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What one thing would you change about your AT thru hike beginning? Planning NOBO mile

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Quote Originally Posted by capehiker View Post
I will start slower next time. There can be a feeling of wanting to go hard at the start. More thru hikers than not will echo the same sentiment. The next time I thru hike, I will script my first 12 days to Franklin, NC like this:

Day 1: Springer to Hawk Mtn Shelter
Day 2: Hawk Mtn to Gooch Mtn Shelter
Day3: Gooch Mtn to Lance Creek Campground
Day 4: Lance Creek to Neel Gap (resupply- camp at Bull Gap 1 mile past)
Day 5: Bull Gap to Low Gap Shelter
Day 6: Low Gap to Rocky Mountain (camp at summit)
Day 7: Rocky Mtn to Deep Gap shelter
Day 8: Deep Gap to Dicks Creek gap (overnight/resupply in Hiawassee)
Day 9: Dicks Creek to Muskrat Creek Shelter (cross GA/NC border)
Day 10: Muskrat Creek to Carter Gap Shelter
Day 11: Carter Gap to Long Branch/or Rock Gap depending on how legs feel (cross 100 mile mark/tough climb up Albert Mtn)
Day 12: Winding Stair Gap (into Franklin for zero and resupply)

In comparison, I did this first section in 8 1/2 days and my body paid for it.
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