimeekg97
09-12-2016, 12:35
Graceful
SOBO
June 9, 2017
No on the Approach - Already done it!

"43"
09-12-2016, 22:41
"43"
NOBO
March 19th
No Approach trail

Ready to see you all on the trail!

Greenlight
09-12-2016, 22:51
This is exciting!

Trail name: Greenlight (always will be)
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start date: May 1 (tentative - I'm going to see how far I get in 2 weeks)
Approach trail: Hell yes
This will be my first big chunk of the AT, as my new job affords me 30 days off per year. I don't know how far I make it, don't care how far I make it, but I'm hiking for two weeks.


The trail is calling ... time to make a commitment all you 2017ers!

Trail Name
Direction
Estimated Start Date
Approach Trail - yes or no
any additional info that you want the world to know

Also consider registering with ATC (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/thru-hiking/voluntary-thru-hiker-registration) to help avoid crowded conditions in GA. Weekends are typically busy as are March 1st, 15th and April 1st.

If anything changes, please update via a reply to this thread or send me a PM.

After you have completed your hike, don't forget to report back in with completion dates and how far you hiked!

Good Luck and Have Fun!

See you on the trail,
mt squid

(Later in the season a spreadsheet will be available for viewing in the articles (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/content.php/28-whiteblaze-thru-hikers) section.)

how to hike (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?73587-how-to-hike)
some observations (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?14493-observations-from-fs42-(advice-for-first-week-on-trail))

The_Hiking_Poet
09-12-2016, 23:29
Trail Name: Blazing Brides (fiancée and I are using this team trail name)
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: February 21, 2017 (if not, the 27th)
Approach Trail: Yes

My fiancée and I will be getting married at the end of our thru-hike! We are calling out hike "trekking down the aisle", and will be documenting our journey on multiple social media sources. Additionally, I will be writing as a blogger for Appalachian Trials while on trail. We look foraged to meeting a bunch of awesome hikers and making endless memories!

Happy trails!!!🌲🌲🏕🌲🌲

hikehunter
09-12-2016, 23:47
I will be doing another section hike in 2017. And I plan to do some Trail magic. I do my sections in Feb./Mar. it will most likely be between Franklin,NC and Fontana.
So, early birds Be warned.

trailsROC
09-13-2016, 13:34
No trail name yet
NOBO
February 25/26
Yes approach trail!

The_Hiking_Poet
09-13-2016, 19:14
Correction, "Trekking Titans" is our team name.

elmedico27
09-13-2016, 23:01
Tiger
NOBO March 21st
definitely approaching (gotta get that arch pic)

GOA.T. Trodder
09-14-2016, 05:20
GoA.T Trodder
Nobo
Approach trail February 25, A.T. 26th
43y/o overweight male with M.S. married with 3 grown kids, one still in high school. Wife is super supportive and will be joining me for a section before Damascus and will be doing trail magic after.
May have to flip to do main before I finish because both daughters getting married in September.
Hike on!!!!!!!
Trodder

Shrewd
09-14-2016, 18:41
Saxon, or Saxe, maybe. Or maybe I'll pick another up along the way.
nobo
early March, no set date
Probably bypassing the approach trail, anxious to get the show on the road :)

ke4mkll
09-15-2016, 09:35
Trail Name: Silverback
Direction: Flip flop
Estimated Start Date: January 1, 2017
Approach Trail - yes

My primary challenge is I have to work while undertake this adventure. The plan is to use my motor home to work from during the week. I'll move the motor home up the trail as sections are completed. The hope is to complete 25+ miles on the weekend and short 6-8mile sections during week day evenings. It will take the full year to complete so I plan to flip flop at some point. I'll do the approach trail New Year's eve and start NOBO on New Year's day. I'm going to schedule a mid-July Katahdin summit and then SOBO. Where I leave the trail in July will be my finish point. I'm afraid this will be anticlimactic but got to do what I got to do.

Cur Dog
09-15-2016, 14:34
Cur Dog
NOBO
March 8

Will have to come off trail at least 2 x 1 week periods to attend family events.

TN James
09-15-2016, 15:47
No trail name yet.
NOBO
Haven't decided on an exact date
Yes on the Approach Trail.

Also planning to do the GA section as a shakedown next month. I have 9 days so hopefully I'll be able to make it from Springer (no approach) to Deep Gap/Standing Indian shelter. If not, I'll get off at Top of Georgia and shuttle back to my car at Deep Gap.

ric
09-16-2016, 16:40
No trail name.
NOBO
April 15
No approach trail (Is this a problem? I'll do it if most people consider it part of the trail, but I don't mind cutting these miles since I'm already planning on 2189 miles.)

I've got preliminary approval from my boss to take Pay Without Leave for five or six months. But I'm not cleared by human resources yet. I'm cautiously optimistic. Otherwise I have to wait nine years until I retire.

I dislike cold weather, and figure I can pack a little lighter if I start April 15ish. My plan right now is to hammock. We'll see if that lasts.

I've got a couple of ideas for a trail name, but 1) how many "Ranger"s are on the AT every year, and 2) I also like the idea of stumbling (not literally) onto a trail name. Sort of like how you shouldn't name pets when you first meet them; you and they will figure out their name after a week or so.

I also figure (hope) I will finish in approximately 5 months, but am budgeting 6 months just in case.

I will be 48, but I really am a very young 48. My biggest fear is that I will be slower than the 20-somethings, and quicker than the 40+ crowd, so I'll never really be in any tiny bubbles. I am avoiding "the bubble" on purpose. I am hiking solo. My gf plans to meet with me at several points in Virginia during June/July weekends.

My other fears are being slowed down by blisters, and turning my ankle. I'm a fairly determined person, so the only thing that will prevent me from reaching Katahdin is injury.

GolfHiker
09-18-2016, 11:42
Trail Name- Golf
NOBO
Mid April from Harpers Ferry at the Flip Flop Festival date, when it's set. I'm guessing April 15.

I just completed the Southern Section, Springer to Harper's Ferry (1,024) miles in about 90 days. Technically I won't actually be completing a thru, given that I'll end up at Katahdin after 365 days have passed, so call me a "Slasher", or a Thru in 2, or whatever, but I'm excited as can be to get back out & head north! Someone told me I should consider myself part of the 2017 class, so I will.

Let me me say that I had a fantastic hike this spring/summer and expect a similar hike next year. No one wants to hear me blather on about what I just did, so I won't. But for all first timers, whether you have LD experience or not, you are in for quite a journey!

I will gladly share with anyone who wishes to PM me for more information.

Fireplug
09-18-2016, 18:00
Trail Name- Golf
NOBO
Mid April from Harpers Ferry at the Flip Flop Festival date, when it's set. I'm guessing April 15.

I just completed the Southern Section, Springer to Harper's Ferry (1,024) miles in about 90 days. Technically I won't actually be completing a thru, given that I'll end up at Katahdin after 365 days have passed, so call me a "Slasher", or a Thru in 2, or whatever, but I'm excited as can be to get back out & head north! Someone told me I should consider myself part of the 2017 class, so I will.

Let me me say that I had a fantastic hike this spring/summer and expect a similar hike next year. No one wants to hear me blather on about what I just did, so I won't. But for all first timers, whether you have LD experience or not, you are in for quite a journey!

I will gladly share with anyone who wishes to PM me for more information.

you wouldn't be Greg would you???????

Fireplug
09-18-2016, 18:08
Trail Name- Golf
NOBO
Mid April from Harpers Ferry at the Flip Flop Festival date, when it's set. I'm guessing April 15.

I just completed the Southern Section, Springer to Harper's Ferry (1,024) miles in about 90 days. Technically I won't actually be completing a thru, given that I'll end up at Katahdin after 365 days have passed, so call me a "Slasher", or a Thru in 2, or whatever, but I'm excited as can be to get back out & head north! Someone told me I should consider myself part of the 2017 class, so I will.

Let me me say that I had a fantastic hike this spring/summer and expect a similar hike next year. No one wants to hear me blather on about what I just did, so I won't. But for all first timers, whether you have LD experience or not, you are in for quite a journey!

I will gladly share with anyone who wishes to PM me for more information.

you wouldn't be Greg would you???????

goldielocks
09-18-2016, 19:32
I saw that when I looked at the available dates. Can we still plan to start when we want?

Soggybottom
09-18-2016, 23:43
Soggy
Estimated Start Date January 1
Approach Trail - no
I am posting this as a tentative. I am possibly going to be laid off in December and based on whether or not this happens my thru hike stands in the balance. I am not wishing for this to happen but it could. I am setting myself up for a deep winter hike and have almost all the gear for it. I have over 300 miles of section hike done already but I am planning on doing it all in one swell foop. :) I know a lot of you know me as a trail angel here in Waynesboro, PA and if you happen to come thru the Mason-Dixon line send me an email as I would be glad to help anytime I am free. soggyontheat@gmail.com

jjozgrunt
09-19-2016, 00:56
I saw that when I looked at the available dates. Can we still plan to start when we want?

I take it you are talking about the http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/thru-hiking/voluntary-thru-hiker-registration. It's voluntary and you can go whenever you like and don't have to register.

ReiserT
09-19-2016, 09:29
Iceman & Maverick (dog)
Nobo
First week of February
Not planning the approach unless the roads are closed

2015 AT nobo & PCT sobo
hoping to sobo the CDT in July
super stoked

MediocreSteve
09-19-2016, 22:24
Nobo same time setting up for deep winter late December Jan 1st latest
Let me know if you need/want a partner
MediocreSteveLive@gmail.com

MediocreSteve
09-19-2016, 22:27
No trail name
NOBO
Springer Mtn thru hike
Last week December/Jan 1st latest.

Tolmann
09-20-2016, 16:40
Tolmann (tentative: open to it changing during the trek)
Flip-flop - north from Harpers Ferry to Katahdin, then south from HF to Springer
04/16/2017
Taking the approach trail out to Amicalola Lodge

Tolmann
09-20-2016, 16:44
ATC Voluntary registration isn't available for 2017 yet. Looks like they are bringing a new system online in October...

ric
09-20-2016, 17:49
Tolmann (tentative: open to it changing during the trek)
Flip-flop - north from Harpers Ferry to Katahdin, then south from HF to Springer
04/16/2017
Taking the approach trail out to Amicalola Lodge



Can you take the approach trail out to Amicalola Lodge from Springer? I mean, I suppose you could, but that would be downhill, right?

ric
09-20-2016, 17:56
ATC Voluntary registration isn't available for 2017 yet. Looks like they are bringing a new system online in October...

Correct. See post 26 in this thread:

"I just went to the Thru-Hiker Registration page on the ATC site. It says registration for 2017 wont be available until October."

RabbitHole
09-20-2016, 20:03
Rabbit Hole
NOBO- early to mid march

Looking forward to meeting everyone

natbee
09-21-2016, 18:32
no trail name yet
NOBO
starting in late feb/early march
no approach trail

Can't wait to meet everyone!

buckeye49
09-21-2016, 21:01
Bulldog
NOBO
No approach
start Jan 1

Tolmann
09-22-2016, 12:40
Yeah, my plan is to stay overnight at the lodge, so I'm ok about the extra 8+ miles after summiting Springer...

Engine
09-22-2016, 12:55
Okay, an update to our original registry. After much contemplation, we are switching to a NOBO hike beginning on March 8, including the approach trail.

Engine & Caboose

Choulli
09-24-2016, 07:34
Choulli
March 21st
NOBO
No

MTmik
09-24-2016, 21:46
No trail name yet..
NOBO
Feb 28th is the plan so far.
Yes on approach unless i change my mind between now and then..LOL

erdenscheibe
09-25-2016, 13:48
Walnut (subject to change)
NOBO
Will probably fly to Atlanta on Mar 5th, start at 7th or 8th
Yes on the approach

caliea
09-26-2016, 12:16
Trail name: Wilderness Rapunzel
SOBO
starting June 1st
no approach trail
welcoming anyone who would like to join me for the beginning of the trip

heather_
09-26-2016, 22:22
Hello Lovelies! :sun
Trail Name: n/a yet
Estimated Start Date: March 5th
Approach Trail: Yes
Additional Information: I can't wait to meet everyone! :p

Fireplug
09-27-2016, 00:00
Might see ya on the trail. I'm leaving the 1st or 13th. Not sure yet. The 13th sounds better as its after the time change.

Balance Guy
09-27-2016, 00:46
I called the atc and they haven't opened 2017 registration yet that's why it's all "no" right now.

Balance Guy
09-27-2016, 00:52
No trail name yet.... I go by Jeff for now.
NOBO
March 3rd or 4th
No approach trail for me.
Wife is going to hang out for the first week. So I can slack pack the first few days. So yall may get some early trail angel if you sweet talk her.

bigred97
09-27-2016, 13:01
Name: None Yet
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Feb. 20th, 2017
Approach Trail: Heck Yeah, why not add an extra 8 miles.

mark2017
09-28-2016, 08:45
My trail name is "Tip Toe"
I will be headed Northbound.
I will start first week in March. Exact date TBD
I will not do the approach trail again unless family wants to join me first night to springer Mtn. Shelter.

I am really excited and nervous. see you soon:)

andsoshewalks
09-28-2016, 16:58
no trail name (yet!)
NoBo
February 28th
approach trail!

bikeandhike
09-29-2016, 16:35
no trail name
NOBO
my girl and I are heading out around March 10
yes to the approach trail

Rinku
09-30-2016, 04:21
No trail name yet
NoBo
March 1
Approach Trail is a yes

FiftyNine
09-30-2016, 06:09
FiftyNine (subject to change )
FlipFlop
April 16
Leaving from Harpers Ferry

FiftyNine
09-30-2016, 06:19
trying to delete this post...

mountain squid
09-30-2016, 10:29
The spreadsheet is ready for viewing. You can see it here (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/2017thruhikers.php) or find it from the homepage, left pane, click on 'Appalachian Trail', then 'WhiteBlaze Thru Hikers' and then 'Class of 2017'.

Let me know if there are any errors or omissions or updates.

Good Luck and Have Fun everyone!

See you on the trail,
mt squid

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Guyler
09-30-2016, 15:09
Excellent, thanks Mt Squid!

RMillerWV
09-30-2016, 22:39
Beaker
NOBO
Feb 18
Yes to approach trail

Darwin13
09-30-2016, 22:50
This is on behalf of two people.

Darwin and Legs
Nobo
March 1st
Yes Approach
Her first hike, im a PCT'r class of 14

psycho97
10-01-2016, 00:07
No trail name
Nobo
March 20-24
Undecided on approach

Dancing Banana
10-01-2016, 00:29
No Trail Name Yet
NOBO
March 9
Yes for approach.
I've done quite a bit of hiking, but always in a large group and usually just a couple days or so. Longest Trip was 10 days at Philmont, New Mexico. Can't wait to be able to Hike My Own Hike!

Ddtrey
10-01-2016, 06:04
- Trail Name: Peaches
- Starting mid-Feb 2017
- Approach trail for sure
- Can't wait to get started. Good luck to all you NOBOs/SOBOs in 2017!

Zendoutsu
10-01-2016, 12:11
No trail name
Nobo
April 5
Haven't decided on approach

sydneywaffa
10-01-2016, 21:23
None trail name for now. The trail will name me in time.
NOBO
Around march 1. Give or take a few days.
Yes to approach trail.
I'm going to be on a shoestring budget coming out of highschool.
Hoping to thru in under 160 days.

bkristynicole
10-04-2016, 16:58
Trail Name: I don't have one yet, but looking forward to seeing what it might turn out to be!
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 3, 2017
Approach Trail - heck yes! I've heard there are WATERFALLS!

Hi fellow thru hike attempters! Wishing you the best of luck on preparing, and lots of adventures and successes during your hike!

I attempted to hike from New York to Maine with my ex gf in 2010, but had to get off due to some ill-fitting boots that had just gone too far in their damage (properly fitting shoes are SO IMPORTANT). But the AT put the hiking bug in me, and I've been hiking ever since. But now I'm ready, ready not only to hike that ~800 miles, but the whole thing!

I'm currently residing in Houston, TX. I'm also training to run in the Houston marathon in January. When I'm not running, hiking or working, I'm avidly writing or reading, or practicing human suspension. My interests run the gammit!

I'm so eager to be on the trail.. I've got a few personal goals to accomplish while out there and I'm looking forward to all the adventures and people that I will meet on this great adventure!

BeeMarieVarner
10-06-2016, 00:13
Wooo Hoo! Nice to see that i'm not the only person in H-town to enjoy hiking! Though it is probably one of the worst cities to live in to prepare for the AT :/

Henning95
10-06-2016, 02:26
Trail Name - No trail name yet
Direction - NOBO
March 10-25, depends on my flight from Germany
Approach Trail - yes

Am I the only German here?

Dwderrick
10-09-2016, 19:00
No Trail Name
NOBO
February 25th-ish
Approach Trail - Haven't decided

MikeSC
10-10-2016, 16:46
Trail name - 5-4
NOBO from Springer
Start date - April 3
No approach trail

Socks63
10-12-2016, 03:55
How's it going all?

None yet... leaning toward Nietzsche (Knee-Chee)
NOBO
March 18th
A solid nope on the approach.

Excited to converse and eventually, potentially, meet some folks. Feel free to email to connect!

boshettee
10-12-2016, 11:13
No trail name
NOBO from Springer
Start April 1
No Approach

Raid
10-12-2016, 13:31
Name: None Yet
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Feb. 20th, 2017
Approach Trail: Heck Yeah, why not add an extra 8 miles.

I'm a Minnesota native, living in Georgia now. I see you are leaving before me. If you need something while here in Georgia, let me know.

purdaddy
10-12-2016, 21:28
Trail Name: None yet, but my last name is Purdy, I always end up being Purdy.
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 3/8
Approach Trail - Yes, and first night at Black Gap shelter.
NJ native, I'll be taking my time.

GriZZiLLa_Ga-Me09
10-12-2016, 21:58
Ready Set Go! Round 2 hopeful here. Made it to Maine last time but didn't finish due to Oct 15th closing of Baxter. From College Station, TX. Planning to start early Mar. this time. No approach trail this time. :-)

tommymillard9@gmail.
10-12-2016, 22:06
Trail name forrest (hike forrest hike) start date march 20 north bound not doing access trail

GriZZiLLa_Ga-Me09
10-13-2016, 04:55
Keep in mind no doggies in the smokies. Not sure if your aware, they're are hiker friendly kennels.

GriZZiLLa_Ga-Me09
10-13-2016, 05:27
There are kennels

RabbitHole
10-13-2016, 12:41
Rabbit Hole Update:
Trail name: Rabbit Hole
Start Date: March 21st
Approach: no
Additional Info: trail journal link: http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=545808
Will be hammocking, looking for tips!

bkristynicole
10-13-2016, 12:49
Hahaha, yes! I love hiking! I have hiked everywhere there is to hike around Houston (it is soooo flat), and my favorite National Park is in fact Big Bend... As for preparing... At the moment I am training for the Houston Marathon in January, and my cross training days are on a stair climbing machine... Plan on continuing that after the marathon, but with a full pack so that my legs can get a little used to the extra weight...

When are you heading out?

tommymillard9@gmail.
10-13-2016, 13:11
I'm starting march 20 solo would love some company

Meeko
10-13-2016, 18:20
Meeko
NOBO
Start date: end of March
No approach trail

From Minnesota originally, most recently lived in Kosovo working with the Peace Corps. Looking forward to meeting you all this spring!

OhioBlaze
10-15-2016, 17:22
Trail name: No Trail name yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start date: mid-late February
Approach trail: Game time decision

GriZZiLLa_Ga-Me09
10-15-2016, 17:59
Trail name: No Trail name yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start date: mid-late February
Approach trail: Game time decision

Love that "Game time decision"

Ashleywalks
10-17-2016, 18:53
No trail name
NOBO
Mid February
Undecided

Fireplug
10-17-2016, 19:27
No trail name
NOBO
Mid February
Undecided
Gonna be cold till Mid way thru VA.

Ashleywalks
10-17-2016, 20:02
I will be right there with you. Starting 11th at Springer no approach.

Oventoasted
10-18-2016, 00:08
No Name yet
NOBO
End of Feb - Beginning of Mar
Approach Trail - Yes

Fireplug
10-18-2016, 10:17
I will be right there with you. Starting 11th at Springer no approach.

Ill be right behind you. I'm starting on the 13th. I'm sure we will see eachother at some point!!

trailmercury
10-18-2016, 12:49
I posted above but my date has changed...
Now planning a 4/3 start on Springer...
see you all on the trail!

Doc Mike
10-22-2016, 08:59
We will wait on trail names

Starting last week of march.
Nobo
probably not doing approach

see you all out on the trail

cowg
10-24-2016, 07:30
I plan on starting in early April as a flip-flopper. I haven't pinned down the exact location but somewhere in lower VA. My trail name, courtesy of my daughter, is COWG. I will be 66 and am from Omaha, NE though as a retired/disabled Army helicopter pilot I am from lots of places but originally from MN. Adventure and experiencing the awesomeness of this hike are what draws me in and hiking for others (Disabled Veterans of America, Children's Hospital of Nebraska, and the Sarcoma Foundation of America) is what I hope will sustain me during the tougher moments out on the Trail.

Fireplug
10-24-2016, 11:56
I plan on starting in early April as a flip-flopper. I haven't pinned down the exact location but somewhere in lower VA. My trail name, courtesy of my daughter, is COWG. I will be 66 and am from Omaha, NE though as a retired/disabled Army helicopter pilot I am from lots of places but originally from MN. Adventure and experiencing the awesomeness of this hike are what draws me in and hiking for others (Disabled Veterans of America, Children's Hospital of Nebraska, and the Sarcoma Foundation of America) is what I hope will sustain me during the tougher moments out on the Trail.
Good to see you getting out there. I was a UH-1 Huey CREWCHIEF for 10 years in the Army.

josh_ATL
10-25-2016, 01:44
Trail Name: SecomdShift
Direction: SOLO NOBO HOBO
Estimated Start Date: 3/13
Approach Trail - NO EFFIN' WAY

Cesar1239
10-25-2016, 04:03
No Trail Name yet
NOBO
February 28th
Yes Approach
I'll be blogging for my youtube channel

kickatree
10-25-2016, 08:21
Julius Daniels "Kickatree"
NOBO
3rd or 4th week in March
no Approach

sparky2009
10-25-2016, 12:24
Sparky
NOBO
Mid febuary
Approach Trail after steps.

Fireplug
10-25-2016, 20:15
Trail Name: SecomdShift
Direction: SOLO NOBO HOBO
Estimated Start Date: 3/13
Approach Trail - NO EFFIN' WAY

see ya on the trail. I'm starting the same day.

missmek
10-25-2016, 20:56
No trail name yet!
NOBO
March 18th
No approach

Flying solo. Can't wait to meet everyone.

jjozgrunt
10-25-2016, 23:27
see ya on the trail. I'm starting the same day.

Same same, changed my date to have a second day off after flying from Australia. Will now start on the 13th. Thinking of shuttling up, on the 12th Sunday afternoon and getting an early start on the 13th. Staying in the Perimeter area, Dunwoody, Atlanta. REI store across the road for all the little things I'm not bringing such as esbit tabs.

Reading trail journals, people shuttling up on the day they start often don't start walking much before lunch time. I would hate to waste 1/2 a day. This way I will be able to get some good video at the start without hordes around, I hope. I may even stroll down the track a little bit and camp as I imagine there will be a crowd at Springer, from the map there looks like lots of likely places withing 200 - 500 metres the other side of the parking area.

CalvertHiker
10-26-2016, 13:40
Professor
NOBO
3/23
No approach
Fulfilling a life dream

Fireplug
10-26-2016, 16:11
Same same, changed my date to have a second day off after flying from Australia. Will now start on the 13th. Thinking of shuttling up, on the 12th Sunday afternoon and getting an early start on the 13th. Staying in the Perimeter area, Dunwoody, Atlanta. REI store across the road for all the little things I'm not bringing such as esbit tabs.

Reading trail journals, people shuttling up on the day they start often don't start walking much before lunch time. I would hate to waste 1/2 a day. This way I will be able to get some good video at the start without hordes around, I hope. I may even stroll down the track a little bit and camp as I imagine there will be a crowd at Springer, from the map there looks like lots of likely places withing 200 - 500 metres the other side of the parking area.

The shelter at Springer is huge. Been there plenty of spots. Plus if you get there around noon you can still hike up to Springer and back down to Hawk Mt shelter by 4 or 5. It's only 8 miles and easy flat trail.

WalkWithUs
10-27-2016, 08:44
No trail names yet, definitely excited to acquire one naturally.
Northbound
Tentative start date is between February 17th-23rd (as soon as the weathers "good")
Definitely doing the approach

The last thru-hike me and my partner went on was the South West Coast Path in England two summers ago. We are so excited to be heading back to the trail. If you want to follow our progress we created a website for this time around! Hopefully we will see some of you on the trail!

The Roaming Gnome
10-27-2016, 12:08
For those who are trying to register their start date with appalachiantrail.org it looks like you will be able to beginning November 24th.

Here is a note that I received from Tenny and am posting with his permission.


"Gary,

I spoke with the director of southern regional office of the ATC, who is orchestrating the registration system. Looks like it will be live by November 24th--Gobble, gobble :-) Our website now reflects this change.

There was a loophole in the 2016 version that allowed hikers to register their 2017 hikes as a 'flip flop thru-hike starting from a location other than Harpers Ferry.' Unfortunately, these folks will have to re-register their hikes when the 2017 system is live.

Thanks Gary,

Tenny"

trailmercury
10-27-2016, 12:32
For those who are trying register their start date with appalachiantrail.org it looks like you will be able to beginning November 24th.

Here is a note that I received from Tenny and am posting with his permission.


"Gary,

I spoke with the director of southern regional office of the ATC, who is orchestrating the registration system. Looks like it will be live by November 24th--Gobble, gobble :-) Our website now reflects this change.

There was a loophole in the 2016 version that allowed hikers to register their 2017 hikes as a 'flip flop thru-hike starting from a location other than Harpers Ferry.' Unfortunately, these folks will have to re-register their hikes when the 2017 system is live.

Thanks Gary,

Tenny"


Thanks Gary...I mean "Roaming Gnome"

The Roaming Gnome
10-27-2016, 16:37
Thanks Gary...I mean "Roaming Gnome"

Right back at ya...Trailmercury

FiftyNine
10-28-2016, 07:43
The ATC said the Thru hike registry will be active by Nov 24th according to their web site.


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Oventoasted
10-30-2016, 12:23
Updated time frame for me.

No Name yet
NOBO
20-21 Feb
Approach Trail - Yes

hillken
10-30-2016, 20:48
No name yet
NOBO
March 15

JLefty44
10-31-2016, 10:19
No trail name yet.
NOBO
March 7th
Approach Trail - Yes

Bomac
11-01-2016, 13:35
Trail name: Sweat
Direction: Flip flop - N out of Harpers Ferry, then S out of Harpers Ferry
Date: 1st week of May
Traveling with my wife of 30 yrs.

Monk17
11-01-2016, 18:27
Trail name: Ninja
Northbound
Near the end of February, not sure on the date yet.
No reason to not hike the approach trail.

freys
11-01-2016, 21:21
Trail name: None yet. Curious what it will be and when/how I get it.
nobo March 9th
I'd like to say Yes on Approach but when I do the math of 604 steps it just doesn't seem smart. Being in shape isn't the issue at all. Come on man 604 steps is just silly business.

Bananajoe
11-02-2016, 08:21
No Name yet
SOBO
around 1 June
Approach Trail - Yes
Swiss man here. Hope i can still enter USA in June. I dont know, how quick president Trump is building the walls. :D

Cowboyhard
11-03-2016, 20:25
No trail name yet
NOBO
March 6 2017
approach trail -- yes

ItisB123
11-03-2016, 22:50
Why not wait until early March ?

cowg
11-04-2016, 03:07
ah, my favorite sound and aircraft

Motormouth
11-05-2016, 11:16
Motormouth
NOBO
First week of March
Not sure about approach trail.

theevergreeneclectic
11-06-2016, 12:28
to trail name yet
nobo
late march?
yes approach trail

Doors1Fan
11-07-2016, 11:19
No trail name yet - my nickname is Lizard

North to South Approach trail yes. Start as early as Feb. weather depending...

I just found out I am getting laid off from the TELCO after 20 years. Always said I would hike the AT if I ever got fired or laid off LOL

Babbitt
11-07-2016, 16:30
Trail Name Babbitt
NOBO
March 7, 2017 start approach trail

Helopilot
11-08-2016, 01:06
Trail name: Big Bird
NOBO: starting 1 April 17 @ mile 931 (Luray VA)
stopped on 3 Jul last year for an injury, Going to pick up where I left off.

FiftyNine
11-08-2016, 09:12
Big bird - Glad to see your coming back. I enjoyed your daily videos last year. I'm starting my flip flop from Harpers Ferry on the 16th. You may be a little ahead of me but maybe we'll run into each other.


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0%CHANCE
11-08-2016, 11:26
Trail name is 0%CHANCE
i want to start March 15th
and yes I am going to do the approach trail and stay my first night at springer Mt. Shelter

Huli
11-08-2016, 12:24
No trail names (Wife and I)
SoBo
17 June 17http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161108/c63c18b411273ab8b98d840bb55cdb4e.jpg

mwcal
11-08-2016, 15:13
Mawaca
Nobo
Mid March
Approach trail, yes

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jekerdud
11-08-2016, 20:47
No trail name yet
NOBO
Monday after Kickoff weekend - March 6th
Approach Trail - Undecided, more than likely.
I am getting a blog up and running, where I will post pics and videos. I have the domain created, but no content yet. I will do some lead up stuff too, shakedown hikes and whatnot, and I have to create a new youtube channel to go with it, the one I have is video game related. My brother is coming along too, we probably won't hike together the whole time but keep tabs on each other and encourage each other the whole way!

hoozurmama
11-10-2016, 15:23
Hoozurmama
NOBO
March 27
No Approach Trail

ObLX
11-10-2016, 22:19
Baloo
GaMe
2nd week of march
Approach trail


Still waiting for my visa (i'm german).
Currently weighing in at 375 lbs. Not doing the trail for the purpose of losing weight, but it will be a nice side-effect.
Been looking forward to this since i learned of the AT's existence in 2001.

ATeam
11-10-2016, 22:34
ATEAM here! (Hobo & Turtle)
SOBO starting July 4th
"Approach trail" is a must for a SOBO. How else would you get to the start/finish point on top of Katadhin (LOL)

We're 50-something, self - employed, flat landers from College Station, TX. We tackled about 300 miles of the AT during the summer of 2010 (Lee, MA to Mt Washington summit). We fell in love with Vermont so we went back during the summer of 2012 and hiked the Long Trail. Hobo solo hiked GA though SMNP in '07 while I (turtle) was still teaching school but had to end the thru attempt early.

In charge of our own schedule now, we are excited to have more than 6 weeks to spend on the trail. Guess we'll howdy all you NOBO's somewhere in New England.
Happy trails!!!
trailjournals.com/ATeam

GriZZiLLa_Ga-Me09
11-11-2016, 00:32
We're 50-something, self - employed, flat landers from College Station, TX
trailjournals.com/ATeam

Gig Em. I also hail from Aggieland.
I'm 33 and went to grade school here. Wonder if I was ever in one of your classes?? My name is Joey Stevens.

cranky bear
11-13-2016, 17:17
Patch

Nobo

March 1st

Approach Trail- Unsure at the moment


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trapperjohn22
11-13-2016, 21:59
Dunc and Kate (no trail name yet)

NOBO

Around March 22nd

Approach Trail - not decided

We are coming over from Australia, awaiting visas at the moment before confirming flights and start dates! Getting pretty excited!

Nevertolate?
11-15-2016, 21:10
Hello,

NOBO on Mar. 13th...If we happen to meet I am Alma (no trail name yet) and I that Plato is a smart man!

Nevertolate?
11-15-2016, 21:12
No name yet
NOBO 3-13-16

jjozgrunt
11-15-2016, 21:45
Hello,

NOBO on Mar. 13th...If we happen to meet I am Alma (no trail name yet) and I that Plato is a smart man!

Leaving the same day, but I'm going up on the 12th from Dunwoody. I like early starts and don't want to waste half a day. May catch you on the trail. I'm a great fan of Plato and if you don't have it this is a great link. https://appalachiantrailclarity.com/2016/03/20/most-important-question-wheres-the-beer/

Fireplug
11-16-2016, 14:59
Leaving the same day, but I'm going up on the 12th from Dunwoody. I like early starts and don't want to waste half a day. May catch you on the trail. I'm a great fan of Plato and if you don't have it this is a great link. https://appalachiantrailclarity.com/2016/03/20/most-important-question-wheres-the-beer/


Looks like about 6 of us starting out the same day. I'm gonna take it slow the first few weeks. 8 to 12 mile days. I'm planning on staying in the same shelters I stayed at when I hiked from Springer to Fontana Dam. That was a good pace for me. 15 days to get there then I'll pick up the pace after the smokies

bob7
11-17-2016, 11:21
hobojoe
NOBO
March 15th
Approach Trail- Yes

My wife and I and two friends will all starting on March 15th after stay at Hiker Hostel in Dahlonega.

Sparks2017
11-19-2016, 22:43
37047I will be hiking with my wife Bushy on March 9th

Bushy Hartman
11-19-2016, 22:50
Hello all!
Sparks2017 and I (Bushy)need a Trail name, will be starting NOBO, March 9, no on approach trail.

This is our second attempt (Come back kids!) and we are much better prepared this go round. I go by my nickname Bushy but hope for a trail name. We presently hail from northern Florida the place will hills.

Best wishes to all the towns may they not be harmed by the fires and many thanks to the firefighters may they all come home safe.

ciao for now,
Bushy and Sparks

Sparks2017
11-19-2016, 22:52
Sparks and Bushy
NOBO
9 March
Approach trail: no

renais
11-20-2016, 10:28
Trail Name: Catnapper
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 3/1 or so
Approach Trail - yes or no: Maybe
any additional infothat you want the world to know: I’ve done the whole trail. When I left in 15, I was pretty sure I wouldnot hike it again. As time went by, Icontinued to feel the lure of the trail. After months of prayerful consideration, several visits to the trail,and a lot of soul searching, I’ve decided to go again.

When I skipped the approach trail in the past, I feltsomething missing, so I went back to do it. In the past, I tried to do every single foot of the trail. If I got picked up at a road to go into town,and then dropped off on the other side of the road, I’d walk across the road toget that piece. I’m not sure I’llapproach the hike the same way this year; we’ll see.

My 15 adventure is on trail journals; not sure if I will doan online journal again.

See you on the trail!
Catnapper

rashamon12
11-21-2016, 04:00
Trail Name:Hard Drive
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date : June
Approach Trail: yes
will be having a friend come with but he has no trail name as of yet.

halvedspeed
11-21-2016, 06:53
Trail Name: none yet
Direction:TBD
Start Date: TBD
Approach Trail: TBD

I don't know anything yet. But ill be out there

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MadRanger
11-21-2016, 13:07
The only German? Perhaps technically; but, my first breath of life was taken in Frankfurt, am Main! Willkommen!
JAX DAD

MadRanger
11-21-2016, 14:37
Trail Name: JAX DAD
Direction: North
Start Date: 06 FEB 2017
Approach Trail: Nope - been there - and over many of the ridges and in sundry creeks in the area.
https://hikewithjaxdad.wordpress.com/

caliea
11-21-2016, 15:56
Do you know when in June you will be starting?

left52side
11-21-2016, 18:28
Not sure if I posted here or not yet but I am beginning my thru hike NOBO starting sometime in or around march after hopefully doing my winter Florida trail thru hike if fiances allow me to do both this year,if not I will be doing the AT in march seeing how I have already section hiked much of the FT in years past.

piratekitty
11-21-2016, 21:03
Trail Name: None yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Planning on February 14th
Approach Trail - yes or no: Yep
any additional info that you want the world to know: I did a section in North Carolina 16 years ago, and always wanted to go back. I was diagnosed with MS earlier this year, and decided that since my health is only going to get worse, screw it, I'm going to hike this thing.

kselfe
11-22-2016, 03:29
Trail Name - Tornado
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - 3/23/17
Approach Trail - yes

I've lived in Portland, OR for 10 years but am originally from Roanoke, VA. I grew up hiking parts of the AT and have always wanted to attempt a thru hike. I've been a professional musician for the last 20 years and am transitioning out of playing music for a living and can't think of a better way to change my perspective than an adventure. I have a degree in Meteorology from NC State and my band is called "The Tornadoes" so hence my trail name. I've been training by hiking the PCT around Mt Hood.

rashamon12
11-22-2016, 05:46
early june, prolly within the first week.

bladnik26
11-22-2016, 12:36
Sir NoTrailName (not my actual trailname, just mixing it up)
NOBO
03-05-17
Yes

I graduated HS class of 2016, and I'm looking forward to the trail as a means of inspiration for the future. Hope to see you in March!

Bryan G. Hickman
11-25-2016, 20:41
Trail Name: Flag Staff
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: 20 February 2017
Approach Trail - I'll be starting at Mt Flagg, Alabama. I'm taking the Pinhoti Trail, to the BMT, to Springer and then I'll begin my AT thru hike. So I guess I'm taking a 400mile approach.

This will be my first thru hike, and I'm extremely excited for it.

Bryan G. Hickman
11-25-2016, 20:43
Hey, I graduated 2015, but was originally due to graduate in 2016. I'm glad to see there will be others our age thru hiking this year. Hopefully I'll see you on the trail.

katb
11-26-2016, 14:35
Trail Name: no trail name yet
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: 3/22/2017
Approach Trail: yes

katb
11-26-2016, 14:39
Und, hast du dein Visum jetzt? Auch schon den Flug/die Flüge gebucht?

katb
11-26-2016, 14:59
Oops, sorry, that was supposed to be specified at someone, but I'm new to this website and I have no idea how it works!

Fireplug
11-26-2016, 17:23
Oops, sorry, that was supposed to be specified at someone, but I'm new to this website and I have no idea how it works!

it takes time to learn. Your about a week behind me. I'm sure you will catch me. Hope ya do. Be cool talking to ya about Germany. Interesting country

frontovik193
11-27-2016, 01:54
Finally got around to registering my hike.
Anyways..
March 28 (my birthday)
Approach trail
No trail name.

See you all out there!

Chris Also
11-27-2016, 15:25
trail name-- ALSO
direction-- northbound
Estimated Start Date-- 28 Feb 2017
Approach Trail - yes

Hello, My trail name is ALSO and I'm starting the trail on 28 Feb 2017.

See you on the AT!

ALSO

Fireplug
11-27-2016, 15:44
Is there anyway to check the ATC web site to see how many people are starting on certain days???? If so can you post a link please

coyote9
11-28-2016, 04:11
NOBO
late Feb-Early March
Yes

bigmeech
11-28-2016, 15:52
No trail name quite yet
NOBO starting March 5th, registered with the ATC
Approach trail -- yes

Can't wait to meet you folks.

rreddish
11-29-2016, 15:59
Hi All!
Train name as of yet undetermined: (real name Becca)
Nobo hike
starting March 10th
planning to do the approach trail with my sister who is graciously driving me from Massachusetts to Georgia.
Thru hiking solo and a little nervous about it- so if anyone sees a very curly haired girl on the trail, say helloo!

Fireplug
11-29-2016, 18:42
Hi All!
Train name as of yet undetermined: (real name Becca)
Nobo hike
starting March 10th
planning to do the approach trail with my sister who is graciously driving me from Massachusetts to Georgia.
Thru hiking solo and a little nervous about it- so if anyone sees a very curly haired girl on the trail, say helloo!
You will be 3 days ahead of me. Maybe see ya on thr trail.

cranky bear
11-29-2016, 19:22
My start date has been changed to 3/15.


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Fireplug
11-29-2016, 20:06
My start date has been changed to 3/15.


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Few days behind me. I'm sure you will catch me

llamathrust
11-29-2016, 20:15
No official trail name (liking the sound of taco salad at the moment)
NoBo
April 1-10ish
Approach leaning towards yes

Ready to start these shenanigans!!! 😁

cranky bear
11-29-2016, 20:22
Few days behind me. I'm sure you will catch me

Anythings possible, but I will be taking it slow at the start and slowly build up the miles. Or at least going day by day by how my body feels.


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HorseWithNoMane
11-29-2016, 20:40
No trail names yet for us.
NOBO
Mid April
yes on the approach

sammygitts
11-29-2016, 23:24
No trail name yet
NOBO
2/25
I'll be hiking the approach trail

seanflan76
11-30-2016, 16:51
No name yet
NOBO
2/24/2017
Approach Trail - Most likely will

Giuseppe
11-30-2016, 21:57
Giuseppe
nobo
Feb. 1, 2017
approach trail- probably

jeremys
11-30-2016, 22:13
No name yet
NOBO
4-5-2017
Approach Trail - Yes

Cowboyhard
12-01-2016, 19:09
Changed to April 1st

ATaBoy
12-02-2016, 16:39
AtaBoy
NB
To start March 15th
Approach trail-negative
Good social skills-plays well with others-all round good guy-see ya on trail!

StuartCairnie
12-02-2016, 19:04
No trail names for us yet:)
NB
Starting April 5th
Yes to approach trail

PaJohn
12-04-2016, 03:04
Trail name: PaJohn
Direction: North bound from Springer Mtn.
Estimated Start Date: 14 March '17
Approach trail: Yes

GriZZiLLa_Ga-Me09
12-04-2016, 12:49
Anythings possible, but I will be taking it slow at the start and slowly build up the miles. Or at least going day by day by how my body feels.


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I suggest every thru hiker do this, start a week or two early if you feel the need. Too many injuries in the beginning, some of which are due to people pushing their bodies too hard before it has reached its prime and is in better shape to handle the abuse of hiking the AT everyday. I will be doing the same thing as crankybear here.

Lear
12-04-2016, 14:00
I'm planning to start at Harpers Ferry may 1st and head north for three months. Did 300 miles in the south last y. I'm just a potatoe eating section hiker. Three months is max away from work and I don't want to rush but I don't want to miss the fun up north either.

BeardTheNick
12-04-2016, 17:02
No trail name as of yet.
NOBO
Planning to start March 11th or 12th and I will be doing the approach trail.

quinnkj
12-05-2016, 13:15
No trail name yet
NOBO
March 29th
will use approach trail

coyote9
12-05-2016, 16:36
Update
Day to start March 4

2EZ
12-06-2016, 11:56
2EZ
NOBO
Mid-March start pending water/trail conditions
No Approach trail

dlgartner
12-06-2016, 14:14
TN DufrDan
NOBO
Start @ Springer 4/10/17
Approach Trail No
Registered ATC Member
Vietnam Veteran hiking to support DAV
Goal to make Harpers Ferry by July 4th

FiftyNine
12-06-2016, 17:11
TN DufrDan
NOBO
Start @ Springer 4/10/17
Approach Trail No
Registered ATC Member
Vietnam Veteran hiking to support DAV
Goal to make Harpers Ferry by July 4th

I'm not sure but I think we briefly met while hiking Zaleski backpackers trail last month. Good luck on your hike!


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JLefty44
12-07-2016, 08:17
Update to start date...now leaving March 21. I still plan to hike the approach trail.

Froggy S
12-09-2016, 04:33
Froggy (might be)
NOBO
April 3rd
No

After completed the Latine Triple Crown (Crossing France 2140 miles), Spain (1500 miles), Italy (1715 miles), I want tot discover the american way of trekking. My B2 visa get, It's time to dream of the AT.
Previous treks are on Caminaire (http://caminaireinenglish.wordpress.com/wp-admin/)

halvedspeed
12-09-2016, 15:31
Update:
Name: My brother has gifted me with a temporary trail name, "Supreme Asskicker"
NOBO
March 1st start date at Amicola.

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9samrush
12-10-2016, 03:29
No trail name yet
Nobo
January1st
no approach trail

Ckb81
12-11-2016, 21:03
No trail name yet
Nobo
March 15
Approach trail


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Wildberry
12-12-2016, 00:21
Trail name: Wildberry (?)
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start date: Mid March?
Approach Trail: TBD

Hey everyone. I am looking for hiking partner(s), preferably college aged and female like me. Trying to stay safe and motivated. I'm not huge on talking and I enjoy randomness and adventure. Please contact me if you're interested.
Look forward to meeting all of you soon!

Henning95
12-12-2016, 05:51
Update:
start date: March 1

Revmeup
12-12-2016, 09:03
No trail names yet. But it will be me, my other half and our 15 year old daughter.
SOBO
Starting June 1st.
Approach Trail, yes
We're already training, hope to finish by Halloween, need to finish by Thanksgiving.

screamingabyss
12-14-2016, 06:07
No name yet
NOBO
Late March
Yes to the approach trail

Fireplug
12-14-2016, 18:46
Trail name: Wildberry (?)
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start date: Mid March?
Approach Trail: TBD

Hey everyone. I am looking for hiking partner(s), preferably college aged and female like me. Trying to stay safe and motivated. I'm not huge on talking and I enjoy randomness and adventure. Please contact me if you're interested.
Look forward to meeting all of you soon!

you will find a group to hike with, lots of SOLO people will hike alone most of the time and hang with people at the shelters.
Im heading out again on 3-12-17. Approach trail. I picked that day as its just after the time change.