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  1. Pleasure to meet you, Frankenstein! Congrats on...

    Pleasure to meet you, Frankenstein! Congrats on your thru-hike! That was a great hostel there in Front Royal and I fondly remember demolishing an in-town McDonalds meal the morning after my stay,...
  2. Thank you! Great to hear from you! I hope the...

    Thank you! Great to hear from you! I hope the rest of your hike went well! You might recognize some of these names--I summitted with Ryan, Six Slash, Shroomer, AZ, and Birdman
  3. I truly believe that the Injinji Sock/Trail...

    I truly believe that the Injinji Sock/Trail Runner combination has effectively made blisters OBSOLETE. Seriously. I never blistered once the entire hike. My hike would have been A LOT different...
  4. I used the "Liner Crew" series, but it looks to...

    I used the "Liner Crew" series, but it looks to me like any toe-sock on their website will do the trick. I think their "Trail 2.0" series looks even better.
  5. Sorry for the confusion. You can really use any...

    Sorry for the confusion. You can really use any sock to wear over the Injinji liner. I think it is important to wear 2 pears of socks because it will preserve the life of the liner sock (reducing...
  6. I used a single pair of nike running shorts the...

    I used a single pair of nike running shorts the whole way. They were great-real durable. I used nike compression shorts as well and never really had an issue with chaffing.
  7. I started out with ALL Merino Wool clothing and...

    I started out with ALL Merino Wool clothing and it lived up to it's billing for the most part-it helped regulate my body temperature depending on the weather, it didn't stink (seriously), and it was...
  8. I have some issues with the soloplex, but one...

    I have some issues with the soloplex, but one thing that was great was that I never really worried about setting up in the rain-the cuben fiber material dries really quickly so if I set it up in a...
  9. 3 pairs-about 730 miles on each pair. Although,...

    3 pairs-about 730 miles on each pair. Although, if I wasn't on a budget, I think my feet would have done better with four pairs. Anything over 500 miles on a pair of trail runners is pushing it in...
  10. Carried 2 2liter Tall Smart water bottles, but...

    Carried 2 2liter Tall Smart water bottles, but never carried more than a liter of water at a time unless I was lazy and just wanted to pick up all 2 liters at once. Water is plentiful on the AT. ...
  11. Gear List: Pack: 60L ULA Catalyst Tent:...

    Gear List:

    Pack: 60L ULA Catalyst
    Tent: Zpacks Hexamid Soloplex
    Sleeping Bag: Feathered Friends UL Down 20 Degree
    Sleeping Pad: Thermarest NeoAir XLite
    Cooking System: Jetboil Soil plus fuel...
  12. There will always be a raging debate in the hiker...

    There will always be a raging debate in the hiker community about what constitutes a "fulfilling" hike. Of course, there is no "right" way to thru-hike. But personally, I feel like I saw way more...
  13. I had heard of Wired while hiking with Lint, but...

    I had heard of Wired while hiking with Lint, but I believe she finished in early August.
  14. Forgot to add-My trail name was Politician

    Forgot to add-My trail name was Politician
  15. Completed My Thru Hike! Thank you Whiteblaze!

    Just wanted to thank everyone here on Whiteblaze for all of the advice as I prepared for my thru-hike this past spring. I benefitted greatly from a couple of "What I Learned" kind of posts and...
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    If you are young and in shape, you can absolutely...

    If you are young and in shape, you can absolutely start in June. Most people who are young that start in March and April start then because they want to party more than they want to actually hike. ...
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    My start date has been moved up to Monday, May...

    My start date has been moved up to Monday, May 5th! Can't wait!
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    Comparing Sections of the AT

    I will begin a NOBO thru hike a week from today. My only hiking experience on the AT is a 4 day section hike of the 100 mile wilderness in Maine last August. I have heard that the much of the trail...
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    I will be starting on May 5th. I think it is the...

    I will be starting on May 5th. I think it is the perfect time to start.
  20. Thanks for the advice. Yeah, I will be...

    Thanks for the advice. Yeah, I will be graduating from the University at the end of the month. I plan to hit the trail running on the morning of May 5th and hope to finish by the first week of...
  21. And wonder why that would not apply accordingly...

    And wonder why that would not apply accordingly to shorts as well. Thanks for the help on this matter!
  22. How so? I ask only because I know many people on...

    How so? I ask only because I know many people on these boards hike in merino wool t-shirts.
  23. Shorts w/merino wool material for thru hike?

    I was perusing the internet looking for a good pair of shorts to wear on my upcoming thru-hike and I cam across the Ibex brand, which is expensive, but I like that is has merino wool material.
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  24. Swimming Holes and Cliff Jumping along the AT

    I am relatively new to Whiteblaze, but I have gotten a ton of help by reading a lot of these threads and cannot thank you guys enough. I love the hiking community. I will be starting my own NOBO...
  25. I have a Feathered Friends UL Down 20 that I just...

    I have a Feathered Friends UL Down 20 that I just bought and plan on using for my upcoming 2014 thru-hike. I havn't had a chance to test it outside yet, but the bag is very comfortable.
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