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mountain squid
04-10-2011, 20:42
Alright, all you 2012ers, time to make it official . . . :D

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

Handschin
04-10-2011, 23:13
The countdown has started!

Trail Name: I do not have one...yet ;)
NoBo
Start Date 20 Feb 2012
No approach trail
Hammock Camper

See ya on the trail!

ALLEGHENY
04-11-2011, 00:31
Getting it together!

Trail Name: Allegheny

ALLEGHENY
04-11-2011, 00:44
Trail Name: Allegheny
NoBo
Start Date: Groundhog Day 2012
Approach Trail-NO

Good Luck Everyone!

Fog Horn
04-11-2011, 04:54
Trail name: Fog Horn
Start date: leap day, Feb 29th
NOBO
Possible additions that are far from confirmed: Sister in law and dog
Approach trail: probably

One
04-11-2011, 05:04
NOBO
Trail Name: One
Start Date: March 15 (ish), 2012
Approach Trail: Absolutely
:banana

Stray dog
04-11-2011, 06:26
NoBo
Trail Name: None yet, but I am a Stray Dog in both paddling and cross country skiing
Start Date: March 16
Approach Trail: Why not ? What are 8 extra miles on top of the 2000+ miles of a thru hike ?

Rockhound
04-11-2011, 07:57
I'll be back out there this year in June and may or may not complete a thru and you bet I'm gonna be out there again next year. Way to far away to set an actual date though. If I had to guess I'll be starting at Springer in mid Feb. again. Hopefully I'll get a little more snow this time.

Rockhound
04-11-2011, 07:58
For the paranoid conspiracy theorists this will be known as "The year of the last thru hike" SOBOs better not dilly dally.

LDog
04-11-2011, 09:08
Trail Name - Bill & Mary (Trail names TBD)
Direction - NoBo
Estimated Start Date -19 Mar
Approach Trail - Yes

Does this go into my permanent record?!

Storm
04-11-2011, 09:23
Trail name- STORM
Start date - April 1
Approach - No
NOBO

Whitewater2012
04-11-2011, 09:39
Trail Name - Reel Content
Direction - NoBo
Estimated Start Date - Feb 22
Approach Trail - Yes

Old Hiker
04-11-2011, 09:53
Trail Name - Old Hiker
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - 29 Feb 2012
Approach Trail - Still deciding
Any additional info that you want the world to know -
1. Warped sense of humor
2. Wife is not happy about it.
3. Nothing else that's printable and/or that can get past my Witness Relocation Officer and Probation Officer.

hikingbear
04-11-2011, 10:17
Trail Name: Mental Bird
Direction: North
Estimated Start Date: March 16th (give or take a week)
Approach Trail: no

Been planning this for probably four years now. I was going to hit the trail this year but I found my twin soul and got married!!!!! So the trail got pushed back to 2012 before we start a family!!!

I look forward to meeting you all on here and seeing you on the trail!!!!

Anyone from Florida?

Old Hiker
04-11-2011, 10:24
Trail Name: Mental Bird

Anyone from Florida?


Look at post # lucky 13! Although, I'm sure you meant to say, "Anyone who's not a geezer from FL?" I've seen several from FL. :p

http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=486

Good luck - see you on the Trail! :D

TFOS
04-11-2011, 14:23
Trail Name - Blue Fox
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - 3/19
Approach Trail - Yes
Other - Hiking with Greymuzzle, who isn't a member here.

Track3307
04-11-2011, 15:46
Trail Name: Squatting Bear
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date: July 1st
Approach Trail: Yes, I'll walk down it from Springer


Been looking forward to this for quite a while and cannot wait to get started!

carpattack
04-11-2011, 17:18
Trail Name: none yet, leaning towards The Foolish King
Direction: North
Estimated Start Date: April 1
Approach Trail: yes

Idaho_Nomad
04-11-2011, 20:31
Trail Name: To be determined
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Early march
Approach Trail: Yes

I get out of the Army a few months prior!! What a great way to start the new chapter in my life.

Gramps43
04-11-2011, 21:02
Trail Name: Maybe I'll earn one during my Thru Hike

Direction: NOBO

Estimated Start Date: March 15, 2012

Approch Trail: Yes

Time to stop DREAMING and DO IT, if I can jump out of a perfectly good airplane at 64 I can Thru Hike the AT at 68.

See you on the trail

RETCW4
04-11-2011, 21:22
Trail Name: Tumblweed
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 15 March 2012
Approach Trail - no
Was all set to start 1 April 2011, then developed a herniated disc. Am fine now and have nothing to do but get ready for next year. Gear is bought and mail drops are packed and addressed.

Tumbleweed

hikingbear
04-12-2011, 09:07
Trail Name - Blue Fox
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - 3/19
Approach Trail - Yes
Other - Hiking with Greymuzzle, who isn't a member here.


I apologize. I did not see that bit of info on the left hand side. Where is Valrico?

Pages
04-12-2011, 13:00
TV

march-april, 2012

haven't decided which way yet; northbound would be the most climatic way, but southbound is intriguing.

no approach trail

HockeyGirl
04-12-2011, 13:38
Trail Name: Button
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 15th March 2012 (could be a day or two earlier)
Approach Trail: Still deciding but leaning towards yes

Any additional info that you want the world to know:

1. I walk slow - so wave as you pass me by
2. I'm from the UK (mostly) so will be oohing and ahhing at big sceneries we don't have over here - feel free to shake you head in dismay at the silly tourist.
3. I don't seem to produce my own body heat, so don't be surprised to see me in a down jacket in the height of summer!

See you on the trail! :)

Old Hiker
04-12-2011, 13:42
I apologize. I did not see that bit of info on the left hand side. Where is Valrico?

12 miles east of Tampa. Hudson is up by Port Richey, so I'm about 30 miles south-east of you.

strollingalong
04-12-2011, 23:28
?
north
yes
sometime around March 10-15
hammock

I guess this makes it official

Garlic Fingers
04-12-2011, 23:54
Trail Name - TBD
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - Late Feb - Early March
Approach Trail - No (Have done it before)

alricher
04-13-2011, 04:41
Trail Name: Mtnaire
Direction: NOBO
Est. start date: March 15,2012
Approach Trail: Yes


Native Mainer semi-retired, goin' home my way at my pace

Carol A.
04-13-2011, 17:22
No trail name yet
Direction: NoBo
Hope to be on the approach trail March 4th. or 11th (daylight saving time) :sun

Entropy2012
04-13-2011, 17:41
Trail Name: Still need to get one
NOBO
Start Date: Early March
Approach Trail: YES!



2. I'm from the UK (mostly) so will be oohing and ahhing at big sceneries we don't have over here - feel free to shake you head in dismay at the silly tourist.

Yay, a fellow brit! :banana

Badspeller
04-14-2011, 22:01
Names: No Trail Names yet
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: May 5th 2012 6:00 am (we hope to finish before the world ends)... :)
Approach Trail: Yes
We live in East Tennessee, and hike daily, so this should be fun.

HockeyGirl
04-15-2011, 04:21
Trail Name: Still need to get one
NOBO
Start Date: Early March
Approach Trail: YES!



Yay, a fellow brit! :banana

Yeah but you folks up there talk with a funny accent! :D

Old Hiker
04-15-2011, 08:34
Yeah but you folks up there talk with a funny accent! :D


Wait, wait, wait!! I thought only us Amur-cans can make fun of each other's accents and origins!

Does being born in England over Texas soil make me English?

LDog
04-15-2011, 10:12
I see the 2012 Dahlonega Trail Fest is set for March 16-18 ... May want to adjust our start date a bit for that?

http://www.dahlonegatrailfest.org/

Entropy2012
04-15-2011, 13:48
Yeah but you folks up there talk with a funny accent! :D

Haud yer wheesht! :cool:

(I'm secretly a yank. shhhhh :D)

vfherman
04-15-2011, 13:54
Trail Name Bonehead
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date March 1, 2012
Approach Trail - yes or no Yes, why not?


Can't wait to see you on the trail! Good luck to all of us involved.

MarkhMD
04-15-2011, 14:53
Trail Name: Bucket List
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 3, 2012
Approach Trail - undecided - recommendations?

HockeyGirl
04-16-2011, 04:48
Wait, wait, wait!! I thought only us Amur-cans can make fun of each other's accents and origins!

Does being born in England over Texas soil make me English?

With the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish all in such close proximity, how can you NOT make fun of each other?

And I'm sure we can let you into the Brit club - 'Honorary Member' :D

jima59
04-16-2011, 18:14
Name: Jimajax
Direction: nobo
Starting date: 3/1/12

jima59
04-16-2011, 18:17
Approach trail yes.

I previously hiked from springer to Damascus about 35 years ago and want to do it all from start to finish, also the approach trail again. Wife seems to think I should go so we shall see.

Mockingbird
04-17-2011, 10:25
Trail Name: Topaz
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 01
Approach Trail: Yes

Old Hiker
04-18-2011, 12:48
With the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish all in such close proximity, how can you NOT make fun of each other?

And I'm sure we can let you into the Brit club - 'Honorary Member' :D


WHOO - HOO!! My grandmother was a HUGE Texan - she sent my mom a box of Texas dirt while my dad was stationed at Alconbury. My mom refused to go into the delivery room until the box was under the table! I was a breech baby, too. :eek:

I was in Northern Germany for 3.5 years. We went to the UK for sunshine and warm weather, believe it or not. Had a great time - natives were wonderfully wonderful, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland!

I get a pay raise with "Honorary Membership", right? More good weather days on the trail? Better zero days? Something? Anything? ;)

no name20
04-18-2011, 18:20
Trail Name – Hoping the Trail will name me….kindly
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date – Early March
Approach Trail - Absolutely

Been planning for a year and a half now. Looking forward to every muddy, cold, wet step. See you guys out there.

jainsworth123
04-18-2011, 20:28
Trail name: none yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start date: mid march
Approach trail: Duh
Will be going for the AT and PCT next year. Been looking forward to them since my first trip out about a year ago, and it's all I've been able to think about.

ddanko2
04-19-2011, 07:33
Trail Name: Backbone (aptly named for the highest peak in the great state of MD)

Start Date: Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Approach Trail: Of course!

NOBO

Can't wait! Any other Marylanders out there let me know!

Tracks205
04-19-2011, 10:36
Trail Name: Tracks
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date :March 02, 2012
Approach Trail - yes

cain't wait to be there hope everyone makes it :banana

moosejuice13
04-20-2011, 11:32
Trail Name: moosejuice
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: march 1st
Approach Trail - yes

Veggie
04-20-2011, 21:04
Trail Name: Veggie
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Early-Mid February
Approach Trail: Probably

abcfab
04-20-2011, 22:59
Trail Name
Crash
Direction
NoBo
Start Time
Mid Feb.
Approach Trail
No.

Hope to finish on July,12th
My 60th birthday.

LeeAllure
04-21-2011, 01:19
Trail Name LeeAllure
Direction SOBO
Estimated Start Date May 15th, or as soon as Katahdin opens
Approach Trail - yes or no Yes

Really excited to head south, and to have the occasional friend/family join me for part of the journey!

Six-Six
04-22-2011, 11:22
Probably 2012 assuming my job retires me as expected.

I'm Six-Six (damn....how tall are you?)
NOBO
April 1st (give or take)
Probably the Approach

Extra: Hammock
Getting more and more excited about thru-hiking, getting less and less excited about working. Guess it's time, isn't it? :)

Z

R00K
04-22-2011, 14:17
Trail Name: Rook - Unless otherwise named...
Direction: North Bound, Possible flip-flop.
Estimated Start Date: Early April
Approach Trail: Can't decide. I say maybe, my buddy says no. Probably no.

You will find me in my hammock or playing my backpacker (if I haven't eaten it).

Twodirtyfeet
04-24-2011, 19:48
Trail Name: Bojangles
NOBO
approach: probably not
March 9th or 10th

Hiked from springer to harpers ferry in 09.
Greatly looking forward to it. spending the first part of the year(jan & feb) hiking in patagonia so it will be a great set of adventures

Sunshine0202
04-25-2011, 20:19
Trail Name: Sunshine
Direction: NOBO (possible flip-flop)
Estimated Start Date: April 20
Approach Trail: Probably not

pyroman9
04-26-2011, 20:46
Trail Name: To be determined!
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: mid MARCH some time
Approach Trail: sure why the heck not!

Just got on here, my first post, been doing a ton of research on the AT, cant wait to get out there!

well now i find out the secret to editing.... o well :) better late then never!

Myakka Mules
04-26-2011, 21:10
Trail name: Myakka Mules (Bob and Suzie)
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: March 15th
Approach Trail: No (been there, done that)

Looking forward to meeting some lifelong friends out there...

swamprat
04-26-2011, 21:46
Trail Name: SwampRat
Direction: NoBo
Start Date: Mid March
Approach Trail: Yes

pyroman9
04-26-2011, 22:05
Well since I have not found out how to edit a post.... (newbie here as stated)

Lets correct this date...
Trail Name: To be determined!
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: mid MARCH some time
Approach Trail: sure why the heck not!

Just got on here, my first post, been doing a ton of research on the AT, cant wait to get out there!

yotarunner77
04-27-2011, 01:46
Trail Name Bonehead
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date March 1, 2012
Approach Trail - yes or no Yes, why not?


Can't wait to see you on the trail! Good luck to all of us involved.

Im planning leaving the same day....hope to see you then

yotarunner77
04-27-2011, 01:55
Trail name: the trail will make me one
Direction: nobo
Start time: March 1st (depending on weather)
Approach trail: sure why not, what's a few more miles

yotarunner77
04-27-2011, 01:55
Trail name: the trail will make me one
Direction: nobo
Start time: March 1st (depending on weather)
Approach trail: sure why not, what's a few more miles

Walkintom
04-27-2011, 22:33
Trail Name: none yet
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 21ish
Approach trail: of course

Anything else: hiking together with my wife, and really looking forward to 2012. Oh yeah, we are also from FL

TrailNoob
04-30-2011, 14:45
My husband and I are planning a 2012 NOBO thru. We don't have trail names and have never ever done anything like this before. We are taking this year 2011 to get some miles under our belts and get in shape. Coming from North Dakota I have no xp with mountains so the AT will be the MOST challenging thing I have ever done in my life. Excitement can't even begin to describe how I am feeling right now. Only 11 months! Hoping to meet a lot of good people and learn what I am capable of. :sun

The_Truth
04-30-2011, 16:14
This is where we throw our packs over the fence?

Trail name: start with 'Truth' and see what happens.
Direction: SOBO
Est Start Date: June 1st or so.
Approach: Not sure
Other: Trying to get my nephew who will be graduating high school to come along but he seems tied up with making loot and playing the game. Also working on a close friend who suffers from a severe fear of heights. Odds are I'll be solo hiking. Name is from a Thoreau quote: "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."

Mockingbird
05-01-2011, 16:21
Trail Name: Mockingbird
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 01
Approach Trail: Yes

New trail name Mockingbird.

Tennessee Y'sGuy
05-02-2011, 00:21
Trail Name - Have not picked one yet
NOBO
Start Date - April Fools Day(appropriate)
Approach Trail - no

Retiring after 36 years of FUN work. Can't wait to get started, been planning and doing 40 mile hikes each year for the past 4 years - see ya all out there!

Sears
05-02-2011, 00:45
Trail Name TBD
NOBO
March 1
No Approach Trail
Goal is 145 days to summit K; looking forward to meeting you all, out in the green.

yotarunner77
05-04-2011, 15:01
Trail name: the trail will make me one
Direction: nobo
Start time: March 1st (depending on weather)
Approach trail: sure why not, what's a few more miles

New trail name: Fussgaenger (Pennsylvania Dutch for walkers or weekend walkers) pronounced like: foos-gang-a

Switchback2012
05-06-2011, 21:49
Trail Name: Switchback
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 14
Approach Trail - Haven't decided yet. I've section hiked most of GA already and a part of me wants to start at Springer because I want a true thru-hike. On the other hand, I'm a strong believer in hike your own hike and there are a couple of sections of GA - I really would prefer NOT to hike again. But I have a while before I make that decision!

stars in her eyes
05-06-2011, 23:03
Trail Name: Shutterbug
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April, first week or so
Approach Trail: Yes
any additional info that you want the world to know: Hammock hanger here! Can't wait to hit the trail! :banana

Edvvard
05-07-2011, 20:02
Trail Name: Bert & Cait
Direction: Northbound
Estimated Start Date: We are planning for Mid March I'm thinking...

This is basically going to be considered our honeymoon if we can afford it next year. If not, there is always 2013!

tolkien
05-08-2011, 19:11
Trail Name: Clay
Direction: Southbound
Start Time: ~ June 25th
Approach Trail: I guess not
Other: Hiking alone, no mail drops, no stays at the Hilton. No slackpacking for me.

tolkien
05-08-2011, 19:17
Trail Name: Clay
Direction: Southbound
Start Time: ~ June 25th
Approach Trail: Possibly
Other: Hiking alone, no mail drops, no stays at the Hilton. No slackpacking for me.
Had to look up what an approach trail is. Changing that to a "possibly".

wahoowa
05-09-2011, 20:10
Trail Name: Birdman
Direction: Leaning SoBo
Start: June 10ish
Approach: Yes

Other than having to finish college would have loved starting in April with everyone else. Now I get to finish where my family lives hopefully just before Thanksgiving.

strollingalong
05-09-2011, 21:08
300 days and countin!

dbs1crew
05-10-2011, 10:42
Trail Name: dbs1crew
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date: mid June / beginning July

slims
05-10-2011, 19:20
Trail Name: Don't have one yet
Direction: North Bound
Estimated Start Date: Mid-March
Approach Trail: Yes

My situation is a little different since I'll be coming from another country (Barbados) to do the hike. I was already planning to move to America next year since I am a naturalized U.S. Citizen so the thru-hike will be done before I start settling in.

dandandan
05-12-2011, 18:41
Trail name: Dan

Direction: NoBo

Start date: march 1st

Approach trail: yep

Good luck everyone, see ya in under 10 months

Brup Bup
05-12-2011, 21:21
trail name - tbd (on trail)
direction - nobo
start date - early April
approach trail - tbd

been planning for a few months now...
Never been on a hike longer than 160 miles
Never seen the N.E. states
Never been so excited !
:jump

Capwell
05-12-2011, 22:51
still need one.
nobo.
early march.
more than likely.

i've always wanted to do this and there no better time than the present, well near future. but i want to test myself and meet some interesting people along the way.

jalansdale
05-14-2011, 17:51
Trail Name: TBD
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: April 15
Approch Trail: NO

Hiking for Charity!! (http://www.backpacksforpineridge.com)

Stats 2012
05-15-2011, 01:26
"Stats" (an old moniker)
NOBO
March 13
Will not take the approach trail, but have hiked it a number of times.

My sabbatical is up September 1, so I must be off before then. Been training for this for 1.5 years and have lost 65 pounds so far. 15 more to go. I'm in decent hiking shape but I have virtually no cartilage in my left knee and I am concerned that I won't put in the daily miles to make it.

I'm getting excited -- only 10 more months!

Carol A.
05-15-2011, 08:44
Trail Name: PineCone
Start date: March 15
Approach trail: Yes :)
Going North

Can't wait to be on the trail. 4 years in the planning and it is finally down to a countdown. SeeYa on the trail.

twsmith001
05-16-2011, 19:37
trail name: depends on the day
start date:mid march to earlie april
approach trail: whats that??? you mean i got to take a trail to get to the trail....wouldnt that just be part of the trail then????
NoBo just like everyone one else
other: super secret stealth hammock camper....who has a lousy sense of humor if you couldnt tell already

Phanner
05-16-2011, 23:36
Trail Name: ?
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date: May 15
Approach Trail - maybe so maybe not

Cali Swag
05-18-2011, 04:05
Trail name: None yet
Direction: NOBO
Start date: somewhere between march 15 and april 1
Approach trail: Why not

Lets get this rollin!!

Logtown
05-21-2011, 15:02
Trail Name: TBD

Direction: NOBO

Estimated Start Date: March 18, 2012

Approach Trail: undecided

Husband and I hiked from Springer to Erwin in 1987. Had to come off the trail for financial reasons. Have always wanted to do thru-hike. Doing several hikes this year to prepare our older bodies! Can't wait.

jsdamon
05-22-2011, 21:53
Trail Name: tbd
Direction: nobo
Start date: March 15
Approach trail: nope.

anyone that is going the same time i guess i'll see you there. i'll be going alone so the more people i meet the better. good luck everyone!

World-Wide
05-23-2011, 01:36
Trail Name: World-Wide
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Last week of February or 1st week of March
Approach Trail: Yes
Looking forward to meeting folks out on the trail!! W-W

its_all_good
05-25-2011, 00:04
Trail Name: My girlfriend and I can't say we know just yet
Direction:NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 15 give or take a few days (depends on when the ski resort closes)
Approach Trail - yes (as of now)

After lots of talk my girlfriend said to stop talking and start planning...so here we are...also we're looking into the world of hammock camping and would appreciate any info that might help out a couple of hammock newbies :-?

Silverstone
05-25-2011, 00:21
Trail Name: Silverstone

Northbound and down

Departure Date: TBD, but looking like mid-March

Approach Trail: TBD, but my dad is dropping me off, so I might have him wait in the Springer parking lot with my gear and do the .9 mile backtrack to the sign. Would get a chuckle out of slackpacking the first mile.

ashleyspoons
05-25-2011, 11:10
Trail Name-To be decided...
Direction: SoBo!
Estimated Start Date: June 13, 2012

From New Hampshire-hiked the AT in New England since I was a little girl.

I'll be 23 in August-itt's time for me to live my dream and be in the woods for 6 months! :sun

Can't wait to cross paths with you!

ashleyspoons
05-25-2011, 11:12
Trail Name: Birdman
Direction: Leaning SoBo
Start: June 10ish
Approach: Yes

Other than having to finish college would have loved starting in April with everyone else. Now I get to finish where my family lives hopefully just before Thanksgiving.


Starting 3 days after you! hope to see you in the Whites somewhere!

SETX_Mason
05-25-2011, 17:24
I have no trail name yet
GA-ME
march?
Approach Trail - yes

not quite a beginer since i've hiked Philmont 2wice and going back agian this july, but then how can you say your expirenced if you haven't any hikes over 100miles yet

Machine Gun Joe
05-26-2011, 09:17
not named yet
NoBo
I'm thinking April 3rd, as I am released from active duty on the 2nd.
Never been to Amicalola, but I'm a traditionalist, will likely do the approach.

Currently in Afghanistan, tired of military life after 9 years, want to spend time in the outdoors and actually be able to 'enjoy it.' Finally registered and have been telling many people this is my goal, hopefully this will push me past dreaming to actually getting on the trail. I'm really excited about this, and have not been this excited about anything in a long time.

Good Luck to all !

RETCW4
05-27-2011, 12:54
Joe,

Thank you for your service. My daughter's there and I was in Iraq 05/06. I'll be doin a thru next March-April time. Hope to see you there.

Tumbleweed

SpecialK
05-27-2011, 18:10
Trail Name Special K
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date Mid March
Approach Trail - yes or no NO WAY!

Scratch
05-27-2011, 18:21
Name: Kat
Trail name: Currently, Ninja but willing to accept change
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start: first week in March
Approach Trail: NO

Need hiking buddies to start with so my parents don't freak.

Silverstone
05-27-2011, 21:10
Hey Scratch--

My dad lives up the road in Buford, and he'll be dropping me off at Springer when I go (I'm shooting for March 15 or so).

Probably wouldn't be a good parent-approved trail buddy though--44 yr. old dude. Hope to see you out there!

Silverstone

Stats 2012
05-27-2011, 22:22
not named yet
NoBo
I'm thinking April 3rd, as I am released from active duty on the 2nd.
Never been to Amicalola, but I'm a traditionalist, will likely do the approach.


Hey Joe, be safe over there. You'll start a month after me but I am sure you will be in much better shape than me. Perhaps you'll pass me. If not, good luck to ya!
chris

Sierra Echo
05-27-2011, 22:23
Hey Scratch--

My dad lives up the road in Buford, and he'll be dropping me off at Springer when I go (I'm shooting for March 15 or so).

Probably wouldn't be a good parent-approved trail buddy though--44 yr. old dude. Hope to see you out there!

Silverstone

All the cool people live in Buford!

slimjim414
05-28-2011, 02:25
Trail Name: Don't quite have one yet...
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Tentatively March 3
Approch Trail: Yee-uh!

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

Handschin
05-28-2011, 20:09
The countdown has started!

Trail Name: I do not have one...yet ;)
NoBo
Start Date 20 Feb 2012
No approach trail
Hammock Camper

See ya on the trail!


I know have a trail name, thanks to the guys I work with. It is Colonel Kurtz. Time until Monday, February 20, 2012 at 9:00:00 AM (Philadelphia time)



267 Days
6,421 Hours
385,314 Minutes
23118838 Seconds

But hey no one is counting :rolleyes:

Get your own countdown timer at http://www.timeanddate.com/ its free!

World-Wide
05-28-2011, 23:24
All the cool people live in Buford!

Nope, they're currently in Macon! :)

deadair
05-29-2011, 11:57
Trail Name: Dont have one yet
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Mid-late Feb
Approach Trail: nope, already tackled that beast in 07

fadeleaf
05-30-2011, 01:00
Trail Name: TBD
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 1
Approach Trail: Yes

Since returning from my SOBO thru last year, times of rest are no longer satisfying, my food doesn't taste as good, and luxuries are starting to feel like necessities. That is why I must go back...to fix myself.

strollingalong
05-30-2011, 19:59
Not sure of my name.
NOBO
March 10th at earliest
approach yep

Gonna hammock it.

flame
05-30-2011, 22:30
Trail Name - ?
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - mid-March
Approach Trail - no (I have already had that pleasure!)
Go two-twelvers!

cavedelasell
05-31-2011, 13:44
trial name : Einstein
start date: June 13th 2012
SOBO
approach is on

ashleyspoons
05-31-2011, 13:50
Trail Name: TBD
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 1
Approach Trail: Yes

Since returning from my SOBO thru last year, times of rest are no longer satisfying, my food doesn't taste as good, and luxuries are starting to feel like necessities. That is why I must go back...to fix myself.




i love this.

Oak88
05-31-2011, 14:20
Trail Name: OAK
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 15-April 1st 2012
Approach Trail - maybe
Retiring soon and looking forward to the Journey Woo Hoo!

RETCW4
05-31-2011, 19:54
Trail Name - Bill & Mary (Trail names TBD)
Direction - NoBo
Estimated Start Date -19 Mar
Approach Trail - Yes

Does this go into my permanent record?!
I'll be right in front of you. Starting 15 MAR.

Tumbleweed

RETCW4
05-31-2011, 19:55
Trail Name: Maybe I'll earn one during my Thru Hike

Direction: NOBO

Estimated Start Date: March 15, 2012

Approch Trail: Yes

Time to stop DREAMING and DO IT, if I can jump out of a perfectly good airplane at 64 I can Thru Hike the AT at 68.

See you on the trail
See you there Gramps.

Tumbleweed

MarkyMark
06-01-2011, 21:26
Trail Name: Don't have one, but hopefully I'll earn one on the trail!
Direction: South Bound
Estimated Start Date: Middle of June
Approach Trail - yes!

SETX_Mason
06-02-2011, 17:40
Trail Name: Don't have one, but hopefully I'll earn one on the trail!
Direction: South Bound
Estimated Start Date: Middle of June
Approach Trail - yes!

Cool beans some one actually younger than me will be hiking :banana

ashleyspoons
06-03-2011, 11:28
Cool beans some one actually younger than me will be hiking :banana


see you guys there, i'm starting june 13!

yotarunner77
06-04-2011, 06:09
Name: Kat
Trail name: Currently, Ninja but willing to accept change
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start: first week in March
Approach Trail: NO

Need hiking buddies to start with so my parents don't freak.

Well I'm also starting the first week in march....and my rents are freaking also...so we both have each other covered now....hope to see you out there

Fussganger aka Foos

One
06-05-2011, 14:41
NOBO
Trail Name: One
Start Date: Thursday April 12th 2012 at Springer
Approach Trail: Absolutely! (Wednesday April 11th)

Starting a little bit later than initially planned.
I hope this will reduce chances of being snowed in, also may help (somewhat) lighten my cold weather gear.

:banana

strollingalong
06-06-2011, 15:52
Not sure of my name.
NOBO
March 10th at earliest
approach yep

Gonna hammock it.

Got a pretty definite 20th date now.

lori_nurse
06-07-2011, 23:27
Trail name: None yet :-)
NOBO
Start date March 15th-Apr 1st, depends on the groundhog shadow :D
No approach trail..done it already, I just want to get started!

*Looking for hiking companions

johnboy92
06-08-2011, 09:04
Trail name: i don't have one yet
NOBO
sometime march
might as well

Last year i didnt get to hike cause of not having enough money :/ but its gonna happen in 2012!!

Baby Girl
06-08-2011, 19:58
Trail Name: Baby Girl
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 15
Approach Trail - probably not
I plan to do a slightly faster, but not a speed, thru hike. Will be planning to finish the hike on July 4th.

Can't wait!

Baby Girl
06-08-2011, 20:06
anyone interested in keeping up with me, my start and finish date are final (for reasons I'll gladly explain), hit me up via PM.

pdcollins6092
06-10-2011, 15:01
Trail Name: Skunk Ape
NoBo
Start Date March 1st. 2012
Approach trail: Yes
Hammock Camper

lori_nurse
06-10-2011, 17:32
NOBO
Trail Name: One
Start Date: Thursday April 12th 2012 at Springer
Approach Trail: Absolutely! (Wednesday April 11th)

Starting a little bit later than initially planned.
I hope this will reduce chances of being snowed in, also may help (somewhat) lighten my cold weather gear.

:banana


Good to hear I'm not the only one who doesn't want to waste days on being snowed in! Also, I hate being cold! Maybe we will run into each other at some point.

lori554
06-11-2011, 15:00
For the paranoid conspiracy theorists this will be known as "The year of the last thru hike" SOBOs better not dilly dally.
Why is it supposed to be 'last thru hike?'

pdcollins6092
06-11-2011, 15:12
Why is it supposed to be 'last thru hike?'

According to the Myan Calendar, the Hopie Indians and a couple others the world is said to end 12/21/2012.

RocDoc82
06-11-2011, 23:44
Trail Name:*not*honored*with*one*yet*:(
Direction:*NOBO
Estimated Start Date:*April*fools*day
Approach Trail - ehh*why*not
1.*I*am*silent*but*deadly*;)
2.*this*will*be*my*first*thru-hike
3.*I*talk*in*my*sleep

pyroman9
06-13-2011, 06:35
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I seam to have possibly acquired my trail name!

Trail Name: Fozzie Bear (Fozzie, for short)
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: mid MARCH some time
Approach Trail: sure why the heck not!

Reason:
For the past few years wherever I have hiked I have carried my rubber chicken, henry, with me. He has hiked all over the world and done all sorts of crazy things. It is a great conversation piece and I always get great looks, and henry likes adventures. So this past weekend we were hiking the presidential range in NH and someone came over to me and called me Fozzie and explained why. Very fitting! for those who may not know fozzie bear is a muppet who apparently carries a rubber chicken all over with him.

Serial 07
06-13-2011, 09:49
ahh 2012...can't wait!

slambellina
06-13-2011, 13:55
Trail Name: TBD..or maybe not. I already have a derby name, too many nicknames might give me an identity crisis..
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Not definite yet..probably somewhere from mid-March to mid-April
Approach Trail: Yessir
I'm probably going to bring my dog..

TheRaven
06-14-2011, 07:25
Trailname: The Raven
Direction: SOBO
Date: 3rd-4th week in June
Going with my wife and 2 Cairns
Approach trail: Yup

Reason: Escape and Socialtal detox

Aquaman12
06-15-2011, 07:44
Trail name: I'll be initiated on my thru
direction: NOBO
estimated start: begining of April
approach trail: yes
my soon-to-be wife and I are doing this together

kmull
06-17-2011, 15:12
Trail Name: I am not sure yet
Direction: SOBO
Estimated Start Date: late June or early July

i may have a friend coming with me :) either way, i can't wait! i will start after i graduate in the spring of 2012.

Silverbak
06-17-2011, 15:41
Trailname: Silverbak (you'll understand when ya see me without a shirt)
Direction: GA-ME
Start Date: Mid March to Early April
Approach trail: Definitely, Ya always have to walk to the starting line.

This trail has been calling me for years. I'm not getting any younger and really have nothing holding me back. So I'm going to go for it. Saw several NOBO's from Florida, maybe we can hook up. e-mail me. [email protected]

Good luck AT Class of 2012. See ya on the AT.

IrishBASTARD
06-21-2011, 04:13
Trail Name: None yet
NoBo
Start Date: March first
Approach Trail- No
Good Luck Everyone!

K-Man
06-22-2011, 15:57
Trail Name: Hungus
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: March 19th
Approach Trail: Yes

Hiked NOBO in 2007. Started March 19th and finished Oct 9th. I hope to be done mid September this time around. Been counting down the days since I could start again. This time I am lucky enough to be hiking with my GF...Land-O-Lakes (Mahlon on WB). Glad to see lots of Hammock hangers for 2012, there were not many in 2007. So psyched. See y'all up the trail. www.trailjournals.com/hungus

30 Large
06-27-2011, 19:13
Trail Name: 30 Large
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: March 15-ish
Approach Trail: Yes

See you all there!

AKBOb
06-28-2011, 19:12
Trail Name - Not sure yet
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - Early to mid March
Approach Trail - yes
any additional info that you want the world to know - Will blog about it here - http://akbob-on-the-trail.blogspot.com/

AKBob
www.wrangellphoto.com
Alaska Wildlife Photography

SawnieRobertson
06-28-2011, 20:24
Trail Name: World-Wide
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Last week of February or 1st week of March
Approach Trail: Yes
Looking forward to meeting folks out on the trail!! W-W

World-Wide as in THE World-Wide? All who meet you will be blessed.--Kinnickinic

tomman
06-30-2011, 03:06
Trail Name: Cherokee Tom
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start date: March 1-15
Approach trail: no

I tried to hike the trail in 2007 but had health problems. I started feeling bad the second night on the trail and started running a very high fever. I left the trail to see a doctor and found that I had pneumonia. While I was being treated for Pneumonia they found that my heart was not work very well. This started a long series of test and seeing many different Doctors. They ended up having to do a four way by pass. Then later they had to add a stint and then a pace maker. I seem to be in fairly good shape again. So now I once more have Springer fever. I have start working out with weights. I have also started checking out the new gear to try and lighten my backpack load. I will also start doing some long distant walking. Later when the weather here in Texas cools off I will start hiking with a backpack and testing new gear.

I hope to do much better this time. Is there any one out there that would care to start with me? I plan to start fairly slow and not count miles but hours in the beginning. I know for a while I will be taking a lot of rest breaks until I get my trail legs. Anyone is welcome to hike with me, in fact I would enjoy the company.

Hope to see all of you out there on the trail.

Cherokee Tom
[email protected]

slambellina
06-30-2011, 12:56
Trail Name: TBD..or maybe not. I already have a derby name, too many nicknames might give me an identity crisis.. Direction: NOBO Estimated Start Date: Not definite yet..probably somewhere from mid-March to mid-April Approach Trail: YessirI'm probably going to bring my dog.. April 10 is my definite start date...not bringing the dog after all, but I will be bringing a hammock..

Meriadoc
07-03-2011, 09:11
Trail Name: TBD
Direction: Northbound
Estimated Start Date: Early April
Approach Trail: Likely


Yes, I probably will be doing math problems on the trail. But don't let that concern you, I can keep it quiet. Plus, who doesn't want to know how many steps he or she has taken so far?


Currently hailing from the DC area. Would love to go hiking with other 2012ers.


I am very excited to be setting out in nine months!

hbaum06
07-04-2011, 21:04
Trail Name: Briar or Churchwarden
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Early April
Approach Trail: yes

I will be smoking a churchwarden pipe throughout the hike but i can't decide on Briar (type of wood used to make pipe) or Churchwarden (style of pipe)


Anyone from Texas hiking in 2012? would like to meetup and compare gear/tricks/advice and such.

nathan2
07-04-2011, 22:13
Trail Name: TBD
Direction: Nobo
ESD: April 1-15
Approach: Undecided
Age: 31

My girlfriend and I are in the initial stages of the planning process and are growing very excited. I have already hiked just under 1000 miles on the AT and this will be her first adventure therein. We currently live in Brooklyn and and are both practicing Buddhists. Good luck to all who are undertaking this journey and see some of you in 2012!

-Animal
07-06-2011, 08:01
Trail name: Animal
Start date: Feb 26th
NOBO
Approach trail: Yes

Trying this again… did not make it to the trail earlier this year, family things to do …but I am set on the AT for next year. I will be working with the Maine Trail Crew for the next month or two. Hope to see everyone out there. Good luck.

mreeves
07-10-2011, 00:21
Trail Name - Pace Car
Direction - NOBO
Start Date - Not Sure Yet - Somewhere between March 21 - April 15
Approach Trail - I plan on it
I'm still not sure if I'll be able to get the wife's permission to go, but I'm hoping so.

My trail name is derived from a week long hiking trip when I was in Boy Scouts. About a month or so before we left, during a camping trip, my Senior Patrol Leader took me out during a "friendly" game of volleyball. I sprained my knee and had to wear a brace. So my troop leaders made me the lead guy to dictate the pace for everyone else. I like the name because I'm not in it to win it, I'll just keep the pace.

Mental Bird - I'm not from Florida, originally, but I went to college in St. Augustine. My wife and I both worked for the Mouse in Orlando. My wife's family is from New Smyrna Beach, and my folks retired to Clermont.

DamnYankee
07-11-2011, 23:22
Trail Name - Haven't been named yet
Direction - North Bound
Estimated Start Date - Considering Mid March
Approach Trail - yes
Retired US Army (Soon), looking for some time of my own with out the drudgery of daily Military life ;-)
To Hike or not to Hike, that is the question, my choice, my way, my time! HOOAH

Pollen
07-15-2011, 12:39
Trail Name - Haven't been named yet
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - Feb 29th
Approach Trail - yes

olgaloraine
07-15-2011, 12:58
Trail Name: Olgybear
Direction: Nobo
Estimated Start Date: February 12, 2011
Approach Trail - Yes

I'm all kinds of a crazy girl (bipolar and a recovering food addict, let me know if you are either of those as well!) going after a life-long dream before starting graduate school.

takethisbread
07-16-2011, 11:24
Trail name: Bread or Digger I get called both. Direction: NOBOEst. start date: sometime in February when the forecast looks ok. Approach trail: not again. It looks like I'm gonna be selling my business, so I will be back at it. Instead of piecing it together I want to take my time and do the trail in one whole straight line. I rushed through it before. My goal is to potentially hike it with my luxurious 6 man tent. It would make for some fantastic camp time. Of course finding spots might be horrid. As for my hike plan, it's to have no plan. Having done the trail before I'd like to do things I missed before; aquablaze the Shenandoah , see gulf Hagas, do some fishing, spend an entire day on a warm rock and not care once of miles, or phony goals!Although starting in February is horrible as it was last time, I do want to stay away from the crowds of party seekers. February starters tend to Ne more laid back, older, and strong hikers. I am a strong hiker, steady hiker, and won't have a broken foot this time. I hope it's more fulfilling for sure. See y'all out there!

yelims
07-19-2011, 16:13
Trail Name - Cheese Ball
Direction - SOBO
Estimated Start Date - Last Monday of May
Approach Trail - yes
Plan on going with 2 more friends.

Bloomer
07-22-2011, 14:29
Trail Name: Bloomer
Direction: Nobo
Estimated Start Date: Feb 21
Approach Trail - yes
Looking to do this all over agian. Why? I love it

JenHikes
07-23-2011, 16:26
Trail name: I think I'll have to earn that one :) I don't have one I'd like to stick yet.
Direction: NOBO
Start date: Late March, probably 3-31-12
Approach: Haven't decided yet

I'm really looking forward to the journey and I've been training with lots of long day hikes and a few strenuous overnights. Every time I just wish I had "one more day" in the woods. I'm SO ready!

bikerhiker10
07-24-2011, 08:00
Trail name: don't have one yet
Direction: NOBO
Start date: Mid-May, probably May 19
Approach: might as well

I think I have put up the latest start date I have seen here. I am a college student, thus need to finish up with graduation before I get to move out from school and head to Georgia. I don't get the chance to go hiking or backpacking too much anymore because I race road bikes for the school and I ride every chance I get. I look forward to having a huge escape from society for at least 3 months next year as I head up the trail!

The extent of my training will likely be a weekly run to strengthen my feet and legs to the continual pounding of walking/running. I will be coming off of a 3 month long road racing season nice and tired of cycling, so it should be an excellent opportunity to hike. I am doing this as my last hoorah before getting sucked into the rat race they call work in the US.

ReNew
07-24-2011, 08:59
Trail name: ReNew
Direction: NOBO
Start date: March 3rd
Approach: What's 9 miles?

Three weeks ago I started planning/prepping for "My Hike" which is Seven months away. I hope to be taking my first steps onto The AT from Springer Mountain on March 3rd of 2012. Obviously I will be hiking north. My goal is to reach Mt. Katahdin in one piece(or two) before October of 2012.

Above I mentioned planning, not as in planning my every move on the trail, just gear planning. For example: The pack I plan to carry is 3 lb. and the tent is 3 lb. I will have shaved 7-8 lbs off by switching from my old gear. And Yes i am carrying a "just in case" tent. I refuse to plan the trail part of this hike. I know where the trail starts and I know where the trail ends. I am very excited about the adventures to come. I know this will be a very mentally challenging trek but not knowing what lies ahead, at the top of an up or the bottom of a down, will keep me going. Oh and some trail magic! (Like maybe a bunch of trail angels covering the bills in Denver) JK JK JK!!!

I live in Denver, Colorado and am from St Louis, Missouri. My long distance assistance, "BaseCamp" will be in Kansas City, Missouri.

I will journal as I go through a TrailJournal website (not sure if I can include the site here).

Appy Trails Y'all!! http://www.trailplace.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

usmcpayne
07-25-2011, 08:02
Trail Name: None
NOBO
March-April time frame
Definitely hitting the approach

So far I will be by myself but hopefully get one of my buddies to do it with me.

writeronthestorm
07-25-2011, 21:54
Trail Name: TBD
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: On or about April 1st
Approach Trail: Of course

Gave this a go last year. I was already to rock and then disaster struck about a month before my departure. I re-injured my back and was down for the count. Couldn't even walk without the aid of a cane. Missed nearly 3 months of work... So... after 5 months of Physical Therapy I'm back in action. Definitely not back to 100%, but the doctors say I never will be. Iv'e done a lot of hiking over the summer and my back feels really good for the most part, so I'm confident that I'll be ready to roll come April 1.

CMags
07-29-2011, 11:16
Trail Name: im sure it wont take long
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: April 1stish
Approach Trail: you better believe it


It's official now boys and girls, let the countdown begin!

Texico
07-31-2011, 10:23
Trail Name: Texico
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: March TBD

I'll be taking a leave of absence from the Buford, GA (Mall of Georgia) REI in order to do this thru-hike. After finishing I will (hopefully) transfer to a store back home in Texas. I can't wait to start!

Tammy Petry
08-02-2011, 13:59
Trail Name: Waiting to earn one on the trail
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 01 (not firm as of yet)
Approach Trail: Yes, I will approach the trail. ;) Seriously, yes.
I'm not getting any younger. The time to realize my dreams starts NOW.

Tammy Petry
08-02-2011, 14:32
Trail Name: Button
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 15th March 2012 (could be a day or two earlier)
Approach Trail: Still deciding but leaning towards yes

Any additional info that you want the world to know:

1. I walk slow - so wave as you pass me by
2. I'm from the UK (mostly) so will be oohing and ahhing at big sceneries we don't have over here - feel free to shake you head in dismay at the silly tourist.
3. I don't seem to produce my own body heat, so don't be surprised to see me in a down jacket in the height of summer!

See you on the trail! :)

I'm pretty sure I'll be the one YOU can wave to, as I walk slower than a turtle with a limp.
Hope to see ya out there!!!

Tammy Petry
08-02-2011, 15:30
not named yet
NoBo
I'm thinking April 3rd, as I am released from active duty on the 2nd.
Never been to Amicalola, but I'm a traditionalist, will likely do the approach.

Currently in Afghanistan, tired of military life after 9 years, want to spend time in the outdoors and actually be able to 'enjoy it.' Finally registered and have been telling many people this is my goal, hopefully this will push me past dreaming to actually getting on the trail. I'm really excited about this, and have not been this excited about anything in a long time.

Good Luck to all !

Hi Joe! Hope to see you out there next spring!! Thank you for your service. I am a Marine Corps brat and both my parents are from Kanawha County WV. I'm from Waynesboro area VA so I can't wait to get to SNP. Even though I'm leaving Springer earlier (March 01) I'm sure you will pass me eventually bwahahaha. Stay safe and see ya at Springer 2012!
T.

Tammy Petry
08-02-2011, 15:36
Name: Kat
Trail name: Currently, Ninja but willing to accept change
Direction: NOBO
Estimated start: first week in March
Approach Trail: NO

Need hiking buddies to start with so my parents don't freak.

Hey Scratch~
I'd be more than happy to start out with ya, 40 y/o female here, but I'm never done anything like this before. I have a few miles and some cool places in SNP VA to my name but that's about it. Eager to learn but gonna pace myself. I'm completely sure you will pass me on day 2 -- if not sooner! Anyway, feel free to add me to your friends if it makes your parents happier :D Hope to see ya up there either way! 2012 whoo hoo!!!!!

Tammy Petry
08-02-2011, 15:42
The duration is 210 days, 17 hours, 20 minutes and 45 seconds
Or 6 months, 26 days, 17 hours, 20 minutes, 45 seconds

Thanks Handschin for the cool countdownerthingy! I think I will aim for LeapDay Feb 29 instead of Mar 01. Sounds cooler hahaha.

Tammy Petry
08-03-2011, 00:01
So far it looks like I will have a ride all the way to Springer. If I see anybody on Feb 29/Mar 01 I will pick you up for free. Smoke grey Toyota Scion hatchback. (small but efficient).

HiKen2011
08-03-2011, 00:17
So far it looks like I will have a ride all the way to Springer. If I see anybody on Feb 29/Mar 01 I will pick you up for free. Smoke grey Toyota Scion hatchback. (small but efficient).

Looks as though you're all set! Good luck

Entropy2012
08-04-2011, 16:14
Got my exam results back and made it into uni!

That's the last of the barriers broken through; AT here I come! :D

spokes890
08-05-2011, 19:48
Trail Name- No trail name yet but I'm hoping one will be conjured up for me on the trail by other hikers :)
Direction- NOBO
ESD- I would like to start on my 23rd birthday, March 8th.
Approach Trail- Yeah, why not?

Get it, get it, get it!

Username
08-06-2011, 10:45
No trailname yet
NOBO March 20th
yes approach
hammocking

One Step
08-06-2011, 18:18
Trail Name - One Step
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - March 15

I've been traveling on a sailboat for the last 3 years and I think that it's time to try something a bit bigger. I've been thinking about the trail for the last 30 years and 2012 seems like a good year to try it.

rjhouser
08-06-2011, 20:06
No trail name yet
NOBO
May 7 (or as soon as I can get done with my college exams)
Graduating and planning on going solo, wish I was leaving with the crowds because I love to meet other hikers on the trail.
If you're leaving around then let me know!

bootes
08-08-2011, 20:44
TRAIL NAME bootes
Direstion nobo and so far going solo
DATE march 1
Approach yes






hiker by day star gazer by night

bopescu
08-08-2011, 21:42
I'm sharing this account with my roommate, we'll be thru-hiking together next season

Trail Names: none yet
Direction: NOBO
Est Start Date: Around May 1st, depends how long it takes to get our acts together after finals
Approach Trail: Yes

Fog Horn
08-09-2011, 09:55
Well if my clearance goes through in the next couple of weeks (and it should), it looks like I'll be deploying one last time.

Please scratch my name off the list for 2012, I'll be out there bright and early in 2013 :D:)

LDog
08-09-2011, 14:24
Well if my clearance goes through in the next couple of weeks (and it should), it looks like I'll be deploying one last time.

Awwww..

--
May just grab my pack and head for the mountains ...

yotarunner77
08-09-2011, 22:29
Change to trail name: DieselIt was given to me by a fellow maintainer and thru hiker from the Susquahanna Appalachian Trail Club.....thanks Tom.

Kalell
08-09-2011, 22:36
This is pure.

Kalell
08-09-2011, 22:50
starting late February or early March

darkage
08-10-2011, 20:13
Couldn't see if i replied to this post or not, so here it goes ...

Trail Name - darkage
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - March 15 (Seen alot of people leaving on this date, i might try for more of a late april) Picked the 15th for trail days ...

I've been a long section hiker for the last 4-5 years, hiking previously on day trips and general camping. I just spend 3 weeks in south california doing some backpacking getting ready for 2012 ... I'm bout as ready i can get without just packing and heading out right now ... won't be long, soon enough. Look for my brother and I as well as a 90% chance you'll see us with my dog koa ... Still up in the air on that, not cause of the dog .. but my needs for services along the way would be handicaped, but my goal is see what i can see but never waste time in towns, hostels are for showers and clothes and move on ... reason i carry a tent, i'm gonna use it the whole trip .. see ya out there!

jansom
08-10-2011, 21:37
Trail Name: None.
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: May 5th, 2012
Approach Trail: Yes

Going as far as I can until one of the following occurs: I finish, school starts up again, or the 2012 alien invasion occurs.

Fog Horn
08-11-2011, 11:07
Trail Name: None.
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: May 5th, 2012
Approach Trail: Yes

Going as far as I can until one of the following occurs: I finish, school starts up again, or the 2012 alien invasion occurs.

Sunday at 8 (or nine, could be nine) the Discovery Channel is showing one of their new series called Curiosity, and the submect matter is an alien invasion and how prepared we would be for it. Seems like a silly topic after their pioneer episode of Stephen Hawking, but hey, you might learn how to survive that alien invasion so you can hike anyway :)

bopescu
08-11-2011, 14:42
Trail Name: None.
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: May 5th, 2012
Approach Trail: Yes

Going as far as I can until one of the following occurs: I finish, school starts up again, or the 2012 alien invasion occurs.

My roommate and I are pretty much in the same boat. we'd like to start as close to May 1st as possible, but it all depends on exam schedules and stuff. Either way we'll see you out there in early May

Old Hiker
08-12-2011, 08:53
Well if my clearance goes through in the next couple of weeks (and it should), it looks like I'll be deploying one last time.

Please scratch my name off the list for 2012, I'll be out there bright and early in 2013 :D:)

Sorry to hear about the delay - good luck on your deployment - has to be disappointing. May one inquire as to where you may be going? :-? Had a TS/SCI, so I know some places are sensitive to discuss.
:eek:
Whatever else, keep your head down, stay safe, and good luck in 2013. :)

JeremieOwens
08-12-2011, 12:57
Trail Name: none yet, but I'll be hiking with Hot Sauce and Easy Turtle.
NOBO
Start date: Last week of February
Approach trail: oh yeah!

I look forward to meeting you thru-hikers that will be starting around the same time. If anyone would like to follow our journey, follow the link in the signature and Like the page. I can't wait!

jansom
08-12-2011, 15:29
A buddy of mine was telling me all the crazy 2012 theories and had me cracking up. He said he was going with the aliens himself but I just laughed. Now that Discovery Channel is weighing in though....:-?


Sunday at 8 (or nine, could be nine) the Discovery Channel is showing one of their new series called Curiosity, and the submect matter is an alien invasion and how prepared we would be for it. Seems like a silly topic after their pioneer episode of Stephen Hawking, but hey, you might learn how to survive that alien invasion so you can hike anyway :)

creekfreek
08-12-2011, 15:45
Turtle Bear
NOBO
Plan to leave from Springer around 26 March.

My Doctor gave me the thumbs up yesterday! Will be starting at Alabama Pinhoti in Mid February on the anniversary of my by-pass surgery. Will then connect with the Benton Mackae and backtrack to springer.

HiKen2011
08-12-2011, 18:03
Turtle Bear
NOBO
Plan to leave from Springer around 26 March.

My Doctor gave me the thumbs up yesterday! Will be starting at Alabama Pinhoti in Mid February on the anniversary of my by-pass surgery. Will then connect with the Benton Mackae and backtrack to springer.

Congrats on a succesful recovery! Have a great time out there.

mountain squid
08-12-2011, 20:03
Just to let everyone know, the spreadsheet (http://www.whiteblaze.net/index.php?page=2012thruhikers) is ready for viewing. So far there are 134 hikers signed up. Let me know if I've made any errors or if I missed you. You can also access the spreadsheet from the homepage: scroll down, left pane under WB Thru-Hikers.

Good Luck and Have Fun everyone!

See you on the trail,
mt squid

how to hike (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?73587-how-to-hike)

Blackhawk2012
08-12-2011, 20:07
Trail Name: Blackhawk
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: 1 March
Approach trail: Yes

Can't wait to see you all out there! Did Katadhin to the Bigelows this year and loved it!!

BenLeaman
08-13-2011, 03:46
Trail Name - none
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - 10 March
Approach Trail - yes

I've been dreaming of this since I was 15, no lie. Now that I am turning the big 3-0 this year, I am going all in with the total support of my family. Lucky...

BenLeaman
08-13-2011, 03:56
I really enjoyed that discovery Channel "Curiousity" with Stephen Hawking! Approximately 30 minutes afterwards, did anyone catch the special with Hawking? Not referring to the roundtable discussion but the hour long special where Hawking went further into his theories? I can not recall the name of that show. It was interesting though.

Sorry to stray off topic


Sunday at 8 (or nine, could be nine) the Discovery Channel is showing one of their new series called Curiosity, and the submect matter is an alien invasion and how prepared we would be for it. Seems like a silly topic after their pioneer episode of Stephen Hawking, but hey, you might learn how to survive that alien invasion so you can hike anyway :)

LDog
08-13-2011, 12:19
Just to let everyone know, the spreadsheet (http://www.whiteblaze.net/index.php?page=2012thruhikers) is ready for viewing. So far there are 134 hikers signed up. Let me know if I've made any errors or if I missed you. You can also access the spreadsheet from the homepage: scroll down, left pane under WB Thru-Hikers.

Thanks for all you do, Chief!

MommaDuck
08-13-2011, 13:31
Ok so...

MommaDuck for now
NOBO
March 25, might do a few weeks sooner between March 3 and 20th birthdays of my kidies

Approach, probably not, we'll see


Don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams!

JybbaGirl
08-14-2011, 21:34
Trail Name: TBD
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Mid-April
Approach Trail - yes or no: No
any additional info that you want the world to know: Will be hiking with my boyfriend & our Weimaraner!

jsdamon
08-15-2011, 02:55
Trail Name: tbd
Direction: nobo
Start date: March 15
Approach trail: nope.

anyone that is going the same time i guess i'll see you there. i'll be going alone so the more people i meet the better. good luck everyone!


i've reconsidered. approach trail it is. i thought, if i'm doing this i'm doing it right, damnit. heh

Feral Nature
08-15-2011, 18:39
Just to let everyone know, the spreadsheet (http://www.whiteblaze.net/index.php?page=2012thruhikers) is ready for viewing.

A really nice job!

wildkitty
08-16-2011, 05:44
leaving NOBO feb 1 approch trail yes

IlliniErin
08-16-2011, 17:02
Trail Name: Maybe...maybe not. Haven't decided. Erin is good for now. :)
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: March 3ish
Approach Trail: Nope

This adventure is my 30th birthday present to myself!

Mr Breeze
08-16-2011, 23:18
Trail Name - Mr Breeze
Direction North
Estimated Start Date - March
Approach Trail - yes

JybbaGirl
08-17-2011, 08:51
Trail Name: Maybe...maybe not. Haven't decided. Erin is good for now. :)
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: March 3ish
Approach Trail: Nope

This adventure is my 30th birthday present to myself!


I'm doing this as a 30th celebration too! And I'm from Chicago :-) Not too many of my friends from back home have even heard of the AT so it's nice to see your post - hope to meet you out there!

Jill

Adrian
08-17-2011, 10:08
Trail Name: I'd love to let my hiking peers name me or have some serendipitous circumstance reveal my name. Otherwise I'll probably go with "Red", "Big Red" or "Age". I'm also considering "One Foot".
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: 1st week in March
Approach Trail - Probably not

IlliniErin
08-17-2011, 19:58
Hope to meet you too Jill!

Swissboy
08-18-2011, 21:17
Trail Name: Don't have one yet
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: Mid-March
Approach Trail: Yes, why not

jalansdale
08-18-2011, 23:30
update: planning to leave April 1 not April 15
jalansdale

Serial 07
08-18-2011, 23:41
Trail Name: Serial Killer!
Direction: NoBo
Estimated Start Date: Mid-April
Approach Trail: yeah, that's a brutal beginning i wouldn't miss...

traildust
08-19-2011, 17:53
Trail Name Traildust and Dovetail with Willy and Lucy the Wonder Dogs
Direction NOBO
Estimated Start Date March 21
Approach Trail - No
Need real estate market to turn around a little so we can sell two properties and hit the trail. We are hopeful.

Winterstar1
08-22-2011, 22:21
Trail Name: Winterstar
Direction: SoBo
Estimated Start Date: Mid-June
Approach Trail: Do what?

darkage
08-23-2011, 00:33
I'm actually shocked how many of you are skipping the approach trail, its 8 miles to the summit of springer ... yet ya'll plan on hiking about 2,200 miles but are skipping the first 8 ? ... lol, sure its nothing really special but seriously ...

Winterstar1
08-23-2011, 06:51
Approach Trail - yes, of course.

Old Hiker
08-23-2011, 07:40
I'm actually shocked how many of you are skipping the approach trail, its 8 miles to the summit of springer ... yet ya'll plan on hiking about 2,200 miles but are skipping the first 8 ? ... lol, sure its nothing really special but seriously ...

Not "officially" part of the White blazes. Me - done it before. Not worried about it, other than it may take me a day to complete, which will throw my "official" start date off by a day or so. I'm determined to start on my Mom's birthday. I might not need that day, but who knows................

darkage
08-23-2011, 15:09
Not "officially" part of the White blazes. Me - done it before. Not worried about it, other than it may take me a day to complete, which will throw my "official" start date off by a day or so. I'm determined to start on my Mom's birthday. I might not need that day, but who knows................

Absolutely, was more or less a comment than a gripe ... i'm a firm believer in HYOH ... i was just surprised at the number of those actually not doing it ... thats all, everyone have a safe and enjoyable hike!

Gramps43
08-23-2011, 20:32
Thank you for Your service Joe. My nephew just retired from the Corps. Hope to see you on the Trail in 2012.

Gramps43
08-23-2011, 20:38
See you on the Trail and thanks for your service Tumbleweed.
Gramps

Carol A.
08-25-2011, 15:22
New plans. Will be leaving from the approach trail March 12.

Beeobee
08-25-2011, 19:03
Trail Name - Goggles Pisano (or what my friends call me WOP) lol
Direction North
Estimated Start Date - March 8
Approach Trail - yes
This will be my first attempt

oddbird
08-25-2011, 23:04
Trail Name: Oddbird<br>Direction: NOBO<br>Estimated start date: Feb.18<br>Approach Trail: TBD<br><br>Well, they say you have to hike your own hike, and this will definitely be my own. I will be hiking gluten free and dairy free, which seems to eliminate a lot of the trail rituals. I guess it will be a paleo walkabout :)<br><br>

jsdamon
08-26-2011, 02:17
Trail Name: Oddbird<br>Direction: NOBO<br>Estimated start date: Feb.18<br>Approach Trail: TBD<br><br>Well, they say you have to hike your own hike, and this will definitely be my own. I will be hiking gluten free and dairy free, which seems to eliminate a lot of the trail rituals. I guess it will be a paleo walkabout :)<br><br>

i'm vegan thus hiking vegan. so i've been contemplating how my diet will effect my hike and my hike will effect my diet. you don't have the "no meat" restriction, but i just wanted to let you know i understand your plight (perhaps more so). hehe good luck! and hopefully i'll see you on the trail.

mtndo
08-27-2011, 10:46
Trail Name None Yet
Direction NOB
Estimated Start Date Mid March
Approach Trail No
Hope My boss doesnt read this before Feb

Busker
08-27-2011, 13:58
Trail name: Patch
Start date: Around the 1st May and heading north

Hope to see some of you people on the way, enjoy.

Approach Trail: yes

IlliniErin
08-27-2011, 14:34
Trail Name None YetDirection NOBEstimated Start Date Mid MarchApproach Trail NoHope My boss doesnt read this before Feb Love this!

coppertex
08-29-2011, 10:52
Trail Name: Puddle
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 18th
Approach Trail: Nope, already did it, don't want to do it again!

Hoping to hike the trail in under 5 months to minimize time away from my family. I would love to hear from any other women that will be hiking solo! :)

Supernovasky
08-29-2011, 12:57
Trail Name: To be determined
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Early March
Approach Trail: Absolutely.

Old Hiker
08-30-2011, 07:10
Trail Name None Yet
Direction NOB
Estimated Start Date Mid March
Approach Trail No
Hope My boss doesnt read this before Feb

Your boss didn't tell you? Your boss is leaving 20 Feb!! :eek: ;)

mattmc89
08-31-2011, 13:59
No trail name yet, so Matt for now
Sobo
Aug. 10th
Went Springer-->Damascus last year. Leaving as soon as I finish my last class and graduate college.

B-Rabbit
08-31-2011, 14:41
Trail Name: To be determined
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date : Early March
Approach Trail - yes or no: Neh

Tundra
08-31-2011, 15:50
Start: January 1st
Direction: NOBO
Trail name: Tundra
Approach trail: No, I did it in 01' when I was part of Hike for Hope 2001 when we completed a modified ECT thru-hike.

Erkal77
09-02-2011, 11:16
Trail Name: Yet to be determined
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Last week of Feb.
Approach Trail - yes
Really excited for this, been planning this for a long time!

shattercat
09-02-2011, 14:46
Shattercat
MEGA
June 1, 2012
Approach: YES
Traveling with my comrade Trill Phil

mattsvensson
09-03-2011, 20:50
Trail Name: Refrad
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: Mid-march (weather dependent)
Approach Trail: Yep

mjham123
09-03-2011, 22:14
Trail Name: Don't have one yet, so Mike for now
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: March 12, 2012
Approach Trail: Yes!

SaraLin
09-04-2011, 11:20
Possible trail names: Fast Poke (if i continue to live up to it); or Mace Face / Boyfriend's possibles: Shutterbug; Threat <---his hacker name which funnily corresponds to the way [most] people around here pronounce the word "hiker"

Estimated Start Date:
Direction:

carpattack
09-04-2011, 11:22
[QUOTE=SaraLin;1196988]Possible trail names: Fast Poke (if i continue to live up to it); or Mace Face / Boyfriend's possibles: Shutterbug; Threat

carpattack
09-04-2011, 11:43
Saralin- what part of ky are you all from?

RWheeler
09-04-2011, 14:09
Trail Name - None yet
Direction - NOBO
Estimated Start Date - ~25 April
Approach Trail - Yes
I can't start until at least late April most likely, which kinda bums me out :(

sweet & sour
09-04-2011, 14:26
Trail Name: Sweet & Sour
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: May 1st

I see a lot of people are leaving in Feb and March. I hope to see some people leaving in May!

Exile
09-04-2011, 14:34
Trail Name: Exile
Direction: Nobo
Estimated Start Date: Between April 18 - May 10 (still working out logistics)
Approach Trail: Yes

Will be traveling with Gamer, who's not a member here yet

sweet & sour
09-04-2011, 15:44
Life is sweet & sour and my personalitly is sweet & sour... It's all about balance :sun
I'm starting to think I might leave mid april or may 1st

bgrimes
09-04-2011, 21:13
Trail Name: Yeayea

Direction: NOBO

Estimated Start Date: The ides of March (aka March 15)

Approach Trail: Maybe

Misc: Starting (if not finishing) with a friend whose trail name will be KangarooT (though he doesn't know it yet).

IrishBASTARD
09-05-2011, 09:01
Roadside
NOBO
Early-Mid March
Maybe
2012 BEST A.T CLASS EVER!!!

donraines85
09-05-2011, 11:17
Trail Name: Gorilla feet

Direction: NOBO

Estimated Start Date: March 5th, 2012

Approach trail: maybe, what's 8 miles when you're looking at over 2,000

Cannot wait to meet and make new friends along the trail. Happy trails everyone...

spycam
09-05-2011, 13:38
right on man,! i live right beside u in jefferson!

spycam
09-05-2011, 13:42
yeah me too! also I got my self a watch.. heh

spycam
09-05-2011, 13:43
fogot the 'reply with quote ' oh well

HLClare714
09-05-2011, 18:19
Trail Name: Humuhumunukunukuapua'a
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: June 23, 2012
Approach Trail: No

Will be hiking with my husband and celebrating our 1 year anniversary on the trail!

theperfectwhittard
09-05-2011, 22:00
Trail Name: I'll let others decide
Direction: NOBO
Start Date: Early March.....maybe earlier if I get impatient
Approach Trail: sure, more fun times

I have nothing to rush back too. Plan on taking my time, no goals, no agendas, no worries. Just hope my knees let me finish!!!

el gran boludo
09-06-2011, 11:41
Trail Name: not too sure, but i'm thinking "la cabra montesa" (it means mountain goat) or maybe my user name "el gran boludo"
Direction: NoBo
Start Date: March 6, 2012!
Approach Trail: more than likely
almost got my mom convinced to do it with me! she's definitely bit by the AT bug

Pancakes
09-06-2011, 16:58
Trail name: Haven't got one yet
NOBO
Start date: March 1- 15, not quite sure on an exact date yet
No approach trail: Probably!

Looking forward to continuing my research here!

tri2swibiru
09-06-2011, 21:19
Trail Name: Kit
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 19th
Approach Trail - No
Hiking with my honey (Buffalo). A little scared but can't wait to make new friends!

darkage
09-07-2011, 03:53
Trail Name: Kit
Direction: NOBO
Estimated Start Date: March 19th
Approach Trail - No
Hiking with my honey (Buffalo). A little scared but can't wait to make new friends!

Nothing to be scared of, its only walking ... over rocks/roots and dirt ... mind over matter ... if you don't mind, it don't matter. We are starting just a few days before you guys, prolly see ya's somewhere along the way ... good luck!