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attroll
04-30-2004, 23:55
Who out there on WhiteBlaze do we have that are prospective 2005 thru-hikers?

art to linda
05-01-2004, 00:32
I'm aiming for 2005, tried to post on the site but wasn't able :)

Stuart
05-01-2004, 01:59
I'm in. Tried to post an intro in the 2005 forum, but not sure what happened, it didn't show up???? I was positn under the "Welcome" thread, maybe that is not possible. I try to start a new thread.

Stuart
05-01-2004, 07:58
Starting a new thread didn't work either... or not completely. The post showed up on the homepage's list of most recent discussions but I'm not seeing the new thread appear in the 2005 forum.

butch
05-01-2004, 08:03
Hope To Start Mid-march 2005 Butch

attroll
05-01-2004, 09:26
I don't know why you can not post in the new forum. I am on my way out the door for the weekend. I will look at it as soon as I get back Sunday. Sorry.

SGT Rock
05-01-2004, 09:28
I just looked all through the actual forum software and I cannot find a 2005 forum. I think the problem is it isn't actually created yet.

attroll
05-01-2004, 09:51
I fixed the problem. I took a second to fix it before I left. Sorry about that. Rock, I have to grant you access to this forum. That is why you could not see it. If I don't get it done before I leave I will do it when I get back.

SGT Rock
05-01-2004, 10:10
I know I asked for some time back before having to help admin the site ;)

SGT Rock
05-01-2004, 11:18
I still don't have access. I tried to change my access, but right now I am just a super-moderator instead of Admin, so I guess I don't have authorization to fix that. :o

mattyg2
05-01-2004, 13:13
if all goes well, i'm going next year.


matt

Stabes
05-01-2004, 14:03
I am planning on leaving mid April of next year...can't wait!:jump

ladybird
05-01-2004, 20:11
i am leaving also mid-march. its all i think about. :jump

Chappy
05-01-2004, 23:31
Much depends on the Army... but hope to be on trail mid-March to mid-April.

kaytee
05-02-2004, 21:16
As soon as I am finished school - mid-April!

Quick Step
05-02-2004, 22:06
I have made arrangements to start the last weekend in February, 2005 from Springer Mountain. Anyone else leaving that weekend?

gravityman
05-03-2004, 11:00
My wife and I are planning on starting March 1, 2005.

Gravity Man and Tuffie GA-WV 2001
Waffle and Danger Pee GA-ME 2005!!!!

BTW for prospective thrus- definitely read Model-T's Walking on the Happy Side of Misery! We are so enthralled in the book right now. We read it to each other every night, and it really captures a good part of what thruhiking is about! As my wife said yesterday as we were lying in a field on our thermarests reading the afternoon away "I just want to hide in this book until our hike starts!"

walkon
05-03-2004, 11:03
PCT summer '05.
walkon

texangie
05-04-2004, 03:16
I'm planning on leaving March 1.

Gravityman - I felt the same as your wife when I read Model T's book. In fact, I started it again as soon as I finished the first read....but I read it more slowly the second time. It was great! :sun

Chickety
05-04-2004, 07:58
Count me in!
2005 sounds like a good year!

MOWGLI
05-04-2004, 08:03
BTW for prospective thrus- definitely read Model-T's Walking on the Happy Side of Misery! We are so enthralled in the book right now. We read it to each other every night, and it really captures a good part of what thruhiking is about!

Good luck to all of the 2005 thru-hikers. I picked up a copy of Model T's book from the author himself last weekend. Although I have yet to start reading it, Model T is a real gentlemen. If his book is anything like his personality, it'll be great.

Little Bear

keb239
05-04-2004, 08:39
Hopefully if all goes well I will be on the trail with my mom for a flip flop starting mid May (following my graduation from Penn State! :) ) Planning on starting in VA and heading north, then coming back to walk south with the changing leaves!

pokohiker
05-14-2004, 06:55
2005 is my year. I'll be leaving in mid to late March. I look forward to hearing from and meeting other 2005 hikers. For me, the AT will be the adventure of a lifetime. I will be moving from the Adirondacks to Athens, Ohio this summer and hope to find new hiking adventures there. Is anyone familiar with that area?

eyahiker
05-14-2004, 09:06
Planning a .5 with my son after his grad. as well, think I'll cut out 1/2 way next year though, and leave the last 1/2 for him to thru hike himself ( sure he'll be ready to ditch Mom by then as well!:cool:

stranger
05-16-2004, 07:35
I would like to start a northbound thru starting May 1st 2005, unfortunately it would probably be better to wait until 2006 for numerous reasons. Saying that I've never let a little thing like "sensibility" stand in my way and another year is a long wait...we'll see.

2 Fingers
05-16-2004, 09:56
2005 looks good to me too

Capt Chaos
05-16-2004, 12:17
I plan to be leaving March 17 2005. This may change to around the first of April. I am not sure yet.

Heather
05-16-2004, 18:33
I am planning a 2005 hike too. I think I will quit my job on March 15th and hit the trail on April 1st. The start date isn't set in stone, I may leave earlier. I had actually planned to go in 2004 but thought it better if I waited a year. 2005 is going to be a great year. I can feel it. :jump :banana

Senor Quack
05-16-2004, 23:23
^^^ Are you the Heather from "Peace and Carrots" that did all that hiking a while back??

Anyway, I hope to be starting in 2005, if I can save enough money and can keep away from the knee trouble that kept me from hiking it this year.

tribes
05-17-2004, 06:52
After much deliberation about whether to SOBO in 04' or NOBO in 05' I have decided to NOBO and run with the herds next year with a mid April start date. Now I just have to wait it out 11 months to leave. Can anyone say: "longest year ever". Oh well, I will get a fix for a week this summer then again for another week in October or November. Look forward to meeting all of you other prospective 05' hikers.

pvtmorriscsa
05-18-2004, 14:27
Howdy all,
I am planning on heading north March 1st next year. So far everything is on track. I am so excited I can't stand it.

gravityman
05-18-2004, 14:30
Howdy all,
I am planning on heading north March 1st next year. So far everything is on track. I am so excited I can't stand it.

SWEET! Hopefully we'll be meeting each other on top of Springer!

Waffle and Danger Pee

DangerPea
05-18-2004, 18:08
Yep-Gravity Man/Waffle & I are planning on starting March 1, 2005.
We can barely think of anything else. Although, we are very much looking forward to a little sobo on the Long Trail this summer. Going to see how far we can get in 2.5 weeks. It will at least tide us over till March, and give us an opportunity to fine tune gear, mental state & yogi'ing technique (that was a funny:).

I can hardly wait to meet some of you! Gravity man has been a regular on White Blaze, but I am a new-b: just registered today! But, I think it might be as I had feared, getting addicted already! The paper piles on my desk seems to be growing exponentially! In anycase, I love the idea of a 2005'er forum & having the chance to get to know some of you'all a little...

Anyway, I can't express how much I love the social & bonding aspect of the trail. Hopefully we'll meet up with some of you & find a connection!

OK, just gotta get through these last few minutes then I can go home & hide some more in Model-T's book:)

Flash Hand
06-02-2004, 18:26
For my 2004 thru hike attempt, stopped short at Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area where the Partnership Shelter is, for the problem with Social Security benefits.. SO, I will be back again on March 1, 2005 for thru hike the AT from Springer Mountain.

And hopefully with another deaf hiker joining me!

Flash Hand :jump

Pencil Pusher
06-02-2004, 18:37
I suck at planning. Temptation says do it southbound in August, but reality $ay$ no way. Since I can't plan for beans, I'll just dream for now that a May 2005 date would be good to start northbound.

mmills316
06-08-2004, 14:20
I hope you guys don't mind me adding my plans on your thread. I will not be through-hiking for quite a while. (Too much responsility at home; one-income family with wife who stays home with our ten month old.) But I definately want to section-hike next year. My wife is already encouraging me to take a week and get on the AT. Possilby I would hike through Smokey Mountain NP. I think that is the about where the trail is closest to me (Indianapolis). I would entertain any suggestions for five days on the AT.

minnesotasmith
06-10-2004, 13:48
But if I can swing the money, I'd prefer to actually leave in Jan. 2005.

(If anyone in N. GA knows of a job opening for a scientist in biotech or environmental science, let me know!):D

woolfie and GG
07-25-2004, 16:57
count us in for 2005 march 31st, or a few days either way, on our way over from the UK, looking forward to meeting you guys out on the trail!:)

SwEeT cLoVeR
07-25-2004, 17:41
Hello! i am in for thur hiker 2005. I am going to start around March 1st. See you all on the trail next year! :)

augie
07-26-2004, 07:45
Anybody trying to avoid the herds by heading south?

sleeveless
07-26-2004, 09:24
I plan on starting in GA in early March. Like a couple of other responses, it is all I think about. In fact I should be thinking about earning more money this year to cover expenses but my focus is already on the trail.

swamper53
07-26-2004, 09:49
I am going again next year ..March 21 or so. I had to bail due to stress fravture this year at the 501 shelter .... Cuppa Joe is my trail name.

LacyK4
07-26-2004, 10:34
Hi everyone. I am a newbie to this site...Got the hiking bug (again) after a trip to NC this weekend. Will be in "training" for a '05 AT hike. Any other folks looking to do overnighters on the AT "for practice"?? I live near Atlanta and would enjoy the company.

boomerang
07-26-2004, 16:32
I'm heading north in mid-to-late February. See you on the trail!

dave

cupcake
08-27-2004, 21:08
okay, i'm throwing my hat in the ring! i think i want to head out mid-march this time around ---- i want cooler/colder weather longer, and have more time for lower mileage and flexibility. yippy!
d

Frosty
08-27-2004, 23:52
Any other folks looking to do overnighters on the AT "for practice"?? I live near Atlanta and would enjoy the company.I'll be in North Carolina for a writers conference Halloween weekend and would like to get in a hike or two the following week. It needn't be the AT. I was thinking about the Foothills Trail in SC, the Benton MacKaye Trail in GA, and there is a trail in NC whose name escapes me, but it covers a lot of peaks.

I will probably spend a night with relatives in Barnesville which I think is close to Griffin.

skeeterfeeder
08-28-2004, 00:09
I am looking at leaving around the 22nd of February. I need to consult the Farmer's Almanac to get a heads up on weather forecasts, but with El Nino coming again this year, I may just have to trust my luck to the winds of fate.

slamajama
08-31-2004, 08:13
....i hope to be makin the hike in 2005....

robo
08-31-2004, 19:36
I Hope To Be At Springer April,2, '05 I Wanted To Thru-hike After The Service In'77, So I'm Just Getting Around To It. I'll See You Out There,"robo'

eyahiker
08-31-2004, 20:02
Looking to do 1/2 in Spring.

Simrose
08-31-2004, 20:46
April 2 can't get here fast enough! That's my ideal start date ... may have to push back a day or two, but hoping not.

Robo - have you made your plans to get down to Springer yet? We seem to be heading in the same direction from about the same place and at the same time no less!

7 more months ...

Flash Hand
09-04-2004, 19:15
[QUOTE=gravityman]My wife and I are planning on starting March 1, 2005.

Gravity Man and Tuffie GA-WV 2001
Waffle and Danger Pee GA-MA 2005!!!!


i see your avatar that you are going to thru hike in 2005 but if you stop in MA, it is not considered a thru hike. MA = Massachusetts & ME = Maine.


Flash Hand :jump

Lone Wolf
09-04-2004, 19:17
GA to Damascus March 2005

sgtjinx
09-04-2004, 20:07
I'll be heading up NOBO in 15 Mar 05. Unless the Huricanne blows me up on the trail alittle early.

Sgt Jinx :clap

robo
09-04-2004, 22:45
Simrose, I've Got Friends From G.r. To Nashville That Are Going To Run A Relay To Get Me To Springer, Leaving 4-1-05 . Drop An E-mail, Plus I'm In Ka-zoo Every Couple Weeks- Someday I'll Write Something Profound On This Thing, I Still Feel Like Man Seeing Fire For The First Time When I'm On This. ////robo///

nthadley
09-06-2004, 02:02
:sun Can't wait! I'll be leaving Springer near the end of March. However, if Bush wins in November, then I'm just going to live on the moon.;)

Stan Johnson
09-06-2004, 11:09
I plan on starting on June 1st.... sobo

DeniseL
09-06-2004, 18:11
If the finances work out, I'll be finishing this year's aborted thru in 2005. I'll do the sections I skipped (Hot Springs to just past Erwin, Watauga Dam to Damascus), go to trail days, then jump up to Catawba (where I left the trail) and continue north. At this time I don't have the desire to re-do the 556 miles I hiked this year, so I guess that makes me a section hiker.

Chappy
09-07-2004, 12:09
:sun Can't wait! I'll be leaving Springer near the end of March. However, if Bush wins in November, then I'm just going to live on the moon.;)
You should start your packing (for the moon) now!

Blue Jay
09-07-2004, 12:17
You should start your packing (for the moon) now!

The Moon won't help. His intelligence (using that word loosely) has told him there are weapons of mass deception there. The American public will buy that one too.

robo
09-07-2004, 16:25
:sun Can't wait! I'll be leaving Springer near the end of March. However, if Bush wins in November, then I'm just going to live on the moon.;)THE GOOD NEWS IS THE GAVITY IS ONLY 1/5th SO YOUR PACK WILL REALLY FEEL LIGHT/////ROBO///

Jeff T
09-08-2004, 12:53
I will be there with mid or late February start. Is there a 2005 forum on WB? Can't seem to find it.

-Jeff T

bulldog
09-08-2004, 14:42
thinking about a may 12-15 southbound start. would only have to average less than 21 miles per day to finish before school started back up in the fall. :p :p

Glory Bound
09-08-2004, 17:21
Planning GA-ME for just after graduation from college-
5/1

Looking forward oh so very much :clap

Glory Bound & Random Factoid

zenribbits
09-08-2004, 19:24
:welcome Mana and I are going to be heading from Georgia in mid March. It looks like there is a good chance we will see most of you, but those leaving early will have to be missed. We are planning a 28 week hike for ample zero days and low mileage. We are interested in stopping a couple times to help out with an organized event such as feeding hikers and some trail maintenance. We have some interesting questions and could use some input from someone that knows the hostels and towns rather well along the way. I am sure we will be on the 2005 thread fairly often for the next six months and hope to get to know as many of you as we can before the hike.

bagheera
09-09-2004, 12:49
I am all geared up and ready... Thinking about April 15 start date...

Is there a 2005 forum? I can't find it...

blindeye
09-09-2004, 13:12
maybe i'm a little premature about this but i'm planning a spring 2006 sobo got some advice from mowgli16 thank you. anyone else planning a sobo that far out?

gravityman
09-09-2004, 14:36
I am all geared up and ready... Thinking about April 15 start date...

Is there a 2005 forum? I can't find it...

Send ATTROLL a private message that you want in. It's restricted access :)

Gravity

Knees
09-28-2004, 20:42
Count me in too. My plane flight is booked for April 12th and I'll be starting on the Approach Trail (and probaby a bit of the AT) on lucky April 13th.

It was either go SOBO this year (with barely any time to plan and way overweight) or go in 05 with time to plan and a much slimmer and more fit me.
:banana

sleeveless
09-28-2004, 21:15
I am leaving sometime in the first 2 weeks of March. I havn't nailed down the date yet but I am gathering light weight gear for these old bones to carry. Can't wait!

hustler
09-28-2004, 22:34
I keep thinking about taking another shot at it next March. Work sucks, the AT is where it's at. I'm not sure if I have another thru hike left in me though. Plus I don't want to end up like Baltimore Jake.:cool: Just kidding Jack

chino
10-08-2004, 12:54
I should be getting off the train in Gainseville on or about 7 Mar, getting a shuttle to the trail and start walking. I look forward to meeting many of you. Until then, train hard and keep the goal in the front of your mind.

Chino

bearbait2k4
10-08-2004, 14:42
I'm not in or out yet.

The consideration is to try one more time, but we'll have to see how much I'm jonesing when the time comes around.

KotzyMJ
10-16-2004, 03:29
I'm planning to head sobo from Maine in early or mid-july- at least go to mass, but hopefully all the way south. Thought about trying nobo again, but gotta finish up the college credits, so a july start it is.

Flash Hand
10-17-2004, 17:39
So far, I PROBABLY might have 4 more deaf thru hikers joining, with 2 more awaiting for the confirmed plan.

It would be me, Sweet Clover from Michigan, Ursula Smith from Alabama, Kelly Orsi from Maryland, Vinny from Pennsylvania.

two of undeciding hikers are Justin Lambert from Arizona and Rosella Kelly of Pennsylvania.

As Sweet Clover and I have already discussing for the group trail name, but we thought about Gang of Crazy Hands. It will not be confirmed until we set our foot on Springer.

Flash Hand :jump

smokymtnsteve
10-17-2004, 17:43
Trail signer #1,2,,3,4...

attroll
10-17-2004, 17:46
So far, I PROBABLY might have 4 more deaf thru hikers joining, with 2 more awaiting for the confirmed plan.

It would be me, Sweet Clover from Michigan, Ursula Smith from Alabama, Kelly Orsi from Maryland, Vinny from Pennsylvania.

two of undeciding hikers are Justin Lambert from Arizona and Rosella Kelly of Pennsylvania.

As Sweet Clover and I have already discussing for the group trail name, but we thought about Gang of Crazy Hands. It will not be confirmed until we set our foot on Springer.

Flash Hand :jumpWow. That sounds way cool. Hiking with others that have some thing in common. People that you can relate to. I hope it all works out for your group.

PROFILE
10-17-2004, 22:18
I know many people know who we are, but some may not. We will be in the companion this year. If Anyone needs any help with getting started at Springer, please email or call.

WWW.HIKERHOSTEL.COM

gweet4
10-26-2004, 23:56
I'm in, probably Feb 14. I'm originally from PA but now live in New Orleans.

stickat04
10-27-2004, 11:42
Ill be giving it another go in 2005

Stick

ga>me>ak
10-27-2004, 12:41
Mid- Feb if......

Kozmic Zian
10-27-2004, 12:46
Yea......In there........For NB from HF to Katahdin '05. Yes......!!!!

Flash Hand
10-27-2004, 17:52
Wow. That sounds way cool. Hiking with others that have some thing in common. People that you can relate to. I hope it all works out for your group.


Thanks.. we will be positive with the plan.

Flash Hand :jump

SalParadise
10-27-2004, 18:06
One more try for me in 05. Re-hiking what I did in 04, for some reason. Going ultralight next time, though. Won't make the heavy pack mistake again.
Flash Hand, hopefully I'll get to hike with you again. The first round will be on me.

steve hiker
10-27-2004, 20:07
I'd like to say I'll be in that number, but not 2005. Not the AT. May section part of the PCT or do the Colorado Trail.

treetrunks
10-29-2004, 09:56
I plan to start mid March. Just wondering why you ask?
Hairy Treetrunks

Flash Hand
10-30-2004, 18:23
One more try for me in 05. Re-hiking what I did in 04, for some reason. Going ultralight next time, though. Won't make the heavy pack mistake again.
Flash Hand, hopefully I'll get to hike with you again. The first round will be on me.


I will be very glad to reunite with you on some section hiking. I would also like to introduce you to my friends. Glad you aren't giving up but coming back and finish the goal.

Flash Hand :jump

yappy
10-30-2004, 20:39
Me too... can't wait !:sun

fishinfred
10-30-2004, 21:04
Hey Sal,Flashhand and all, I'm GAME for 05 starting March 1st or sooner depending on weather,but,I cant wait that long so Im checking out the Florida Trail in Jan., probably only sections due to the Hurricanes this year .Look forward to seeing you if not on the trail I'm sure at Trail Days.I'm geeked ....I can't wait!!!
FF

SalParadise
10-30-2004, 23:46
FishinFred and Flash Hand & Co.--It would be wonderful to reunite with you both and do some hiking together. I'll do my darndest to catch up with you both, but when I remember shivering in my bag on some of those cold nights, I just can't talk myself into starting out as early as you two are going. I'm thinking late late March or so, whenever they tell me the snow's melted on Springer. But I'll be looking for you in the registers.
Katahdin or Bust, 2005

Flash Hand
10-31-2004, 03:09
Hey Sal,Flashhand and all, I'm GAME for 05 starting March 1st or sooner depending on weather,but,I cant wait that long so Im checking out the Florida Trail in Jan., probably only sections due to the Hurricanes this year .Look forward to seeing you if not on the trail I'm sure at Trail Days.I'm geeked ....I can't wait!!!
FF

It was great to hear from you! Hope to have you join with us, (5 deaf thru hikers including me) for a thru hike. You live in Michigan right now? Lacie, one of deaf thru hikers is from Michigan and her parents are deaf too. I am not sure if your parents know her parents? She plan to host a bonfire party in July in Michigan at her backyard. We will be taking off the trail for three days to Michigan and back to Trail again. So, if you plan to hike on average pace, then it will be great to hike with you.

Sal, yes, keep eyes in the register. You will know where we would be.. It would be great to see old friends again!

Flash Hand :jump

JimSproul
11-01-2004, 12:58
I had planned a long section hike but it looks like this will be the year to strike for Katahdin! I am planning a Feb 01/2005 Springer start. I made reservations today for a stay in the AMC huts in Late June. A desire since my teenage years when I hiked up and over Mt Washington in 1966 (man I am old!)

See ya up the trail!!!!!

jlansley
11-01-2004, 15:23
I plan on starting mid march of 2005 also !!! I can not wait. I wish I was leaving tomorrow.

Butch Cassidy
11-01-2004, 15:54
Hello Class of 2005 :sun I will be on Springer Sat. Feb 26 and leaving daylight on the 27th. would love to hear from fellow classmembers leaving arround then. I am a 51 year old male, trailname Paladin, and I expect the younger hikers to be passing me so this way I will get to make lots of new friends. See you at the top. Dave , [email protected]

Bloodroot
11-02-2004, 07:54
Hello all '05ers. I'll be leaving Springer early-mid April, exact date still uncertain. Looking forward to meeting everyone. See ya on the trail!

khaynie
11-02-2004, 10:31
Hiking S from Katahdin Late May or the first of June.

SalParadise
11-02-2004, 17:07
Let's say third week of March I'll be trying this thing again -- I must be crazy. I keep wondering how I'm going to react to having to hike the same long stretch again. Praying for an early spring. Haven't thought of a new trail name yet, though.
I'm so much looking forward to grinding out miles, to being tired all the time, to loudly cursing each steep mountain, to the hiker conversations, and to living life deliberately.

Sal Paradise, pensh[email protected]
700 in 04, Katahdin in 05

Lucy Lulu
11-11-2004, 17:59
Hey hey...I am THERE! Just don't know yet if I'm going SOBO or NOBO. If NOBO, it will be a April 15th start. If SOBO, it will be a June 1st start. Depends on work. I am sooo excited!

Mayfly

Tu_cubed
11-11-2004, 20:41
Deal me in.

I hope to do the approach trail on 31 Mar and head north 1 April.

I'm retiring from the Air Force and getting divorced. I guess you could call it a transition phase.

In 2003 I knew a man who retired from the Air Force 6 weeks latter he was dead of a cerebral hemmorage.

Moral of the story tomorrow never comes.

I'm going in '05

Tu

Papa Razzi
11-11-2004, 23:36
Heading out in mid-March. Like many, many others, I'll be heading North. Four months and counting... So close, yet still so far away.

wacocelt
12-19-2004, 18:51
Jan 1st, 2005 starting my Ga-Me attempt.

minnesotasmith
12-19-2004, 22:06
Is getting put off until 2006, sad to say. I'm making a ton of money at my job (lots of work available in my field these days), so I'm paying off all my debts, helping out my sister (aftermath of lousy divorce with small children), and working on getting top-notch gear to hike with. Oh, and I'll still be hiking on my times off. By early March at the latest, I'll do a section hike of all of the AT in Georgia, then in early May latest do about 100 miles of the AT in NC. Smokies and Fontana before summer...

Blue Jay
12-20-2004, 08:53
Is getting put off until 2006, sad to say.

This should be a lesson to all those atheists out there, prayer works.

tribes
12-20-2004, 08:55
This should be a lesson to all those atheists out there, prayer works.


yes blue jay, maybe I have been wrong all these years. With news like this maybe I could be made a believer......

Scarecrow
12-20-2004, 18:15
Thru-hiked southbound 2003, loved it. Feb 27ish on Springer, 2005 Northbound. I've got all new gear, pack WITH food and water is 25 lbs. See you in the woods people!
Scarecrow :banana

Tha Wookie
12-20-2004, 22:02
Good luck everybody. Whether you finish or not, I guarantee you're in for the time of your lives.


Remember to give back for all it gives you.


Live the dream!

minnesotasmith
12-20-2004, 22:31
You prayed for me to make a lot of money? I don't see the point, but I appreciate the sentiment. Thanks! ;)

P.S. I'm still getting to do at least week-long section hikes every 7 weeks or so, so I'm not exactly losing touch with the Trail in the meantime.

Hikerhead
12-20-2004, 23:53
Is getting put off until 2006, sad to say. I'm making a ton of money at my job (lots of work available in my field these days), so I'm paying off all my debts, helping out my sister (aftermath of lousy divorce with small children), and working on getting top-notch gear to hike with. Oh, and I'll still be hiking on my times off.

A few months ago you couldn't afford a pair of loppers for trail work. Wow! What a turn around!!!! :clap :clap

minnesotasmith
12-21-2004, 00:34
Thanks for cheering me on, Hikerhead. What made the difference was not restricting my job search to Atlanta. I went looking nationally, and boom, in no time flat I had offers for half a dozen professional-level jobs in one of my fields (environmental, biotech, or energy), ones that all paid comparably to or higher than I've ever made. GA is just a lousy place now for many types of scientists to try to find work, I'm afraid.

Anyway, I'll soon have GREAT gear, and will be on the Trail at least one week out of every eight. Thanks to everyone on this site that's provided advice on gear in its widest sense (even, "I bought a _____, and it S*CKED!). ;)

saimyoji
12-21-2004, 00:58
No doubt you'll invest in the very best method for keeping your face from resembling.... well, you know what I mean.

Seriously though, congrats on the recent windfall!

minnesotasmith
12-21-2004, 01:18
"No doubt you'll invest in the very best method for keeping your face from resembling.... well, you know what I mean."

Of course. It is called a razor, and I have almost thirty years of experience in its use. I fully intend to bring one on my through-hike; I doubt the disposable ones weigh half an ounce. Pretty ood line, though, saimyoji.

"Seriously though, congrats on the recent windfall!"

Again, thank you for the sincere good wishes. However, I don't consider it a windfall, having IMO earned my recent paychecks with some eighty-hour workweeks in somewhat demanding conditions.

BTW, on another topic, having lived in Japan myself, I agree completely with your assessment of Nippon as physically very safe crime-wise -- and very expensive.

saimyoji
12-21-2004, 01:25
Where did you live in Japan?

minnesotasmith
12-21-2004, 01:59
I'll PM you with that.

minnesotasmith
12-21-2004, 02:04
Your User CP is set up to disallow PMs.

I lived on SW Honshu.

Nameless
12-21-2004, 04:20
SoBo June 4 of 2005, taking year off college to do the trail, then save up some money. Cannot wait...

Pink

steve hiker
12-21-2004, 04:24
"No doubt you'll invest in the very best method for keeping your face from resembling.... well, you know what I mean."
No. I have a beard. What are you talking about.

minnesotasmith
12-21-2004, 05:05
I'll PM you with info on what he's referring to.

Chilly
12-23-2004, 10:51
Was going to do an 06 thru, but just can't wait that long. Getting sick of job, etc.. So hitting reset button on my life. Will be starting some time in March. Good luck to all.
Chilly

SeaJay
12-23-2004, 11:39
In looking at everyone's posts in this thread, it seems that a lot of people are leaving at what I consider to be pretty early in the year (February and March). In the research that I have done, April was listed as the traditional start time so I'm planning on hiking NOBO starting my thru hike mid to late April. Is this too late???

Jaybird
12-23-2004, 11:49
NOT a thru....but, continuing my section-hikin' in 2005!



April 28th-May 21 Hot Springs to Erwin (w/ "the Model T crew" )
then shuttle to Damascus & head NOBO for 2 more weeks....hoping to get to Pearisburg, at least. will be missing TRAILDAYS...darn!



GOOD LUCK to all in the "Class of 05"...hope to see some of u out there!

hikerjohnd
12-23-2004, 11:56
Leavign mid March, returning for finals then back on trail late April (will skip section planning to be at Trail Days, then finishing section after ME)

fishinfred
02-24-2005, 09:51
Well... plans have changed (work ,work,work)...so much for doing any hiking in Florida as a warm up for my thru hike .....but, I am leaving tomorrow and after a few stops down south (to visit family) I plan on being at Springer on the 5th or 6th...(better late than never) so SAL...Flashhand.....and all ....SEE YA OUT THERE!
:clap
Happy Trails !!!!
Fishinfred
http://Fishinfreds.com

:banana Ga.-Me.2005
Good luck ALL!!!!!!!

skeeterfeeder
02-24-2005, 10:40
I will be heading out tomorrow for Gainsville, GA., and then hope to start from Springer Sunday or Monday. Lots of anticipation AND anxiety. Hope these old legs can walk the walk. And I hope the weather gods are kind.
Damn this pack is heavy! (40+) Look forward to warmer weather so I can shed the extra clothing. Hope to see some of you on the trail. Skeeterfeeder....

Todd Kirkendol
02-25-2005, 09:57
Wiley and Meme here. We are a husband/wife couple that are starting our thru hike March 25th from Amicalola. We are from Jackson, TN and have been planning our thru hike for a little over a year. Hope to see yall on the trail in a month!

Jeremy
02-28-2005, 18:21
I am planning a thru-hike starting April 10, 2005. My birthday is on May 12, right when trail days will be happening. I will hopefully make it to trail days for my birthday. I did that last year, followed by a section hike to kincora from Damascus. See you in the spring.

TankHiker
02-28-2005, 18:25
I am not thru-hiking. But I am going from Springer to Damascus.
We're hitting the approach trail on March 24th.
Woo-hoo!

-Tank

Lion King
02-28-2005, 18:30
I am not thru-hiking. But I am going from Springer to Damascus.
We're hitting the approach trail on March 24th.
Woo-hoo!

-Tank
AWESOME!

Guess I will see you out there then!

Im hitting Helen in a few days...hiking around, then picking up Packrat on the 22nd or the 23rd from the Train Station in Atlanta I think...he needs a ride, so I have to figure a way to get there..maybe. But thats awesoem!

wohoooo

LK

Lone Wolf
02-28-2005, 18:55
Me and Pirate will be on Springer March 22nd.

Lion King
02-28-2005, 19:05
Damn! It'll be blue blaze heaven!:D :clap :datz :D

Frosty
02-28-2005, 19:12
Me and Pirate will be on Springer March 22nd.Oh, no!

I'll miss meeting the famous L. Wolf by two stinking days! (Unless you're hiking south from Neels Gap?)

Lone Wolf
02-28-2005, 19:19
Nope. Hiking the approach trail the 22nd after spending the night before at The Lodge with Circuit Rider, Sherlock and Pirate eating the buffet. Will be going slow. You'll catch us.

Lion King
02-28-2005, 19:21
NOW THATS HIKING!!!!!!



Hit the buffet before you even start hiking! Hell Yes!

Lone Wolf
02-28-2005, 19:24
I need the buffet. I'm 54 lbs. lighter than I was 6 months ago. :D

kate
02-28-2005, 22:24
I am going to arrive at Amicalola Falls State Park on 15th of April. I will begin the Approach Trail on the 17th.

Kate

Lion King
03-01-2005, 01:22
I need the buffet. I'm 54 lbs. lighter than I was 6 months ago. :D
I need the hike, Im just the opposite.:bse

diesel
03-01-2005, 11:48
I'll be visiting family outside Atlanta for Easter. I'll hit the trail March 28. A friend from Savannah will hike with me until April Fools Day, so I've got a month to figure out what prank to pull on him when he tries to leave the trail.

SkipMeister
03-01-2005, 21:33
Should be on the trail March 22nd.

eric_plano
03-02-2005, 11:49
I'm flying into Atlanta tomorrow and starting the Approach the following day. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone on this board for all the helpful info. See you all out there!

Eric

Lone Wolf
03-02-2005, 11:53
Looks like you'll have a good day to start. Friday is supposed to be mostly sunny and in the 50s.

Lion King
03-02-2005, 12:21
Looks like from the 19th throught the 24th will be action packed. Thos who think they will get in shelters Better bring a tarp, or tent.

I have decided agaisnt my two man Clip Flashlight which has been my constant companion for years...but its just heavier then I want to deal with this year. Of course I may change my mind after two frosty mornings...

Frosty
03-02-2005, 12:45
Looks like from the 19th throught the 24th will be action packed. Thos who think they will get in shelters Better bring a tarp, or tent.

I have decided agaisnt my two man Clip Flashlight which has been my constant companion for years...but its just heavier then I want to deal with this year. Of course I may change my mind after two frosty mornings...All mornings are frosty mornings for me :)

storkman
03-02-2005, 22:15
It's official, I'll be starting Sunday March 6th! Got my pack right, only thing I am not skimping on is clothing. I'm going sure to make sure that I am warm. I know the temps can go down to close to zero and I'm ready for it. Pack right now is 27 pounds (not including food) and I'll be toasty and warm. My rain gear is going to be my laundromat clothes, I am not carrying any town clothes. Also going with a white gas stove instead of a alcohol one which I've heard has trouble in cold weather. When it warms up after the Smokies, I'll switch to more lightweight clothing and gear. I'm driving myself but I'll swing by the bus station in Gainesville to see if anyone needs a free ride to the Falls on Sunday.