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mountain squid
03-22-2010, 18:03
Is it already time to start working on next year's spreadsheet?

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

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

Good Luck everyone!!! This time next year you will be on the trail...

See you on the trail (next year),
mt squid

singingpilgrim
03-22-2010, 18:16
Trail Name- I don't have one yet, my first name is Pamela
Direction- NOBO
Estimated Start Date- Early March
Approach Trail - unsure
Hiking with my dog, Sophie

FritztheCat
03-22-2010, 18:38
Trail Name: None yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 1 April 2011
Approach Trail: Yep

RETCW4
03-22-2010, 20:13
Trail Name: Tumbleweed
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 1 April 2011
Approach Trail: Unsure

Loneoak
03-22-2010, 20:56
Trail Name: None yet
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Unsure
Approach Trail: Unsure

healthymom
03-22-2010, 22:42
Is it already time to start working on next year's spreadsheet?



Trail Name using healthymom right now, but VERY willing to consider something else
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date after my last Feb baby & when weather looks favorable
Approach Trail - unsure, might get a ride to the trail, if so, will depend on them, If not, probably not.
any additional info that you want the world to knowhttp://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/ad/talk.gif
hiking junkie, birth junkie (anybody gonna be pregnant on the trail next year?), homeschooling, homebirthing mom, political activist around birthing women's rights and the environment, pagan, head firetender for Florida Pagan Gathering, journaler. And no, I don't discuss politics or religion w/ anyone looking for an argument.
Dee
healthymom
See you on the trail (next year), CAN'T WAIT!!!!
mt squid

Apparently, you have to write something here.

Sassafras Lass
03-23-2010, 10:46
Trail Name ~ Haven't decided yet! Too many great names to choose, I'm thinking something that will coincide with whatever my husband would like
Direction ~ NOBO
Estimated Start Date ~ Tentatively around March 15
Approach Trail ~ Yup!

Don't know what else to say; I'm very excited and this will be a very hard year to wait it out!

sidebackside
03-23-2010, 11:50
Trail Name: SideBackSide
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: March 14th
Approach Trail: Yes


This is truely gonna be an amazing experience! No matter what happens, or how it happens, no regrets!!!

buzz48843
03-23-2010, 11:50
Trail Name- Infinity
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - Mid March
Approach Trail - yes

sayrahjayne
03-23-2010, 13:33
Trail Name- don't have one yet.. but im sarah jane
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - april 1st
Approach Trail - unsure

hiking with my boyfriend Cole =] really excited.

Medic!
03-23-2010, 14:51
Trail Name: None yet
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Mid-March
Approach Trail: Maybe

traildust
03-23-2010, 15:22
Trail Name: Traildust and Dovetail
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 21
Approach Trail: No

Starbuck
03-23-2010, 16:10
Trail Name: Starbuck
Direction: NOBO
Start date: Early march.. not sure of the exact day yet.
Approach trail: definitely.

A little less than a year to go!! So excited! All this waiting is going to kill me.

Mountain Wildman
03-23-2010, 16:49
Trail Name: Don't have one
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: First Week in March
Approach Trail: Yes

svlc22
03-23-2010, 17:15
Trail Name: Don't have one yet but am open to options. :-? but call me Cate for the time being
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Very flexible, depends on the weather, I am thinking mid to late March
Approach Trail: Yes

Kel, the "Stickman"
03-23-2010, 19:08
Trail Name: Stickman
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Looking at end of Feb/early March
Approach Trail: Yes

LockJaww
03-23-2010, 21:08
Trail name...Lockjaww..
Direction......NOBO
Start date...Flexible...Mid to late March
Approach Trail...I plan to slack the Approach Trail..shuttle back to hostel and then get dropped off at FR 42 the following day to head north

Grampsb
03-24-2010, 03:34
Trail Name - None Yet
Direction - Leaning SOBO
Start Date - Early June

rapchizzle
03-24-2010, 10:20
Trail Name - not sure yet but I like Rapchizzle
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - March 7th or 14th
Approach Trail - Don't see why not

wicca32
03-24-2010, 17:15
Trail name-Wicca
Direction-NOBO
Est. start time-1st week in April
Approach trail--why not

May not make it all the way to Maine, but what a journany!!

kdidorek
03-25-2010, 01:06
Trail Name: Don't have one yet, but my name is Karen
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date: Early June 2011
Approach Trail: unsure:-?

Mrpokey
03-25-2010, 02:06
Trail Name: Mr Pokey
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 1st, 2011
Approach Trail: Doubt it, :-? but maybe

FiveHead
03-25-2010, 02:15
Trail Name: Fivehead
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Mid March
Approach: Yes please

I can't wait!!

knoth
03-25-2010, 12:01
Trail Name: None yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: mid to end march
Approach Trail - yes

any additional info that you want the world to know:
haven't done any longdistance hiking yet. But it's time now...

kdidorek
03-25-2010, 15:18
Hi..i saw your post and noticed your going to be heading SOBO in June 2011...these are my plans as well!...so, just wanted to say hi and hope to see you out there!...doesn't look like many people head that direction!

kdidorek
03-25-2010, 15:25
I'm still learning how to send messages here...that previous post was meant for the hiker heading sobo....I'll catch on sooner or later how to do this!

Turtle Feet
03-25-2010, 17:33
Trail Name: TurtleFeet
Direction: NOBO
Est. Start Date: March 14ish
Approach Trail: undecided

WooHoo!!! I'm so excited we're getting our own registry! :)

Grampsb
03-26-2010, 03:58
kdidorek
Not to many of us SOBO so far.

sidebackside
03-26-2010, 09:50
WooHoo!!! I'm so excited we're getting our own registry! :)

I've been looking for you to post on here.http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/images/icons/icon7.gif

lstawick
03-27-2010, 09:19
Trail Name: Gramps
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: April 14, 2011

Very anxious to get started. Hopeing the body will go the distance.

Buzz Saw
03-27-2010, 10:03
Gramps and I are leaving Georgia in April 14, 2011. Two old farts on the trail can't wait.

Rocket
03-28-2010, 09:27
Trail Name: Rocket
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 15th
Approach Trail: Yep

BaconTime
03-30-2010, 16:45
Trail Name: Don't have one yet
Direction: NOBO
Est. Start Date: March 20th
Approach Trail: Yes

RichardD
03-30-2010, 21:51
Trail Name : RichardD
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start: Mid to late March
Approach Trail: Depends upon logistics at start.

obscura
03-31-2010, 08:38
Trail Name : Obscura
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start: March 1(maybe 1 to 2 days earlier)
Approach Trail: Yes

Quitting a decent(but miserable) job to go. My life philosophy is much better suited to the hike then to working at a job I hate just because it's the 'responsible' thing to do. Have most of my gear, and working on getting into (better)shape.

hikerboy4211
03-31-2010, 09:05
Trail name- dont have one yet
Direction- NOBO
Est. Start time- mid to end of march
Approach trail- yup

Krispy61
03-31-2010, 12:49
Trail Name: Krispy
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 1st
Approach trail: Unsure
Hiking with my wife (trail name to be determined)

MyName1sMud
03-31-2010, 17:29
Trail Name : don't have one
Direction : NOBO
Estimated Start Date : March 10-15ish
Approach Trail - we will see.

beautifulpoetman
04-01-2010, 11:24
Trail Name: Jo Fu
Direction: Nobo
Estimated Start Date: Late February, 2011
Approach Trail - Yes

thecramers
04-01-2010, 13:50
Name: none yet but its Jen
When am I leaving: Middle to late March 2011 (If savings are there)
Hiking Companions: Dear Hubby Keith and k-9 Elli if she can pass her good canine class and obediance.
Leaving From: North Dakota, where everything is flat and the AT will be my first xp with mts.
Approach trail: As of now yes we are planning to do the approach trail.

If any one else is planning on hiking from the plains states let me know, we can bounce info off each other. Otherwise I can't wait for next year!

Planeoljoe
04-03-2010, 11:13
Name: plane ol' joe
Direction: NOBO (which i assume means northbound)
When im leaving: Mid march
Approach Trail: i assume this means hike an approach trail up to the terminus. in that case yes

Id love to get in touch with other 2011 through hikers. especially if you're coming from KY or near abouts. this will not be my first foray into hiking but it will be my first serious hike. im also looking for a group of through hikers to "tag a long" with. feel free to contact me at PlainoljoeNOBO@yahoo.com.

Tucky
04-03-2010, 18:27
Name: None for now, but call me Dom
Direction: SOBO
When I'm leaving: Late JUNE

Sarcasm the elf
04-05-2010, 00:08
This may be overly optimistic and may need to be moved to the 2012 section depending on finances, with that said...

Trail Name: Sarcasm the Elf (Unless I wind up with a better one.)
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Mid March
Approach Trail - yes
any additional info that you want the world to know: Have wanted to do a thru since my first taste of the A.T. in the Boy Scouts when I was eleven. Coincidentally selling my house now, it I get my deposit back, it becomes trail money.

Sarcasm the elf
04-05-2010, 00:15
Trail Name : Obscura
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start: March 1(maybe 1 to 2 days earlier)
Approach Trail: Yes

Quitting a decent(but miserable) job to go. My life philosophy is much better suited to the hike then to working at a job I hate just because it's the 'responsible' thing to do. Have most of my gear, and working on getting into (better)shape.

Couldn't have said it better myself. If I get the guts to cut the strings to on my safety net net year, I hope to run into you.

gopher
04-05-2010, 08:05
name:Freeway
start: March 15
direction: North
approach: Yes

HeartFire
04-05-2010, 08:46
HeartFire
NOBO
start date - as early in March as possible
approach trail - NO

rustedsatellite
04-11-2010, 15:57
Trail Name: don't have one yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: late Marchish
Approach Trail - shure, why not?

This will be my first through hike. =]

Planeoljoe
04-11-2010, 19:54
name:Freeway
start: March 15
direction: North
approach: Yes


HeartFire
NOBO
start date - as early in March as possible
approach trail - NO


Trail Name: don't have one yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: late Marchish
Approach Trail - shure, why not?

This will be my first through hike. =]


wow three more additions to the registry since i last looked. welcome guys i hope we bump into each other on the trail. ill be leaving in mid march myself.

Chenango
04-12-2010, 16:41
June 30, 2010 retirement date is now firm!! Yeah!!

Trail Name: Chenango
Estimated Start Date: Early March 2011
Direction: NOBO
Approach Trail - Nope


Enthusiasm: yes
Excitement: yes

See you folks out there.

Jchap
04-13-2010, 14:31
Trail name - None yet
Start Date - March 15
Direction - NOBO
Approach Trail - Maybe

butts0989
04-13-2010, 15:59
Trail name: Butts
Direction: NOBO
Est. Start date: March 1st
Approach trail: After this year i guess that depends on the weather :)

esmusssein
04-13-2010, 18:28
Trail Name: None yet, but my name is Sara
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Early March
Approach Trail: Yes

turtle fast
04-13-2010, 19:31
Turtle Fast
NOBO again! This time to Maine
Start: Mid-late March
Approach trail...been there, done that! Would like to see the falls again!!
Had to get off in Harpers Ferry last time as my dad had died. Time to hike it all...at least I know what to expect from Georgia to Harpers!

Grampsb
04-13-2010, 19:48
Tucky
I'm SOBO too. Not to sure of start date. Might be a week or so ahead of you
Heartfire will you be at Trails day this year showing you tents?

motlekj06
04-14-2010, 07:34
Trail Name: ManBearPig
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Late February, Early March
Approach Trail: Not sure

Gonna be a bumpin year, can't wait to catch you all out on the trail!

Grimelowe
04-14-2010, 08:48
Trail Name: None yet... I'll go by my "Grimey" nickname until a trailname fits
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: April 16th, 2011
Approach: Yes... Isn't the first 2163 miles an approach trail?

Only 367 days left...but who's counting?

HoorayCookies
04-14-2010, 09:59
Trail Name -- none yet
Direction -- NOBO
Estimated Start Date Beginning to mid April
Approach Trail - ?

Patcatalano
04-17-2010, 00:00
Trail name: Not real sure yet
NOBO
Starting early March pending on weather
Approach Trail.........why not

Thinking about it every day.

Joy
04-17-2010, 15:39
Trail Name: don't have one yet, but my real name's Joy
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: Mid-March
Approach Trail: Yes

apudreamer
04-18-2010, 12:59
Trail Name: none yet, but I am Sarah
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Mid-March
Approach Trail: Probably

I will likely be hiking with my dog Cricket.

Invictus
04-18-2010, 17:17
Trail name: Invictus
Direction: NOBO
Estemated start date: First week of may

Hello all my name is David. I want to wish all of you a safe hike!!! I am getting started a bit late but need to finish classes. I will be hiking solo with a goal of hanging out with pamola in under 120 days. It will be a long shot but it has been a dream for many years. This Hike is a miracle and I have a ton of motivation. I look forward to every experience that awaits me on the trail. I look forward to meeting some of you as we hike. Good luck to everyone~

traildust
04-19-2010, 16:30
120 is no problem if you stay focused and limit train town and zero days.

Invictus
04-19-2010, 20:49
120 is no problem if you stay focused and limit train town and zero days.
Thank you traildust. I know it is gonna be a mental game like I can't fathom but I am aware that my focus needs to only be on that day. every moment I am thinking or planning or hiking I am realizing that this dream is now in the planning of becoming a reality and my heart is overwhelmed with joy. Greatful for it is an understatement.

Carbo
04-20-2010, 11:54
Trail Name: Carbo
Direction: north
Est Start Date: late March depending on weather
Approach Trail: sure, why not

I finally told (asked) my wife this past weekend and she said "go for it". This was the biggest hurdle.

Can't wait for that day I tell my boss, "See ya, I'm going for a walk".

Now the planning starts, make sure the bills get paid, the grass gets cut, the oil gets changed, my La-Z-Boy doesn't get thrown out...

K2
04-20-2010, 15:36
Trip stalled indefinitely. Sad. K2

sidebackside
04-20-2010, 15:40
Trip stalled indefinitely. Sad. K2

Sorry to hear that K2. Hopefully it's because of 'good news'.:)

K2
04-20-2010, 15:42
Dear Sidebackside,

Thank you. I posted in the wrong registry. At this point, 2011 looks very doable. K2

sidebackside
04-20-2010, 16:19
Dear Sidebackside,

Thank you. I posted in the wrong registry. At this point, 2011 looks very doable. K2

Well in that case I look forward to hopefully meeting you!

NorseWoman
04-20-2010, 17:50
Trail Name: NorseWoman
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start date: ? Early March or late Feb
Approach trail: probably not

2 issues solved, one more to go before this is a reality

moondoggie
04-20-2010, 18:02
Trailname: Moondoggie
Direction: NOBO (Wait another 3 months...Are you kidding me?)
Start Date: Mid-March , maybe the 12th or 13th
Approach Trail: What's 8 more miles the the grand scheme of things? Really?

Kelly...kids...I am going out for a walk. Be back in a bit!

smgravitt
04-20-2010, 18:54
Trail Name- don't have one yet
Direction- NOBO
Estimated Start Date- mid to late March
Approach Trail - o yeah

tortoise1
04-22-2010, 10:56
Trail Name: Tortoise "Given to me in 96" Seems to have been taken. OK w/a new one.
Direction: NOBO
ETD: Early to mid March.
Approach Trail: Undecided. To soon to tell. Done it. Good pancakes at the top!

RollingStone
04-24-2010, 14:21
Trail Names- RollingStone & Blue Tang
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - March 1st
Approach Trail - No

Morry
04-26-2010, 08:03
Trail Name - Morry
Direction - SOBO
Estimated Start Date - End of JUNE /Early JULY
Approach Trail - yes

Lorax 2011
04-27-2010, 09:39
Trail Name - Lorax
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - Early April
Approach Trail - Yes!

tiger
04-27-2010, 17:56
Trail name- not yet, but name's Matt
Direction- NOBO
Est. Start time- looking at March 14th
Approach trail- yes

MapleLeaf
04-27-2010, 21:43
Trail name: Maple Leaf (unless a better one is thought up)
Direction: NOBO
Start time: Est. early march
Approach trail: more thank likely.

C Seeker
05-05-2010, 21:41
Trail Name- C Seeker
Direction- Front Royal Nobo then FR and heading SOBO
Est- June 12
Approach Trail- house as I live right next to the trail

Can't wait for the trip in the woods! I'm not hiking but taking my time and my camera and enjoying the time away from everything.

M1 Thumb
05-05-2010, 23:58
Trail Name : M1
Direction : NOBO
E.S.D. : mid-March
Approach trail : undecided at the moment, depends on how I am dropped off

Forty-One
05-07-2010, 22:19
Trail Name: Too early to tell what a good/accurate name would be. I guess I'll stick with 41 for now
Direction: Have been thinking SOBO forever, but I don't see too many other SOBOers
Estimated start date: If SOBO, as soon as Katahdin opens. If NOBO, March/April
Approach trail: Ok.. I saw lots of yes/no answers to this question, I even looked in the AT slang link of the site, and it wasn't there... I have no idea what this means

sidebackside
05-07-2010, 23:32
Approach trail: Ok.. I saw lots of yes/no answers to this question, I even looked in the AT slang link of the site, and it wasn't there... I have no idea what this means

The approach trail leads you to the beginning of the AT at Springer from the state park. Best I recall it's about 8 miles. You don't have to hike it to get to the AT, someone will correct me if I'm wrong but, there's a trailhead that you can enter the AT on about a mile or so into the AT. Some people get on the trail there, and backtrack to where the AT starts. I've heard of hikers doing this, and I've also heard that the approach is part of the experience. I've yet to hike the AT so I can't say one way or the other. I suppose this comes into play, HYOH. (hike your own hike)

Forty-One
05-08-2010, 00:37
Ah gotcha, thanks for the heads up. I'm in Rhode Island, which is probably one reason I've always thought of going MEGA. IF I start from the south, I'll have to keep the approach in mind.

Turtle Feet
05-11-2010, 20:39
OMG - how exciting! I've been off the site for a couple of weeks and wowy, wow, wow - we've got a whole bunch of new 'classmates'. :welcome I'm going to take a little while here and go back and read everyone's messages. This makes it feel so much more real right now.

I also read an AT Conservancy Facebook post that said the tail end of the 2010 Class has passed thru Springer now. THAT really makes it feel real to me. We're next!

I've already started to make some small adjustments to things here at home. For 24 years I've been the one in our marriage that heads up the mail opening, check cashing, bill paying, ect. I've begun setting up automatic debits for all the bills that offer it, so my husband won't have to deal with that. I've always done our taxes (but not before mid-March!), so I'm committing to having that finished before I leave next year.

One of my biggest fears is that I'm going to forget something. Not gear-wise, forget something that has to be finished at home before I leave. Anyone else worry about that??? I want to be able to enjoy our little walk in the woods. ;)

healthymom
05-11-2010, 21:56
I've already started to make some small adjustments to things here at home. For 24 years I've been the one in our marriage that heads up the mail opening, check cashing, bill paying, ect. I've begun setting up automatic debits for all the bills that offer it, so my husband won't have to deal with that. I've always done our taxes (but not before mid-March!), so I'm committing to having that finished before I leave next year.

One of my biggest fears is that I'm going to forget something. Not gear-wise, forget something that has to be finished at home before I leave. Anyone else worry about that??? I want to be able to enjoy our little walk in the woods. ;)
Are you my twin? I've been married 25 years. My husband never had a checking account before he married me and I put him on mine. I just 20 min ago had a conversation with him about teaching him to do the money stuff. (then I come online and find your post.) I have always overpaid the bills so that I get the occasional "do not pay this bill'. Now, I just continue to (over)pay everything so that he will have a month or 2 with no or very few bills. I am turning off several things we now pay for. I will re-finance the house in Dec and take enough cashout to pay off our credit card.
I'm going on Depo in Sep so I don't bleed in the woods. I have talked with my doc about what meds I might need on an extended trip and I will be getting scripts for those in the coming months.
I will be getting my eyes checked in Jan and then new glasses just before I leave (2 or 4 pair?).
OK, what have I forgot?
Dee
healthymom

sidebackside
05-11-2010, 22:27
OMG - how exciting! I've been off the site for a couple of weeks and wowy, wow, wow...


I've been wonderin' where you've been.:)

Luddite
05-12-2010, 13:06
Trail Name: Don't have one
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 1
Approach Trail: No way!

gobo
05-12-2010, 14:24
Trail Name: Not Yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 23
Approach Trail: Absolutely

beams24
05-12-2010, 15:47
Trail Name- not sure yet
Direction- NOBO
Est. Start Time- Mid March 2011
Approach Trail - Yes

Making plans for my first Thru Hike. Very excited but kinda nervous about going solo. Looking for any advise to get me prepared for the hike, Or anybody who is planning to start around the same time as me.

CLeamon
05-17-2010, 16:53
Trail Name: Pending
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: 3.21.2011
Approach Trail: yes


See ya there!

maicheneb
05-17-2010, 19:39
Trail Name: pending! and my dog, Dutch, too -- for much of the journey.
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: *probably* mid-March
Approach Trail - Absolutely!

Turtle Feet
05-17-2010, 21:35
Are you my twin? I've been married 25 years. My husband never had a checking account before he married me and I put him on mine. I just 20 min ago had a conversation with him about teaching him to do the money stuff. (then I come online and find your post.) I have always overpaid the bills so that I get the occasional "do not pay this bill'. Now, I just continue to (over)pay everything so that he will have a month or 2 with no or very few bills. I am turning off several things we now pay for. I will re-finance the house in Dec and take enough cashout to pay off our credit card.
I'm going on Depo in Sep so I don't bleed in the woods. I have talked with my doc about what meds I might need on an extended trip and I will be getting scripts for those in the coming months.
I will be getting my eyes checked in Jan and then new glasses just before I leave (2 or 4 pair?).
OK, what have I forgot?

Dee
healthymom

That's too funny Dee! You went so far as to put him on your checking - wow, you're a better man than I. All these years it's just my name (of course his paycheck gets deposited directly nonetheless), but I may have to break down and add him next Feb. Hope he can figure out how to fill in a check...lmao! I like the way you say "I will re-finance the house" ;) ... I think you ARE my twin. "We" bought some income property about 15 years ago (owner financed), we did a re-fi last year and he found out for the first time, he was never actually on the title! :p

Anyway - don't forget the dentist, last thing you want on the trail (besides you-know-what) is a toothache! I'm trying to coordinate this year's visits so I can get my 6 month check-up at the end of Feb.

I'm not going to overpay anything, that would just confuse him further - plus, I think after 25 years it's high-time he realizes just what we owe every month! I can't complain too much though, it's been my stealth money managing that's allowed me to sock away as much as I have for this trip. ;)

Isn't it funny how we've both found men that are so laid-back about it? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining (well, maybe a little), I could never be 'not in-charge' of the finances, don't think I could sleep at night....and probably the same for him, hope he CAN sleep at night once he has to start dealing with it all! In the end, we're perfectly suited for each other. :sun THAT kids is what makes a marriage work!

sherry
aka Turtle Feet

Dholmblad
05-18-2010, 09:40
whats this yes or no about the approach trail? I hiked in 2007 and didnt see a way around it, not that I wanted one but..

Luddite
05-18-2010, 12:20
You can drive almost to the top of springer. If I remember correctly, its only about a mile or so away from the parking lot.

M1 Thumb
05-18-2010, 12:35
You can drive almost to the top of springer. If I remember correctly, its only about a mile or so away from the parking lot.

There is a forest service road that runs near springer. Luddite has it correct that it is about a mile away. Once you get to the terminus you have to come back down the way you just came. Its not a bad option especially if you have family or friends that are seeing you off at the terminus.

healthymom
05-18-2010, 15:17
That's too funny Dee! You went so far as to put him on your checking - wow, you're a better man than I. All these years it's just my name (of course his paycheck gets deposited directly nonetheless), but I may have to break down and add him next Feb. Hope he can figure out how to fill in a check...lmao! I like the way you say "I will re-finance the house" ;) ... I think you ARE my twin. "We" bought some income property about 15 years ago (owner financed), we did a re-fi last year and he found out for the first time, he was never actually on the title! :p

Anyway - don't forget the dentist, last thing you want on the trail (besides you-know-what) is a toothache! I'm trying to coordinate this year's visits so I can get my 6 month check-up at the end of Feb.

I'm not going to overpay anything, that would just confuse him further - plus, I think after 25 years it's high-time he realizes just what we owe every month! I can't complain too much though, it's been my stealth money managing that's allowed me to sock away as much as I have for this trip. ;)

Isn't it funny how we've both found men that are so laid-back about it? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining (well, maybe a little), I could never be 'not in-charge' of the finances, don't think I could sleep at night....and probably the same for him, hope he CAN sleep at night once he has to start dealing with it all! In the end, we're perfectly suited for each other. :sun THAT kids is what makes a marriage work!

sherry
aka Turtle Feet
Hi Sherry/Turtle Feet
Thanks for the reminder on the dentist. I see mine every 3 months d/t having a whole host of problems in my mouth. I had 27 surgeries between Oct '07 and Nov '08.
The DH is on the checking account, but isn't allowed to carry a checkbook. He carries a debit card, but I have him trained that he doesn't use it without consulting me first. He's not allowed a credit card. Before anyone passes judgement on our relationship, you need to understand that I had no debt prior to meeting him. In the 1st year of our relationship, he ran up nearly $5K in debt (jewelry and musical equipment mostly). We almost had to declare bankruptcy, but narrowly avoided that.
After 25 years of marriage, he finally understands that a $15.99 item isn't $15, but $17. Progress!
I love mine dearly and we are VERY suited to one another. It's not the relationship my parents would prefer me to be in. I works really well for us and I am very happy.
Dee
healthymom

C Seeker
05-19-2010, 21:51
Trail Name- C Seeker
Direction Nobo first- then Sobo
Est start time- June 12

Can't wait to start in Front Royal, VA hike to Maine. Then get a ride or flight back down and hike to Georgia. What better can I do with my blank time?

Speakeasy TN
05-20-2010, 09:00
Speakeasy
NOBO
April 1
I wouldn't do the approach again without a gun to my head!! HATEFUL trail to me.

Unklmarty
05-24-2010, 13:29
Trail Name - PITA
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - March 9, 2011
Approach Trail - Yes

2010 is my year see what works, what works better and what doesn't work at all including me

slugger
05-27-2010, 19:17
Trail Name - Slugger
Direction - SOBO
Estimated Start Date - June 15(ish), 2011



Trail Name - Barf
Direction - SOBO
Estimated Start Date - June 15(ish), 2011

julia123xyz
05-28-2010, 09:02
Trail Name: None yet...
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Mid-March
Approach Trail: Not sure yet...

Began discussions with hubby already. He's tentative but supportive.
Work hiatus negotiations begins this afternoon. Can I afford a 6-month leave of absence? Yes. Can I afford not having a job to come back to? Uh, no. Wish me luck!

smithcj06
05-28-2010, 21:16
Trail Name: Siege Machine
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Late February, Early March
Approach Trail: why the hell not!!

AK5
05-29-2010, 17:27
Andrew
NOBO
March

johnboy92
05-31-2010, 18:46
Trail name- none yet
Direction- NOBO
Estimated Start Date- mid March to first of April
Approach trail- sure

dreamchaser
05-31-2010, 22:21
Hey there! I'm DreamChaser. I'm from south Jersey, planning my thru hike next spring as well. Have you done any lengthy hikes so far, alone? I've done a few and plan on doing several more to prepare. I attended Trail Days a few weeks ago. Everyone I talked to said that even though you go out on the hike alone, there are fellow hikers daily that you run into. Are you going to the Hiker Feed in Duncannon, Pa in July or the Gathering in W.V. come October? I'm planning on attending both to continue to gather first-hand info from both previous thru hikers and current ones. Have a good day. Happy Hiking! :)

dreamchaser
05-31-2010, 22:29
last message was posted in wrong spot. that was for Beams24

Regulus
06-02-2010, 00:28
Trail Name: Danger Danjo '08 (maybe a new name this year)
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 1'ish
Approach Trail: Why?

-Animal
06-05-2010, 10:25
Trail Name: Animal
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 2-25-11
Approach Trail: yes

Undershaft
06-10-2010, 12:49
The time has finally arrived for me to be able to take the plunge. After several section hikes I'm going to Thru-Hike in 2011. I'll be leaving Springer Mtn. Northbound on or around April 1st, 2011. I haven't decided if I'll hike the Approach Trail or not, and probably won't decide until next year.

I don't have a Trail Name yet. I've never found one I really liked. I've tried out a few and been given a few, but they just didn't fit. One was even cursed!

Only nine months to go and I'm starting to get really excited and even a little nervous. The reality of what I'll be doing less than a year from now is slowly sinking in. This is a trip I've been dreaming and thinking about for almost 13 years and it's finally going to happen.

Right now I'm focusing on work and saving up as much money as possible so I won't have to worry about finances during or after the hike. I'm also turning a critical eye towards my gear and thinking about what I need to buy and what I want to replace.

This is going to be the trip of a lifetime. I've spent many years waiting for the right time and it's coming next spring, so hear's to good weather, good hiking, and great views!

on_the_GOEZ
06-10-2010, 13:13
Trail Name: D12 but i will be looking for another
Direction: GA>ME
Start Date: Early May
Approach Trail: ...or bust!

joanwest
06-10-2010, 13:39
Trail Name: Hemlock
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start Date: Feb or March
Approach Trail: Yes-- it's such a beautiful section of trail.

Firefighter503
06-10-2010, 16:00
Trail Name: None yet.
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start Date: Early-Mid March (hopefully)
Approach Trail: Sure.

Chenango
06-11-2010, 08:33
It has been a while since I last posted on this thread. I am very excited since I finally retire on June 30th. Everything is in place (well almost everything) for me to leave in early March. Reading all of your entries builds even more excitement for me.

I am heading out this weekend on the AT/LT in the Killington area in Vermont for a couple of nights. My fractured wrist is finally healing from a slip I took on Bear Mtn (Conn) 6-7 weeks ago. :eek: That is my one fear: injury. Last fall I twisted my leg on the Cat Rocks in NY and tore a maniscus in my knee. It is tough getting old ... and I am still fairly young. (no comments from you 20-somethings out there. lol)

What is your fear or anxiety for 2011? Whatever it may be, we all will get a chance to face it head on next year.

Happy Trails to all of us 11'ers. :)

Chenango

art gypsy
06-11-2010, 15:52
Trail name-Art Gypsy
Direction-NOBO
Est Start Date-March 5
Approach Trail_Maybe, I've done it before.

Ogre
06-16-2010, 10:41
Name: Ogre or tbd
Direction: Nobo
Start: early march
Approach: dunno

Today I walked to take the train to work. It's only 3 miles (and 3 more coming home), I've done much longer walks recently, but it's the first time I've walked anywhere since I decided I'm going next year. So it feels like a bigger thing than it is. Going to try to do this at least a couple times a week.

When I told my wife how early I was going to get up today, she looked at me like I was insane. But not when I told her I wanted to hike the AT. I guess that's good :)

allwen
06-17-2010, 08:03
NAME: ALLEN & WENDY (NO TRAILNAME YET)
DIRECTION: NOBO
START: MID - END MARCH
APPROACH TRAIL: UNSURE

WE ARE COMING FROM AUSTRALIA:banana

Salty
06-17-2010, 23:25
Trail Name---None yet (as in I do not have one yet ...:)
Direction---NOBO
Start--- Mid March
Approach--- Yup
Companions ---My dog and my BF

geigerny
06-18-2010, 12:06
Trail Name OX
NOBO on or around March !st, sooner if long range forcast is fav.
approach trail No
Wife and I are looking forward to a successful thru hike.

MuleDeer
06-18-2010, 16:27
NAME: MuleDeer and Boss Lady
DIRECTION: NOBO
START: March 25th
APPROACH TRAIL: Yes

All gear is together, just gotta put on about 15 lbs before i leave so i don't kill myself. 6'1 160 right now.

High Tech Hiker
06-19-2010, 13:51
Trail Name--- High Tech Hiker
Direction---NOBO
Start--- Mid March
Approach--- unsure

Getting ready for the time of my life

Undershaft
06-21-2010, 09:19
It has been a while since I last posted on this thread. I am very excited since I finally retire on June 30th. Everything is in place (well almost everything) for me to leave in early March. Reading all of your entries builds even more excitement for me.

I am heading out this weekend on the AT/LT in the Killington area in Vermont for a couple of nights. My fractured wrist is finally healing from a slip I took on Bear Mtn (Conn) 6-7 weeks ago. :eek: That is my one fear: injury. Last fall I twisted my leg on the Cat Rocks in NY and tore a maniscus in my knee. It is tough getting old ... and I am still fairly young. (no comments from you 20-somethings out there. lol)

What is your fear or anxiety for 2011? Whatever it may be, we all will get a chance to face it head on next year.

Happy Trails to all of us 11'ers. :)

Chenango

Injury is my biggest fear as well. In 2007 I started in Harper's Ferry intending to hike to Katahdin. I only made it about sixty miles into PA. I fell and twisted my right ankle pretty badly. I had to get off the trail and spent almost a month on crutches. I was extremely disappointed and depressed that such a small slip of the foot ended my grand hiking plan. I got on the trail again in NY 5 weeks later but I wasn't fully healed. I only averaged about 4.5 miles a day and had to take at least one zero day a week. It took me almost a month to hike from the Greymoor Monastary to the Mass. Turnpike, but it was better than sitting at home feeling sorry for myself. I took another month off the trail to heal (and for prior commitments) then went up to the White Mountains for two weeks. I hiked some of the AT through the Whites and bagged 10 of the 48 Four-Thousand Footer's.

In the end, I never realised my plan to hike the northern half the AT that summer. I did, however, learn a lot about hiking, met some great people and enjoyed every minute I spent on the trail. It was the best summer of my adult life. I can only hope that next year will be even better and injury free. Thru-Hiking the AT has been a dream of mine for years and I'm finally in a position to take off for six months and go for it. No matter what happens, I'll at least be doing something that I love.

Tenderheart
06-21-2010, 15:03
It has been a while since I last posted on this thread. I am very excited since I finally retire on June 30th. Everything is in place (well almost everything) for me to leave in early March. Reading all of your entries builds even more excitement for me.

I am heading out this weekend on the AT/LT in the Killington area in Vermont for a couple of nights. My fractured wrist is finally healing from a slip I took on Bear Mtn (Conn) 6-7 weeks ago. :eek: That is my one fear: injury. Last fall I twisted my leg on the Cat Rocks in NY and tore a maniscus in my knee. It is tough getting old ... and I am still fairly young. (no comments from you 20-somethings out there. lol)

What is your fear or anxiety for 2011? Whatever it may be, we all will get a chance to face it head on next year.

Happy Trails to all of us 11'ers. :)

Chenango


Not being able to complete my second thru hike is my biggest fear. As you know, the drop out rate for second timers is extremely high. Why is this, you say? Second timers should know what's coming. That's just it, we know what's coming.

litefoot 2000

Nest
06-23-2010, 01:07
Name- Nest
Direction- SOBO
Start Date- Mid Juneish
Approach Trail- Absolutely, there's an AYCE you can eat down there for SOBOs.

Well, I might be hiking next year. Been home from my second hike for 10 months now, and am getting bored. Will be hiking the CDT in 2012 (had to push it back so my friend can hike with me) so I need something to do next year. Figure I might as well just do the AT, but go SOBO this time. We'll see.

Silent
06-23-2010, 01:28
Trail Name- Silent for now, may earn a different one
Direction- Nobo
Estimated Start Date- Early March
Approach Trail - Not sure

Ive been lurking around this forum for a while now, and I finally decided it was time to join this great community.

NoBo2011
06-23-2010, 18:24
I'll finally throw my hat into the ring.

Trail Name: Whatever comes to me on the trail
NOBO
Start May 1
Approach Trail: Yes.

Excited!

Kelleelynn
06-23-2010, 21:16
Trail Name: We have not chosen our names yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: The first week of April
Approach Trail - yes!

We are a mother/daughter team! My daughter will be 9 when we start. I know this will make everything much more difficult for me but it will be an incredible experience for both of us.

retterin
06-29-2010, 17:32
Trail Name: Don't have one yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Early/Mid March, depending on the weather
Approach Trail: Absolutely

vikcicle
06-30-2010, 16:06
Trail Name- Vikcicle
Direction- SOBO
Start Date- May

Cant Wait!

walkin' wally
07-01-2010, 09:55
Trail Name Walkin' Wally
Direction NoBo
Estimated Start Date Approx Mar. 14
Approach Trail Yes

Hope to see you all on the trail. I've been waiting for this for years.

Don H
07-01-2010, 20:00
Trail Name: None yet
Direction: NB
Estimated Start Date: About March 15
Approach Trail - yes or no: Probably

Knox
07-03-2010, 12:21
Trail Name: Still thinking...
Direction: SOBO
Leaving: Mid-June
Approach Trail: But of course!

I am THRILLED...!

rukymoss
07-04-2010, 22:06
Trail name--I'll wait and see what comes along
Direction-- NOBO
Start date--early March, depending on transportation
Approach Trail--yes, but the old one, not the gazillion steps up the Falls

I hiked about 500 miles of the Trail in 2003, about 1000 miles in 2007. This time I'm bringing my dog Seamus. I can tell that age is having an accelerating effect on me, so I am focusing on weight loss and training a LOT more--walking to work and back, usually with Seamus, so I get 10 miles per day and he gets about 8. I still have lots of food and gear to prepare, but now that it's less than 8 months, I'm starting to get that buzz of anticipation.

garbanz
07-04-2010, 22:39
Trail Name: Will pick one up
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Imediately after retirement (1st week of March)
Approach Trail? Absolutely

Speakeasy TN
07-05-2010, 12:56
Trail Name: We have not chosen our names yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: The first week of April
Approach Trail - yes!

We are a mother/daughter team! My daughter will be 9 when we start. I know this will make everything much more difficult for me but it will be an incredible experience for both of us.

This may be the coolest thing ever! Hope to meet you out there.

Btown
07-11-2010, 18:40
Trail Name - Btown
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - Mid to Late March
Approach Trail - yes

This is my first post here. I'm looking forward to meeting 2011 thru-hikers. Feel free to reach out to me. I like the idea of getting to know some of you before hitting the trail. I believe in the buddy system and looking out for each other. My start date is not set in stone.

on_the_GOEZ
07-11-2010, 22:56
Trail Name - Btown
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - Mid to Late March
Approach Trail - yes

This is my first post here. I'm looking forward to meeting 2011 thru-hikers. Feel free to reach out to me. I like the idea of getting to know some of you before hitting the trail. I believe in the buddy system and looking out for each other. My start date is not set in stone.
Btown - It appears as though we live in the same city! How great it is to see fellow Bloomington citizens on WB! Would you like to meet up sometime to "trail talk?"

Even better, I am planning for a 2011 thru-hike as well, although im not sure which direction yet..leaning towards SoBo (even though I posted otherwise in this thread a few months back..oops!) Hope to hear from you!

on_the_GOEZ
07-11-2010, 23:01
Name- Nest
Direction- SOBO
Start Date- Mid Juneish
Approach Trail- Absolutely, there's an AYCE you can eat down there for SOBOs.

Well, I might be hiking next year. Been home from my second hike for 10 months now, and am getting bored. Will be hiking the CDT in 2012 (had to push it back so my friend can hike with me) so I need something to do next year. Figure I might as well just do the AT, but go SOBO this time. We'll see.
There is an AYCE where down there?

Btown
07-12-2010, 05:59
Btown - It appears as though we live in the same city! How great it is to see fellow Bloomington citizens on WB! Would you like to meet up sometime to "trail talk?"

Even better, I am planning for a 2011 thru-hike as well, although im not sure which direction yet..leaning towards SoBo (even though I posted otherwise in this thread a few months back..oops!) Hope to hear from you!
Hi Goez - it is great to meet someone else from Bloomington here. In my case, I'm a bit of a "road warrior" when it comes to work, so I'm not actually residing there at the moment. But, I am in town from time to time, so we can surely have a burrito at Laughing Planet or a frosty libation at Ncks sometime. Great to hear that you are in the 2011 planning stage also. I've talked to a couple of other guys here that are targeting NOBO mid-March of 2011. I'll probably be back in town during the next couple weeks. Let me know if you'll be around and we can trail talk!

on_the_GOEZ
07-12-2010, 11:43
Hi Goez - it is great to meet someone else from Bloomington here. In my case, I'm a bit of a "road warrior" when it comes to work, so I'm not actually residing there at the moment. But, I am in town from time to time, so we can surely have a burrito at Laughing Planet or a frosty libation at Ncks sometime. Great to hear that you are in the 2011 planning stage also. I've talked to a couple of other guys here that are targeting NOBO mid-March of 2011. I'll probably be back in town during the next couple weeks. Let me know if you'll be around and we can trail talk!
A frosty Libation at NIcks? That sounds great - I work there!

Im leaving tomorrow for INdiana's newest hiking trail, the 140mile Knobstone trail, stretching from Morgan-Monroe State Forest to the end of the original Knobstone Trail, just north of Louisville. I will be gone for just over a week so after that let's meet and I will tell of my adventures and those to come! Take care

pixel
07-12-2010, 16:48
my husband and i are planning a SOBO hike june 2011

pixel
07-12-2010, 16:54
Trail Name: Rehearsal (for reasons that should be obvious after my post above this! lol!)
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date: June, 2011
Approach Trail: Yes

Btown
07-12-2010, 22:07
A frosty Libation at NIcks? That sounds great - I work there!

Im leaving tomorrow for INdiana's newest hiking trail, the 140mile Knobstone trail, stretching from Morgan-Monroe State Forest to the end of the original Knobstone Trail, just north of Louisville. I will be gone for just over a week so after that let's meet and I will tell of my adventures and those to come! Take care
Enjoy your hike Goez! You are treading over my old stomping grounds :)

thelowend
07-13-2010, 01:28
Don't have one yet and I feel lame giving myself one.
SOBO!
Thinking as early as possible (late may, early June).
No.. I'm gonna get some folks to meet me on springer with some cold sierra nevadas and other good things to end the hike with.. I don't feel like bracing myself for 8 miles of downhill to do an unofficial part of the AT that i have walked already.

I'm beyond excited. I get out jsut about every weekend now.. and find it very tough to turn around when on trails to head back towards the trailhead after a day or two of solitude and bliss. I can't wait til the day that I can just keep going until I hit Springer..

copperjohn
07-13-2010, 23:01
Trail Name: CopperJohn or Redeye
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date: Depends on the weather Mid Feb-March
Approach Trail: East Ridge Trail/Southern Terminus Approach Trail to Springer Mountain Shelter for night one

copperjohn
07-13-2010, 23:02
Trail Name: CopperJohn or Redeye
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date: Depends on the weather Mid Feb-March
Approach Trail: East Ridge Trail/Southern Terminus Approach Trail to Springer Mountain Shelter for night one
Make the NOBO

cwinkle
07-15-2010, 15:30
Beginning to gather gear for thru hike next year. Quitting my job January 3 to begin conditioning period for March 21 date with Springer Mountain.

Trail name: None
North Bound
Projected leave date: March 21
Approach trail: Depends on who brings me to Springer.

AKBOb
07-16-2010, 19:49
Trail Name: None Yet
Direction: NOBO
Est. Start Date: March 14th, or so
Approach Trail: undecided

Hope these shin splints heal by then!

Nest
07-17-2010, 11:34
There is an AYCE where down there?


Yeah, at Amacalola Falls State Park. The approach trail crosses the road and it's only about a mile into your hike.

DustyTrail
07-17-2010, 13:35
Trail Name: give me one when you see me!
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: MARCH WOOOOOOO
Approach Trail - Of Course

This will be my first Long Trail and ThruHike
Im going in man, coming out a 2,000 Miler

Dr Gonzo
07-17-2010, 15:46
Trail Name: Gonzo
Direction: SOBO
departure date: late June early July.

Two years ago I went SOBO from VT to VA with a good buddie and have been planning this sence. Can't WAIT!!!

Kelleelynn
07-17-2010, 22:48
Originally Posted by Kelleelynn
Trail Name: We have not chosen our names yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: The first week of April
Approach Trail - yes!

We are a mother/daughter team! My daughter will be 9 when we start. I know this will make everything much more difficult for me but it will be an incredible experience for both of us.

This may be the coolest thing ever! Hope to meet you out there.



Thank you!! Hope to meet you too!

scottakus
07-17-2010, 23:25
Trail Name: Big Red
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Mid March
Approach Trail: Yes

This is going to be a life changing experience and the most chellenging thing I've ever attempted. Good luck to my fellow hikers with the same goal in mind. Happy Trails!

Megapixel
07-18-2010, 13:30
Trail Names: Less and Incense (husband and wife)
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date: Late June, provided we can muster enough patience!

How much longer??? What can we do while I wait???

mtnkngxt
07-18-2010, 14:58
Trail Names: Wrongturn
Direction: Nobo Damascus>Katahdin following Trail Days (Already sectioned Springer to Damascus)
Estimated Start Date: Monday after Trail Days.

Litldube
07-23-2010, 10:09
Trail Name: have not aquired one yet. I go by Dube.
Direction: northbound baby!!!
Start Date: march 11th
Approach trail: haven't figured it out yet but yes.

Katadin bound!!

dazed_and_confused
07-30-2010, 10:42
I don't have a trail name.
Come to think of it I don't have much of a plan, other than start walking north next April.

cole
07-30-2010, 17:34
Trail Name: Dont have one as of yet
Direction:NOBO
Estimated Start Date:Late March/Early April
Approach Trail: yes

Partner bailed out on me but my mind is still made up. Still saving money and getting my gear situated. Very nervous to be doing this solo but, as I said, my mind is made.

littlefoot33
07-30-2010, 20:41
Lil'foot
SOBO
Hoping to start mid-July, still looking for a partner. There are potential candidates, but it's hard for them to commit right now. My fam is going to freak out if I try to go solo!

thecramers
07-31-2010, 20:46
Trail name: none yet but we're Jen and Keith
Start Date: End of April 2011
Approach trail: Now Definitely Yes
Still no hiking xp, so were expecting to get our butts kicked at first. We can't wait just gotta get the funds together. Hurry up April. WooHoo NOBO!:sun

khog03
08-03-2010, 03:26
Trail name:None yet :/
Direction : NOBO
Start date:1st week of March
Approach : I'm thinking yes

Excitedly nervously excited :)

Zeno
08-03-2010, 06:12
Trail Name: None yet
Direction SOBO
Estimated Start Date: 15June11
Approach Trail: yup

Turtle Feet
08-03-2010, 19:14
Trail Name: Dont have one as of yet
Direction:NOBO
Estimated Start Date:Late March/Early April
Approach Trail: yes

Partner bailed out on me but my mind is still made up. Still saving money and getting my gear situated. Very nervous to be doing this solo but, as I said, my mind is made.


No worries Cole - it's you, me and about 499 other new friends!

turtle feet

wvgrinder
08-03-2010, 21:32
Trail Name: Dont have one as of yet
Direction:NOBO
Estimated Start Date:Late March/Early April
Approach Trail: yes

Partner bailed out on me but my mind is still made up. Still saving money and getting my gear situated. Very nervous to be doing this solo but, as I said, my mind is made.

One of my best friends "talked me into" hiking th AT back in 1991. He bailed on me, but I headed to Springer anyway. I made it to Harpers's Ferry & had the time of my life! I quickly found out that I'd rather hike "alone". But I really look forward to meeting up w/ fellow hikers at camp & in towns. Don't be nervous-it's no big deal;)


I'm hopping back on the AT next summer to finish the journey. See ya out there. :banana

stunt man
08-04-2010, 03:04
stunt man
NOBO
leaving mid march
approach trail: yes!

i was all set to go in the 2010 season but had to cancel my plans for numerous reasons and it has been eating me alive that i didnt go. now im not letting ANYTHING stop me from going in 2011!

DinnerFer2
08-08-2010, 15:54
Trail Name: Dinner Fer 2
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 19th, 2011 FULL MOON!!!
Approach Trail: Most Likely

I thru-hiked the Long Trail SOBO in 2008, I'm currently in gear world perfecting my pack list. See you at Springer!!!:banana

james6651
08-13-2010, 16:30
Trail Name - Flounder
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - May 3
Approach Trail - yes

i know its a late start date, but it has to be this way because of school. Let me know if anyone else is starting this late!

kombiguy
08-14-2010, 14:56
No trail name
Nobo
Apr 15
Yes to the approach trail

Justplainpete
08-14-2010, 20:23
Trail to start: JustPlainPete
Direction: NobO
Start: April 15 (may be earlier)
Approcah Trail: Done that once, will start at Hawk Mountain Shelter, unless I have a partner.

Sunshine Tami Jo
08-15-2010, 21:35
Trail Name: Hoping someone helps me discover the perfect trail name! I want a great story to go with it.
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 23, right after my Spring Break ski trip with hubby and kids
Approach Trail - I assume so...do I really have a choice?

I'm a mom of 4 kids, all of whom are either adults or on the brink of adulthood. I tried to convince them to come with me, but not one of them thought that this sounded like a good plan. My 21-year-old niece, however, does! Her time is limited, however, so I'll only have her with me for a little while at the start of my hike; after that I'm on my own...except that I really think I'll bring my best buddy with me: Tessa, my 15-pound Jack Russell terrier.

I've been planning this for about two years. I hoped to go last year but life got in the way. This spring I'm on my way, and I'm both really excited and really nervous. Will I be able to do it? Do I have what it takes mentally? Time will tell. I'm not pretending that it will be just a walk in the park. I know it will be hard. I also believe it will be one of the most incredible things I have ever done, and I'm psyched. I have most of my gear, except clothing and shoes. Otherwise, I'm ready! I've been amping up the workouts in anticipation, and I hope to have a reasonable amount of stamina by the time I commence.

I love that there are so many folks beginning about the same time I am. I think we should tie some sort of a flag to our packs so we can recognize one another as members of the WhiteBlaze class of 2011.

I wish everyone the best! Happy Trails!

Turtle Feet
08-15-2010, 23:10
Hey tamijo! Sounds like we're at the same place in life :D My youngest will be 20 next spring and he's hoping to hike a few weeks with me once he's finished with school for the year.

This trip has been on my 'bucket list' for at least 25 years. Now that the kids are pretty much on their own, I'm heading out. The hubby is very supportive and I think secretly looking forward to this hike as much as I am (he's not hiking..lol).

Looks like you'll be starting a little after me, but there's a really good chance you'll catch me! I'll be taking a 2 day break at the end of March for our wedding anniversary too.

Love the little 'flag' idea! Hammockforums.net does something similar but uses a buff that the forum members voted on. That was a fun little contest and then the winning design was produced by the Buff Co. people.

See you on the trail!

Turtle Feet

Hiking2011
08-17-2010, 09:31
Trail Name: Waiting to discover it on the trail
NOBO
Start date: Approximately March 15th
Approach Trail: YES

I would like to meet someone to start the same day. It would put my family's mind at ease.

IrishMonk
08-17-2010, 21:55
Trail Name : IrishMonk
NOBO
Early March
Approach trail : what's that ? lol

This will be my first time hiking... I plan on doing a thru hike. My life is so 'jumbled' right now...can't wait to put everything aside and go for it. Crazy thought really, but I'm looking forward to it. See ya'll on the trail !

Forever North
08-18-2010, 01:02
Trail Name: Forever North hiking with Timber and Willow
Direction: Unsure as of todays date. I may do a southbound and visit with my family in Maine before getting on the trail.
Est start time: As soon as I can get there, good weather or not we'll be on the trail in 2011.

BAMAFAN
08-18-2010, 15:21
No Trail Name
NOBO
Start Date: Mid March
Approach Trail: Find out what it is when I get their!

Hiking2011
08-18-2010, 20:56
The Approach refers to the 8.8 mile Amicalola Falls Approach Trail to Springer Mountain.

lynnmarie
08-18-2010, 23:38
Trail Name: Waiting for the trail. For some reason it feels like bad luck to pick one beforehand.
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Ideally, Mid-March, but this all depends on when I quit my job, sell all of my worldly possessions, etc.
Approach: Yet to be determined.

Anyone else in the SF Bay Area planning their hike and want to meet up? I would love to meet up with other thruhikers in planning to share the excitement.

Hiking2011
08-19-2010, 02:16
Lynnmarie,
I am also quitting my job and selling off all my worldly possessions. Good for us!

4togo
08-19-2010, 11:52
well as you can see when i joined whiteblaze i had 4 more years to go, well it's finally here, retiring in two months, will be on trail in march sometime, gear is almost complete, I am really excited to be apart of this years group, if anyone is interested in talking AT or 2011 thru, contact me RDS163@netzero.com would like to make some contacts prior to start hooooooooooooooooorrrrrahhhhhhhhhh

levidoug
08-19-2010, 12:59
Trail Name: levidoug
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Looking at end of Feb/early March
Approach Trail: Amicalola Falls Approach Trail
still planning, coming from Oregon by train easier to keep gear with me.

james6651
08-20-2010, 13:43
Hey guys so I'm still in school and Im planning on hiking the trail for 3 months next summer during the break. So my problem is i can't start until may 3, and i am worried that there won't be enough people that far south on the trail. Not that i am scared of being by myself or anything, but i don't want to miss out on all of the camaraderie that the AT is known for. I really want to start at Springer, but i think i might just start farther north where there will be more thru hikers, and going as far as i can before the semester starts. Any thoughts on this? I know it goes against many peoples view of the trail, and thru hiking legit would easily be my first option, but unfortunately, at this time it isn't an one. I appreciate any feedback thanks!

Nean
08-20-2010, 15:52
Approach Trail - I assume so...do I really have a choice?



I've never done it or had the desire.... and you do have a choice.:)

Nean
08-20-2010, 15:58
Trail to start: JustPlainPete
Direction: NobO
Start: April 15 (may be earlier)
Approcah Trail: Done that once, will start at Hawk Mountain Shelter, unless I have a partner.

You really can't start at Hawk Mt can you? :-?
And you would skip Springer (2 miles RT from FS 42) and walk to Katahdin?:confused:

Hiking2011
08-20-2010, 20:56
Hey guys so I'm still in school and Im planning on hiking the trail for 3 months next summer during the break. So my problem is i can't start until may 3, and i am worried that there won't be enough people that far south on the trail. Not that i am scared of being by myself or anything, but i don't want to miss out on all of the camaraderie that the AT is known for. I really want to start at Springer, but i think i might just start farther north where there will be more thru hikers, and going as far as i can before the semester starts. Any thoughts on this? I know it goes against many peoples view of the trail, and thru hiking legit would easily be my first option, but unfortunately, at this time it isn't an one. I appreciate any feedback thanks!


You can do what is called a flip-flop. You could start out further up the trail and hike in one direction going NoBo. Then when you have a chance to come back and finish you can start in that same spot and go in the opposite direction SoBo. Its what ever works for you man.
"Hike your own hike." :sun

ac2rivers
08-20-2010, 23:11
Name: Vagrant
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start: April 1st
Approach Trail: Unsure

Can't wait.

Helios
08-21-2010, 07:40
Name: Joe Cross
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start: June 20th
Approach Trail: already hiked once, probably will again

iReact
08-21-2010, 13:29
Trail Name: rustic
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start: Mid-March
Approach Trail: Absolutely! Going to hit every single ounce of the trail I can get!

Looking forward to honing my Yogi skills and sharing as much magic as I can!

How do you know that I'm near? Look for the PBR and GORP!

Turtle Feet
08-21-2010, 17:16
Trail Name : IrishMonk
NOBO
Early March
Approach trail : what's that ? lol

This will be my first time hiking... I plan on doing a thru hike. My life is so 'jumbled' right now...can't wait to put everything aside and go for it. Crazy thought really, but I'm looking forward to it. See ya'll on the trail !

At Springer Mt. in GA, there's an 8 mile hike to actually get to the 'official' southern terminus of the AT. Those 8 miles aren't included in the official milage for the trail, and there IS a road that can be driven further up the mountain to get you closer to the start of the trail (you actually need to backtrack a couple of miles). ;)

You can pretty much count on those 8 miles as being your first day, so if you're super pressed for time or on a strict schedule, you could 'skip' the approach trail.

I'll be starting roughly March 13th - 15th, somewhere in there. Look forward to meeting everyone - sounds like we're going to have a fabulous
"Class of '11"

TF

Nean
08-21-2010, 18:18
At Springer Mt. in GA, there's an 8 mile hike to actually get to the 'official' southern terminus of the AT. Those 8 miles aren't included in the official milage for the trail, and there IS a road that can be driven further up the mountain to get you closer to the start of the trail (you actually need to backtrack a couple of miles). ;)


TF

At Amicalola Falls, Ga. there is a trail that will take you 8.8m UP to Springer Mt.
FS 42 will take you to the AT where its about a mile to the top of Springer. That mile is the one time you backtrack...until Katahdin....maybe.:D

CalvinLouis
08-22-2010, 19:02
Trail Name: Cooper
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 12
Approach Trail: Yes

Colorado! :sun

kefira
08-26-2010, 00:30
Trail Name- I don't have one yet, my first name is Katrina
Direction- NOBO
Estimated Start Date- April 4
Approach Trail - unsure
Hiking with my dog, Jules

minka
08-27-2010, 15:47
Trail Name - Minka (Ming-ka)
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - first two weeks of March
Approach Trail - Yes!

hello, hello-- can't wait to start my first ld thru-hike in mid march after graduating from college in january! i'm particularly interested in talking to and meeting other queer and/or female bodied thru-hikers...

wicca32
08-29-2010, 18:26
Trail name-Wicca
Direction-NOBO
Est. start time-1st week in April
Approach trail--why not

May not make it all the way to Maine, but what a journany!!

Well, 2011 is out for me, DANG! I've had some health issuses arise, gotta get them in check, recover from surgery....hopefully 2012!

Turtle Feet
08-29-2010, 22:10
Well, 2011 is out for me, DANG! I've had some health issuses arise, gotta get them in check, recover from surgery....hopefully 2012!


Dang is right! Sorry you can't make it, I was looking forward to meeting you! :(
Good luck with your health though, that's the most important thing - hope you have a quick recovery!!!

TF

Kristen
08-30-2010, 04:59
Trail name - Don't have one yet
Direction-NOBO
Est. start time- Probably around April 1st
Approach trail - Probably

It's exciting reading about all of the others getting ready to hike! I look forward to meeting you on the trail.

Turtle Feet
08-30-2010, 09:48
Trail name - Don't have one yet
Direction-NOBO
Est. start time- Probably around April 1st
Approach trail - Probably

It's exciting reading about all of the others getting ready to hike! I look forward to meeting you on the trail.

Welcome Kristen! :welcome

I'll be starting a bit before you, but seeing that you're almost half my age, I'd say you'll be catching me before very long... ;)

See you on the trail....

TF

bramblingbird
08-30-2010, 12:03
Trail Name - don't have one yet (I am excited to acquire one!)
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - beginning of March
Approach Trail - most likely

I am super super excited!

IronGutsTommy
09-01-2010, 06:16
Trail name None yet
Direction NOBO
Date Probably early march to early april, depends when i finish my october SOBO.. yeah im yo yoing
Approach trail Perhaps...

Bob Ashe
09-01-2010, 11:17
Trail Name: Dusty
Direction: North
Start Date: 15 March
Approach Trail: Yes. Who would want to miss it?

First time hiker.

Wuff
09-05-2010, 13:50
Trail Name - Wuff
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - mid to late March
Approach Trail - Yes

Tiger Ninja
09-05-2010, 15:00
Trail Name: have a few ideas but not sure yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Early to mid March
Approach Trail- yes

Other notes: I am 19 and thinking of hiking with my dog, Bart, or find a group. I would love to find another hiker with a dog to hike with. Let me know if anyone is interested.

wicca32
09-05-2010, 15:18
Dang is right! Sorry you can't make it, I was looking forward to meeting you! :(
Good luck with your health though, that's the most important thing - hope you have a quick recovery!!!

TF
Thanks TF....I'm just sick about having to put this dream off 1 more year...but I'll make it! Of course my daughter is upset...told her it gave her a chance to save more money, lol. She'll be my hiking partner, for as long as she lasts :). She's still not to keen on not bathing daily, LOL. Good luck! Enjoy!

niners
09-05-2010, 15:41
Trail Name - Don't know yet
Direction - NOBO
Start end of Feb or early March
Approach trail - maybe

Hiking with my daughter who is graduating high school early to walk the trail.

northernstorm
09-06-2010, 01:33
name: northern storm
estimated date: march 5th
approach trail: abso-friggin'-lutely!!

i posted a thread tonight. looking for someone, or team to share this beautiful experience with. none of my friends can make it:(

Planeoljoe
09-06-2010, 07:57
name: northern storm
estimated date: march 5th
approach trail: abso-friggin'-lutely!!

i posted a thread tonight. looking for someone, or team to share this beautiful experience with. none of my friends can make it:(


if you'd be whiling to leave on the 14th you're more then welcome to come along with my father and me.

Turtle Feet
09-06-2010, 07:58
Incase anyone missed this - Leamon(I think that's right?) posted this on another thread it's a nice supplement to WB, if you happen to spend more time on FB.
TF


I am forming a Facebook group for all Nobo 2011 planners! Sort of a parallel to this forum I suppose. You're all welcome! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...3902293&ref=mf (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=127798373902293&ref=mf)

SpecialK
09-06-2010, 09:36
Trail Name: Special K
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: First Week in March
Approach Trail: Yes

Minlaker
09-06-2010, 23:55
Trailname: taking suggestions
Direction: NOBO
start date : march 15 tenative

redwing
09-07-2010, 18:23
Trail name: Red Wing
Direction: NOBO
Est. start time-1st week in April
Approach: Nope...gonna ride to the top.

Will start this adventure at the ripe-old age of 66

northernstorm
09-07-2010, 19:19
Trail name: Red Wing
Direction: NOBO
Est. start time-1st week in April
Approach: Nope...gonna ride to the top.

Will start this adventure at the ripe-old age of 66
good luck my friend! hope to meet ya out there.

-northern storm

Turtle Feet
09-07-2010, 19:36
Trailname: taking suggestions
Direction: NOBO
start date : march 15 tenative

OMG! :eek: I lived in Gurnee for many, many years before moving to the northwoods. We lived in Fairway Ridge (HR golf course). Where are you at? Did you graduate from Warren?

TF

thepitts
09-07-2010, 21:42
Trail Name- Unknown
Direction- SOBO
Est. Start- June 15-18
Approach Trail- maybay

Torch09
09-08-2010, 05:10
Torch
Nobo
April 1st
Approach Trail - yes

In 2009 I spent too much time in towns taking zeros. This year I need to learn how to balance my miles and smiles so I can actually finish :)

levidoug
09-08-2010, 11:41
Trail Name: levidoug
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Looking at end of Feb/early March
Approach Trail: Amicalola Falls Approach Trail
still planning, coming from Oregon by train easier to keep gear with me.

Update, decided since coming by train to spend one nite at least at Hikers hostel to catch my breath.
Start will be about March 9th or 10th if I remember the date correctly, trying not to start on a weekend.
Still doing NOBO, glad to see so many doing the same.
Keep the positive mind set that we all finish and Hike our own hike.

levidoug

C-quoia
09-08-2010, 16:43
Trail Name- Sequoia
Direction- NOBO
Est. Start- Feb 28 or March 1st
Approach Trail- Not sure yet

2011 is the year! Officially changed my school plans today to wrap up earlier and finally have a go at this dream. Good luck everyone!

mikecordes
09-08-2010, 23:33
Trailname: undecided
Start date: Feb 15
Approach Trail: no

Hiking with my wife... I turned in resignation today effective Dec 31..

niners
09-09-2010, 22:10
Trail Name - Don't know yet
Direction - NOBO
Start end of Feb or early March
Approach trail - maybe

Hiking with my daughter who is graduating high school early to walk the trail.

Updated Start Date: 2/16/2010:)

ApeDrape
09-12-2010, 20:41
Trail name: Don't know yet
Direction: NOBO
Est. start time-1st week in March
Approach: Yep!

Hoping to convince a couple of old friends to join me. Going to hike the Knobstone trail in southern Indiana next month for a little training :)

wanderer82
09-16-2010, 23:02
trail Name- don't have one yet still undesided
Direction- NOBO
Estimated Start Date- Early to mid March
Approach Trail - yes

goodolenate
09-17-2010, 11:37
Trail Name: Unknown as of yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Late February
Approach Trail: Certainly

Philip
09-17-2010, 12:25
Trail Name: ?
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: March/April
Approach Trail: Maybe

LOL! Judging by the preambled information above, all I know is I'm going north sometime next year. (-:

I intended to go SOBO this year after I graduated, but was too chicken to do it. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find a job after I got back if I quit the one I have now.

So, next year I'll be in a much more solid financial position and will surely benefit from an extra year of local hiking experience. I know my pack weight will be a lot lower next year than it would have been if I had left in August like I had planned. Being a newbie to the whole hiking thing and having a lifetime of experience car camping, I went nuts and bought every last little gizmo and doodad I could find. I totally missed the fact that I'd be walking the majority of the time, and need to be comfortable doing that as opposed to being super-comfortable in camp.

So now instead of my 140 lb self lugging 60 lbs of gear & consumables so I can camp in style, I carry a 30 lb pack so I can hike like a champ. My priorities have definitely changed...

somewherelse
09-17-2010, 23:25
Sigh....does posting here make this really real. (please ignore the grammar, never my strong point)

Trail Name: Open to suggestions, I will let the trail name me I think
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Mid to late February(more than likely weekend of 19 February)
Approach Trail: Depends on weather I suppose

I retire from the Navy 1 January......time will never be better. I need to avoid the heat as much as possibly, hence the reason for the early start.

Am I ready? Who knows if the ever are...

58starter
09-20-2010, 09:45
Trail Name: 58starter
Direction: North Bound from Springer
Starting Date: Middle of march
Approach: no, will start at the forest service road hike the .9 to Springer the back to the parking lot to start from there.

I am 59 now and will be 60 when the hike begins. I need to start out hiking with someone my age or a group of you guys so my wife will feel safer for me.

I have hiked from Springer to Rock gap already this past year in sections.
Will be doing Rock Gap to NOC mid october.

Anyone want to start out with me?

Philip
09-20-2010, 10:19
Ho hum...doom & gloom...drink the coolaid and be risk averse or throw caution to the wind and do the Nike thing...

I canceled a SOBO attempt for 2010 because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find a job when I got back. Now I'm planning a NOBO 2011 for April, but am sprouting chicken wings again...now thinking SOBO 2011 would be better...

The plane has been circling the jump zone for two years now...when am I going to just jump and trust that the parachute will open? Somebody kick me in the kiester and shove me out the door. What's the worst that can happen, end up mooching off mommy and defaulting my student loans?

Speaking from the position of having two masters degrees, that's pretty darn sad, isn't it? Right now I have two jobs working 70 hours a week and am grossly overqualified for both. I sometimes wonder if I wasted my time in grad school.

walkin' wally
09-20-2010, 10:39
[QUOTE=Philip;1051508]Ho hum...doom & gloom...drink the coolaid and be risk averse or throw caution to the wind and do the Nike thing...

I canceled a SOBO attempt for 2010 because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find a job when I got back. Now I'm planning a NOBO 2011 for April, but am sprouting chicken wings again...now thinking SOBO 2011 would be better...

The plane has been circling the jump zone for two years now...when am I going to just jump and trust that the parachute will open? Somebody kick me in the kiester and shove me out the door. What's the worst that can happen, end up mooching off mommy and defaulting my student loans?

Hey Phillip

Do what the Special Forces do. Make a HALO jump. High Altitude Low Opening You will get there a lot quicker. :D I'll see you out there on the trail with all the other 59 or 60 somethings. It is alot better to be circling the jump zone than circling the drain.:eek:

Philip
09-20-2010, 12:08
Hey! That sounds like a trail name for me....HALO (High altitude, low opening). I always tell people, "I feel like I'm going through life in a traffic jam riding somebody's back bumper all the time". Antherwords, I run a little faster than most in everything I do. I even hike faster than most; sort of the, "I'll sleep when I'm dead, so let's go!" mentality.

HALO. I like it. That acronym sums up my personality quite well. Plus it can't hurt if it makes people think I'm talking about a Halo, so they think I'm just a really nice guy, which I am for the most part. (-: Thanks!

walkin' wally
09-20-2010, 15:29
Hey! That sounds like a trail name for me....HALO (High altitude, low opening). I always tell people, "I feel like I'm going through life in a traffic jam riding somebody's back bumper all the time". Antherwords, I run a little faster than most in everything I do. I even hike faster than most; sort of the, "I'll sleep when I'm dead, so let's go!" mentality.

HALO. I like it. That acronym sums up my personality quite well. Plus it can't hurt if it makes people think I'm talking about a Halo, so they think I'm just a really nice guy, which I am for the most part. (-: Thanks!

Six months out of Houston for six months in the mountains? Priceless

sobo2010
09-25-2010, 01:24
Trail name-docmarten
Direction-NOBO
Start time-January 1
Approach trail-yes

lonewolftrekker
09-25-2010, 08:51
Stumble Wolf
Nobo
March 5th
I did the Approach Last year... I think I'll do it again.

Kellydfw
09-26-2010, 14:39
trail name - not yet
NOBO
March 15
approach - yes

Hoping to find someone to hike with.

Iceaxe
09-27-2010, 01:01
Trail Name Iceaxe
Direction NoBo
Estimated Start Date March 2011
Approach Trail - yes

Hiked the PCT in 2009 and the CDT this year(2010). Hiking the AT in 2011 will be the Triple Crown in Three years... Why? Well I always liked the number 3. Also it will be nice to see fellow hikers on the trail again. Wyoming had more Pronghorns than people! I hear there are even a few shelters out there on the AT. This is going to be awesome!

Canute600
09-28-2010, 22:24
Trail Name - Gravity
Direction - NoBo
Estimated Start Date - late March 2011
Approach Trail - Absolutely

I've been dreaming of the thru hike for years since a 600 mile SoBo trek in 2005, but it seems like it's never the right time. Feels right now though. See you all in Georgia!

james-skinner
09-30-2010, 10:39
Trail Name: Not yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Mid April
Approach Trail: Yes

flats
09-30-2010, 23:29
planning on a march 1 launch.:banana

1cre8ive1
10-01-2010, 10:11
Trail Name: 'Little Italy'
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 9, 2011
Approach Trail - yes or no: I don't know what this is asking.

I will be traveling with TreadHead. Not sure if he registered or not.

1cre8ive1
10-01-2010, 10:14
I know how ya feel...I've been trying to get back to the trail since I had a taste 4 years ago in Maine. Keep saying I'm gonna go, I'm gonna go and when it gets to that time, I always have an excuse why I can't. This time I'm just doing it...period!

Turtle Feet
10-01-2010, 10:55
Trail Name: 'Little Italy'
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 9, 2011
Approach Trail - yes or no: I don't know what this is asking.

I will be traveling with TreadHead. Not sure if he registered or not.

The Approach Trail is the 8.4 miles or so that begin at Amicalola Falls State park and head up Springer to the first blaze which marks the official start of the trail. Some people do the approach, some don't.

Sounds like you may be starting a few days before me, but maybe we'll cross paths at some point!

Turtle Feet

gipcgirl
10-02-2010, 04:27
Trail name gipcgirl
approach trail possibly not
Nobo
Start date around the 15th march 2011

WILDERNURSE
10-02-2010, 05:44
Trail name undecided
Direction nobo
Estimated Start Date early March:sun

Turtle Feet
10-02-2010, 17:02
I could be off by a few, but best I can figure we have approx. 177 2011 thru-hikers registered on this thread so far.

mountain squid
10-02-2010, 20:18
I've got 184 so far. I've uploaded the spreadsheet and, hopefully, it will be available for viewing soon (attroll is probably still hiking).

Good Luck and Have Fun next year!! (If anyone needs to update anything let me know.)

See you on the trail,
mt squid

Turtle Feet
10-02-2010, 21:57
I've got 184 so far. I've uploaded the spreadsheet and, hopefully, it will be available for viewing soon (attroll is probably still hiking).

Good Luck and Have Fun next year!! (If anyone needs to update anything let me know.)

See you on the trail,
mt squid


I'm sure you're 100% more right than I am. :) All I did was subtract out the "non-registry" posts from the "registry" posts (all the while watching the Wisconsin/ Michigan State game), but I didn't really account for multiple hikers, as in "my husband and I are....".

TF

flats
10-03-2010, 00:07
sad that it has now for a long time taken up all my thoughts!gotta hit atlanta next week and gonna do a preview hike just to see how it really feels to start on such a journey!its in my dreams.

walkin' wally
10-04-2010, 17:41
Trail name gipcgirl
approach trail possibly not
Nobo
Start date around the 15th march 2011

Did you hike this year also? I thought you were mentioned in Trail Journals.

paulandbarb
10-04-2010, 20:54
Trail Name: Flux and Entropy
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: weather permitting early March
Approach Trail - yes or no: Probably

bandit
10-05-2010, 04:01
Trail Name: bandit
Direction: nobo
Starting Date: second or third week of march
Approach: most likely

I put off posting this for a while, worried whether things might fall through. At this point, I can't contain myself.

I'll be starting off with some other friends (in the process of trying to convince them to stay on the trail as long as possible :D)

looking forward to seeing you all, merry hikin' folk!

gipcgirl
10-05-2010, 04:33
Did you hike this year also? I thought you were mentioned in Trail Journals.

Yes I hiked this year got as far as the top of Mt Washington and had to abandon my hike as my visa was expiring on the 15th Sept which left me only a few days to clean up and get to New York. So I am doing it all over again yep the whole trail and hopefully getting to Katahdin this time next year.
I had such a good time that its no big deal to do it all again.
Yes I have a trail journal account of my hike.
gipcgirl

allwen
10-05-2010, 09:22
ALLWEN: Trailname Wendy - FOF#2 (FERAL OLD FART #2)
Allen - He doesnt have one - he is FOF#3 in Australia but wants a new name for the AT
Start Date: Arrive Atlanta 18th March, plan on starting 20th March
Approach Trail: We think so
Intend to finish at Kathadin before we fly back to Australia on 10.9.2011

TrailBlazer2011
10-05-2010, 14:50
Hey everybody!

Looking forward to being on the trail. COME SOONER!
Going with my brother, possibly another brother as well.
Trail Name: Milkshake
Starting Date: March 15th-ish
NOBO!!
Approach Trail: Is there a way to parachute onto Springer Mt?

walkin' wally
10-05-2010, 15:00
Hey everybody!

Looking forward to being on the trail. COME SOONER!
Going with my brother, possibly another brother as well.
Trail Name: Milkshake
Starting Date: March 15th-ish
NOBO!!
Approach Trail: Is there a way to parachute onto Springer Mt?

Yes, it's been done before.

pricklypear
10-07-2010, 18:47
Trail name- Junebug (herbie)
Direction- SOBO
Est. start time- June 1ish
Approach trail-unsure

pricklypear
10-07-2010, 18:49
Trail name- Junebug (herbie)
Direction- SOBO
Est. start date- June 1
Approach trail- unsure