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Kirby
02-08-2008, 19:10
Well, my time has come. These are going to be a hectic couple of weeks coming up, and I'm not sure if I will have another opportunity after this weekend to thank everyone for the valuable information for my thru hike this year, so thank you everyone. If I can, I will certainly try to get on before I leave.

Here are my ETA for landmark points along the trail:
Damascus: April 10th-April 20th
Harper's Ferry: May 15th-25th
Katahdin: August 10th-20th

If you would like to contact me, please feel free to email me, as that is my first priority when I get a chance to go on the computer.

Thanks again everyone, and I'll see you on the trail.
Kirby

A-Train
02-08-2008, 19:12
Good luck-you're more than prepared. Go have the adventure of a lifetime.

AND be sure to wear that Giants patch proudly! We want pictures

Appalachian Tater
02-08-2008, 19:14
Good luck, Kirby. Have fun!

Hooch
02-08-2008, 19:15
Kirby, best wishes for an awesome thru! This, I'm sure, will be the adventure of a lifetime. Be safe and keep that Trail Journal updated as best you can. For one, I'll look forward to reading it regularly! HYOH!

doggiebag
02-08-2008, 19:16
Take care and have a great hike Kirby. Keep us all updated. You've got a good head on your shoulders. You'll do well.

OregonHiker
02-08-2008, 19:17
Well, my time has come. These are going to be a hectic couple of weeks coming up, and I'm not sure if I will have another opportunity after this weekend to thank everyone for the valuable information for my thru hike this year, so thank you everyone. If I can, I will certainly try to get on before I leave.

Here are my ETA for landmark points along the trail:
Damascus: April 10th-April 20th
Harper's Ferry: May 15th-25th
Katahdin: August 10th-20th

If you would like to contact me, please feel free to email me, as that is my first priority when I get a chance to go on the computer.

Thanks again everyone, and I'll see you on the trail.
Kirby

Happy Trail(s)

taildragger
02-08-2008, 19:19
:welcome

dixicritter
02-08-2008, 19:20
Kirby, SGT Rock and I wish you a great hike! You seem to be a good young man, I hope we run into you somewhere on the trail this year. Enjoy yourself!! :)

taildragger
02-08-2008, 19:22
Say hi to cowboy for me

Bearpaw
02-08-2008, 19:23
BEST of Luck Kirby! Remember, AYCE's are your friend!!!! And don't be afraid of shelters. You can always tent near one if you're worried about snorers or mice, but you experience a lot of great things there with your friends as well.

turtle fast
02-08-2008, 19:25
Kirby....hope to see you on the trail....Ill be behind ya though by a few weeks!!!! Don't pee in the springs!!!!!!! We behind ya will need all the water we can get!!! :)

Lyle
02-08-2008, 19:26
Best of luck Kirby - you'll do well.

DAKS
02-08-2008, 19:28
good luck and have a ball kirby!

Footslogger
02-08-2008, 19:33
That's an agressive itinerary Kirby ...

Stop and smell the roses whenever you can. Focus on the journey and not the destination. Katahdin comes soon enough !!

Make a lot of friends, take a lot of pictures and keep it FUN !!

All the best ...

'Slogger

Pony
02-08-2008, 19:38
Good luck Kirby

Terry7
02-08-2008, 19:43
stop by and say hello when you come thru Damascus. Its the house with the free long distance phone on the front porch. 2 houses down from Cowboys.

Jaybird62
02-08-2008, 19:43
Happy Trails to you Kirby.

Mags
02-08-2008, 19:45
Enjoy the trail. Embrace all the challenges. Remember the experiences always.

What a journey to have at 16!

Lilred
02-08-2008, 19:47
Best of luck to you Kirby. I'll be looking for you on the 1st at the presentations. Not definate that I'm going yet, but leaning more towards going every day.
Have a GREAT HIKE!!!

Smile
02-08-2008, 19:49
Go Kirby! :)

GratefulHike
02-08-2008, 20:01
Rock on Kirby, I wish I would have started hiking at your age. I am not an old man but wow would I have had fun!!!! Have a blast.

MOWGLI
02-08-2008, 20:08
Good luck Kid.

CaseyB
02-08-2008, 20:13
Good luck Kirby. Hope to see you here in D-town when you come through.

slow
02-08-2008, 20:15
Kirby,have a GREAT HIKE.

T-Dubs
02-08-2008, 20:20
Good luck with your hike. Enjoy!

TWS

jzakhar
02-08-2008, 20:23
See ya out there in a few weeks Kirby!

peanuts
02-08-2008, 20:29
happy trails and remember.....have a good time!!!!

Roots
02-08-2008, 20:31
Have a great hike, Kirby. Hope to follow along on your journals. Gungho says hike a good one, too!! :)

cowboy nichols
02-08-2008, 21:02
:banana:banana:bananaRock On

Lone Wolf
02-08-2008, 21:07
Well, my time has come. These are going to be a hectic couple of weeks coming up, and I'm not sure if I will have another opportunity after this weekend to thank everyone for the valuable information for my thru hike this year, so thank you everyone. If I can, I will certainly try to get on before I leave.

Here are my ETA for landmark points along the trail:
Damascus: April 10th-April 20th
Harper's Ferry: May 15th-25th
Katahdin: August 10th-20th

If you would like to contact me, please feel free to email me, as that is my first priority when I get a chance to go on the computer.

Thanks again everyone, and I'll see you on the trail.
Kirby

look me up when you get to damascus. i may find you south of here and provide some magic which rarely happens on my part. :)

Skidsteer
02-08-2008, 21:10
Keep your head screwed on. Have fun.:)

River Runner
02-08-2008, 21:14
Have a great hike Kirby. It has been interesting reading your posts here as you've prepared for your trip. Enjoy!

Survivor Dave
02-08-2008, 21:24
Have a great hike kid. I'll be a few days behind you. Take it S-L-O-W, it isn't a race. Listen to Footslogger. Some good advice.

Remember, shelters, tentsites, and hammocking trees for that matter never close. You'll get there.

The only tears I want to see are when the Dolphins kick ass on the Pats this season!

Hike on!

SD

Sharkey
02-08-2008, 21:37
Best of luck Kirby. I hope you enjoy your hike.

JERMM
02-08-2008, 21:41
Good luck kirby, have a great hike

Bulldawg
02-08-2008, 21:42
Good luck Kirby. I look forward to following your journey.

bloodmountainman
02-08-2008, 21:48
Best of luck to ya! This is what life was meant for...... freedom!!!!!:sun

clured
02-08-2008, 21:48
Get it done. The two best pieces of advice I got last summer:

1. There is no luck, good or bad. You make your own future.
2. Be a punching bag; no matter how bad the trail sucker-punches you, just bounce right back!

Have a great time.

emerald
02-08-2008, 22:04
You make your own future.

Kirby, your hike is your responsibility and it will be what you make of it. Make it something that will be pleasing to you as you hike it and in the years ahead when you look back upon it. No regrets!

bullseye
02-08-2008, 22:10
Have a great hike, my friend. Maybe I'll run into you out there.

tazie
02-08-2008, 22:12
Kirby, all the best to you, on this journey of a lifetime...I'll be looking for you on the trail when you come thru Maryland, and I'll bring you a huge sub sandwich! Have a great hike.

Kirby
02-08-2008, 23:58
Thank you everyone for the support, it's nice to know I won't be completely alone out there in the big bad woods of Appalachia.

I will be sure to track down all the WB locals as I come to their towns (Wolf, Terry7, TOW, Wonder, and CaseyB in Damascus, Jack in Hanover, etc.).

L.Wolf:
I'll keep you posted as to whether I need a shuttle to Marion, VA to catch a bus to meet my school mates, I'll look for your hell raising on WB when I get closer to make sure your still around.

I am planning a 5-6 month thru hike, nothing faster, nothing slower(need to be back in time for school).

Thanks again everyone, I look forward to seeing all of you on the trail, what ever that means for you.

Take care,
Kirby

Pedaling Fool
02-09-2008, 00:26
Kirby, aren't you hiking with a group?

camojack
02-09-2008, 00:33
Looks like it's pretty much all been said on this thread already. Enjoy! :p

dessertrat
02-09-2008, 00:36
Well, my time has come. These are going to be a hectic couple of weeks coming up, and I'm not sure if I will have another opportunity after this weekend to thank everyone for the valuable information for my thru hike this year, so thank you everyone. If I can, I will certainly try to get on before I leave.

Here are my ETA for landmark points along the trail:
Damascus: April 10th-April 20th
Harper's Ferry: May 15th-25th
Katahdin: August 10th-20th

If you would like to contact me, please feel free to email me, as that is my first priority when I get a chance to go on the computer.

Thanks again everyone, and I'll see you on the trail.
Kirby

I may see you in Northern Virginia, I'm planning on a two week trip last week of May first week of June, thru SNP to Harper's Ferry.

Good luck Kirby!

DawnTreader
02-09-2008, 01:28
good luck KIRBY!!!! take lots of pictures....

Blissful
02-09-2008, 01:33
Have a great time. And take it slow and steady the first few weeks. Enjoy!

CaseyB
02-09-2008, 02:31
Thank you everyone for the support, it's nice to know I won't be completely alone out there in the big bad woods of Appalachia.

I will be sure to track down all the WB locals as I come to their towns (Wolf, Terry7, TOW, Wonder, and CaseyB in Damascus, Jack in Hanover, etc.).

L.Wolf:
I'll keep you posted as to whether I need a shuttle to Marion, VA to catch a bus to meet my school mates, I'll look for your hell raising on WB when I get closer to make sure your still around.

I am planning a 5-6 month thru hike, nothing faster, nothing slower(need to be back in time for school).

Thanks again everyone, I look forward to seeing all of you on the trail, what ever that means for you.

Take care,
Kirby

Just make sure you are on the Ap-a-latch-un trail, not the Ap-uh-lay-shun trail. Look forward to meeting you.:sun

EWS
02-09-2008, 03:25
Take it easy Kirby. I wish you the best. You're smarter than most of us, just avoid getting tied in and you will still be living the dream in ten years.

BackTrack1
02-09-2008, 08:22
Good luck kirby, enjoy the trip, your very lucky to be able to do this at your age,
I'll be reading your trail journals.
Rock on dude:D:banana

Kirby
02-09-2008, 09:56
Kirby, aren't you hiking with a group?

Yes.

Kirby

FatMan
02-09-2008, 10:26
Kirby, what is your groups start date on Springer? If I'm up at Grassy Gap at the time I'll look out for you an your group and say hi.

zoidfu
02-09-2008, 10:58
Miles of smiles, Kirby:D

Pedaling Fool
02-09-2008, 11:22
That ain't no easy schedule, hope your group is ready, good luck.

the goat
02-09-2008, 11:42
have fun kirby, enjoy your journey!

Tin Man
02-09-2008, 12:39
Kirby, I will be following your journal and I would be happy to help out anyway I can when you get to the area around the NY/CT border.

Best wishes for a great journey,
Tin Man

cannonball
02-09-2008, 13:50
Good luck to you our young friend. You seem very mature for your age and have a "center" about you. A refreshing change to see in a kid these days.

If you have no objections, I would like to offer the label, Puppy, as your trail name. Pup for short. Not as a slight of your age but rather a reflection of your unbridled enthusiasim and your willingness to sink your teeth into your thru hike.

Jack Tarlin
02-09-2008, 14:11
I know you'll do just fine, Kirby. Have a great hike!

Gray Blazer
02-09-2008, 16:03
Have a good time,. See ya on the trail.

Nean
02-09-2008, 17:31
Have a great hike young man.:)

jersey joe
02-09-2008, 17:43
Who's gunna start the Where is Kirby thread?
good luck!

wrongway_08
02-09-2008, 19:45
Have a great hike, hope to run into you on the trail! Enjoy the hike and be safe.

Panzer1
02-09-2008, 21:09
Good Luck Kirby.

Panzer

Kirby
02-09-2008, 21:58
Thanks everyone.

The idea behind the time table is a 5-6 month thru, those were purely guesses, especially the Harper's ferry and Katahdin one.

Once again, thanks,
Kirby

ed bell
02-09-2008, 22:06
Good luck, Kirby.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Substitute "Trail" for road.:)

Jan LiteShoe
02-09-2008, 23:27
Thanks everyone.

The idea behind the time table is a 5-6 month thru, those were purely guesses, especially the Harper's ferry and Katahdin one.

Hey Kirby,
I also started March 1, and I feel sure you guys will walk faster than me. However, here's where I was at the start of most months:

Lots of significant times happened the first few days of the month.

I hobbled into Hot Springs April 2 (after five days off the trail for business).

May 1, I in southern virginia, I wrote: "Well, it's been two months on Trail so far, starting my third month. I've done one fourth the trail in one third the time allotted. Ha! Actually, that's not strictly true - I've given myself as much time as necessary to finish. But half a year sounds so huge, and seven months, luxurious."

(Be sure you get off the trail for Trail Days - you'll kick yourself if you don't, and you'll be a star attraction.NO worries getting rides there and back)

Rolled into Harper's Ferry June 2 -maybe I'll upload the picture.

July 3, I walked into Connecticut.

August 1, the start of my sixth month on the Trail, I was at Vermont's famous Inn at Long Trail. Three weeks later, I was in Wisconsin, getting my brother married off.

September 1, six full months of hiking, I was schlepping through spectacular southern Maine, with less that 200 miles to go.
September 18 was my summit date, as fine a day to climb The Mountain as there ever was.

I hope your hike impacts you as much as mine has. It was...GREAT!
:banana
Hope to see you pass through Amicalola March 1; Gene Espy, the oldest living thru-hiker, will also be there.
But if you miss the connection, I'll be following along.

Hope it makes you smile in your gut.
:sun

excuses
02-09-2008, 23:39
One great adventure will be behind you. The problem with that will be coming up with another. There is always the CDT and PCT the next 2 years! Have a great time on this hike.

Pennsylvania Rose
02-10-2008, 13:36
Have a great hike, Kirby. My teenagers are drooling with envy (as am I)!

Micky
02-10-2008, 14:59
Happy Hiking. Your off on an adventure MANY of us on WB would love to be on, Best of luck. Micky

Thoughtful Owl
02-11-2008, 14:19
Well, my time has come. These are going to be a hectic couple of weeks coming up, and I'm not sure if I will have another opportunity after this weekend to thank everyone for the valuable information for my thru hike this year, so thank you everyone. If I can, I will certainly try to get on before I leave.

Here are my ETA for landmark points along the trail:
Damascus: April 10th-April 20th
Harper's Ferry: May 15th-25th
Katahdin: August 10th-20th

If you would like to contact me, please feel free to email me, as that is my first priority when I get a chance to go on the computer.

Thanks again everyone, and I'll see you on the trail.
Kirby

Kirby, when you hit the Central Virginia area and are in need of anything, hit me up you can contact me here or at scoutmaster@bsa-troop37.org. I will be following you journal and try to meet you out on the AT, but do know we are out here to support you, so give us a yell.
God Speed on you hike.

TO

sheepdog
02-11-2008, 14:41
Good hiking Kirby.

Skuter
02-11-2008, 14:47
Good luck! I'll be leaving Mar. 1st or 2nd so i'm sure i'll see you around.

hopefulhiker
02-11-2008, 14:59
Happy Trails!