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  1. First Post!

    Ha, had to do that.

    Well, sadly I have very little AT experience (will be changing that) and I would live to thru-hike, but I don't know if that will happen any time soon.

    Until then, I content myself with short hikes, usually around my home state of CT, but once or twice a year I do get up to glorious NH and hike up Mt Washington....one of my goal is to get all 48 4000' before I am 48.

    Anyway, right now I am working from home, and looking outside....it ...
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  2. Blue Lichen Head

    Greetings. This is my first AT and I look very much forward to the trip next month. . Any suggestions for newbies?
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  3. 12 April 2010

    12 April 2010, Fontana Hilton
    I was wrong on my journal entry yesterday thinking that my slack pack today was 14 miles, it was 15.1. I started at 7:30 this morning and finished at 1:30 this afternoon. Six hours to cover 15 miles, I impressed myself.

    I ran into Snowman and Escargo just north of Brown Gap Shelter. They said they would be into Fontana tomorrow.

    Most of the day was easy going. I took lots of pictures of flowers. Closer to the end of the day ...
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    2010 thru hike
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  4. 11 April 2010

    11 April 2020, Stecoah Gap
    I decided on doing a short day to stick with Hopper and stay as a group. Hopper had to get to Fontana Dam to get Ben to the dog kennel. Dogs are not allowed in the Smokey Mountains on the AT so Hopper has to kennel Ben until she gets to the northern end of the Smokey Mountains.

    I am going to get taken back to Stecoah Gap in the morning (Monday) and slack pack into Fontana Dam. This will make a 14.0 mile day for me. Then we will head out on Tuesday ...
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  5. 10 April 2010

    10 April 2010, Locust Cove Gap
    Left NOC at 10 this morning and arrived here at 6 pm. This was what I consider my hardest day on the trail to date. Going out of NOC was a uphill climb for a constant 6 miles and this is not an exaggeration.

    We ran into a hiker today named Country. We had heard some stories about him from other hikers and we were a little leery of him so we moved on.

    We ran into Snowman and Escargo who we camping on Cheoah Bald and they ...
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