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    Ooops, I just went through all of the thread and...

    Ooops, I just went through all of the thread and see that you got your leave approved. That's fantastic and a great relief I'm sure. In my case I requested six months leave which was approved. I was...
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    I went through the same thing as you in applying...

    I went through the same thing as you in applying for extended leave for my AT hike... You need to be honest and upfront and say it is sonething you've wanted to do for a long time, forget the stuff...
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    I did mean the PCT not the CDT, sorry my mistake....

    I did mean the PCT not the CDT, sorry my mistake. Red Beard's videos are still terrific, I hope others enjoy them as much as we do.
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    Red Beard's youtube Hiking Videos

    I apologize if this has already been discussed (I did a search and didn't find it) but are any of you hikers out there watching Red Beard's youtube hiking videos? He's done the AT, the CDT, the...
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    Let me add to my own post... having Robert...

    Let me add to my own post... having Robert Redford Play Bill Bryson on the AT was like having Tom Cruise play Jack Reacher
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    I saw the preview today and wonder why Robert...

    I saw the preview today and wonder why Robert Redford? The only reason I can see is the box office draw. To my mind he is a really bad fit for the role. On the other hand Nick Nolte looks a great fit...
  7. I saw the preview of the movie today and m y...

    I saw the preview of the movie today and m y question has long been why Robert Redford for the Bill Bryson role? The only reason I can see is the box office draw. To my mind he is a really bad fit...
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    I had not one blister on my AT thru hike. I put...

    I had not one blister on my AT thru hike. I put it down to a little luck and this:-

    - Good fitting boots
    - Sock liners and top quality hike socks
    - Clean socks every day. Its a great feeling to...
  9. Thread: treehuggers

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    Yes!!!!!!!

    Yes!!!!!!!
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    Pastor Karen

    I stayed at the hostel in 2002 and on the day I hiked out I got a bad case of shin splints and had to hitch back. Pastor Karen was happy for me to stay there for an extended period and recover...
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    Most Memorable AT Highlights

    I'm sure that you like me have many memorable AT highlights, but have you bothered to put pen to paper? I hiked the AT commencing in 2000 and completing in 2002. As a friend (Boomer 007) was going to...
  12. Thread: Big Dilemma

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    Easy, thank him for offering to accompany you on...

    Easy, thank him for offering to accompany you on your hike then let him know that you are planning a solo hike. Wish him well with a "perhaps we might catch each other from time to time at shelters...
  13. Thread: Shaving?

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    Shaving

    Funny that someone should bring up the topic of shaving legs... in 2002 I shaved my legs before my AT hike (I'm a male!!!). The theory was that I would have a much better chance of spotting deer...
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    Those that studied the profile maps trying to...

    Those that studied the profile maps trying to worry everyone about what was to come the next day, or those that complained about the endless climbs, This is the AT after all!!

    The very few who...
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    No Stove

    In 2002 a young hiker I saw regularly on the trail had no stove... sure he survived OK but on many occasions he didn't look too happy eating his grub while everyone else had nice hot meals.

    A...
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    There was on hiker on my thru hike that annoyed...

    There was on hiker on my thru hike that annoyed everyone... I saw him off and on for about 10 days. His trail name was First Light and he was a retired NY subway driver. First Light was a...
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    Geek, In 2002 I spent the night with you and a...

    Geek, In 2002 I spent the night with you and a number of older ladies in a shelter just south of the Kennebec River crossing. I remember it well as it was very crowded and as you with the guy who...
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    Your Most Memorable Hitch

    What's the most memorable hitch you've had whilst hiking the AT?

    I've had quite a few interesting lifts as I'm sure others have, but my most memorable was at about 8:30am one weekday at Winding...
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    Visa

    You should get the VISA ok. But remember the 6 month limit for one entry period. One Brit who was hiking the same time as me ran over his time and had to return to the UK to get a renewal. They...
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    Coyotes

    A fellow hiker was warning me about Coyotes when he was relating to me how he climbed a tree to avoid coyotes he thought were close by. I laughed at him saying I wouldn't be worried about a few dogs....
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    All dog owners that I came across on the AT who took their dogs into shelters did so without asking if others objected.

    I reckon if dogs had any say in it they wouldn't opt for a thru hike......
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    I've hiked a few of the southern sections of the...

    I've hiked a few of the southern sections of the track also and found it easy when compared to the AT. However, the scenery is very enjoyable, the track conditions are great, as are the shelters.
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    As an Aussie who has also hiked the AT I...

    As an Aussie who has also hiked the AT I recommend that you buy most of your gear in the USA as it is much cheaper and the range of products to select from is huge. I joined REI which also proved...
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    Less Retired Thru Hikers in 2009?

    I was wondering what with the current financial crisis what the impact will be on the number of retired people thru-hiking this year.

    Are you retired and have changed your thru-hike plans this...
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    We have Sugar Gliders (small gliding member of...

    We have Sugar Gliders (small gliding member of the possum family I believe) in Australia. I assume you might have the same over there.
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