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    I contend you will meet some of the best people...

    I contend you will meet some of the best people you will meet in your entire life on an AT thru-hike.

    Well no, it's not Zuckerberg or Bezos or Namath --

    But is is everyday people striving, like...
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    People 70 lbs overweight, people just out of...

    People 70 lbs overweight, people just out of college, people just out of high school, seniors, middle-agers, people tired of the monotony of corporate life, housewives, househusbands, history...
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    One of the many enticing elements of an AT...

    One of the many enticing elements of an AT thru-hike is that it is doable for everyone. You don't have to be an experienced outdoors person (most are certainly not), you don't have to be a skilled...
  4. Datto's Tip 72 for 2017 AT Thru-hikers...

    Datto's Tip 72 for 2017 AT Thru-hikers In-Planning

    This is published early for people who live in extreme climates (Phoenix/Tucson or Minnesota/Canada for example).

    For those who are...
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    One other thing to consider -- you're probably...

    One other thing to consider -- you're probably going to be in trail shape for much of your AT thru-hike and your visitors won't. For an AT thru-hiker (compared to someone just out of an office...
  6. Sorry it's not to your liking. Datto

    Sorry it's not to your liking.


    Datto
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    For those who are upcoming AT thru-hikers, quite...

    For those who are upcoming AT thru-hikers, quite a few of the people who you will meet on the AT have never heard of the Appalachian Trail.

    That was the case for me in Gettysburg, PA -- the women...
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    I really liked Harpers Ferry -- a lot. I was...

    I really liked Harpers Ferry -- a lot. I was there for more than two days and only left when Crash said it might be time for me to head out (Ha, a most pertinent suggestion).

    Almost immediately,...
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    Gordon Ramsay in Harpers Ferry

    Even though it's a reality TV show, I enjoy Gordon Ramsay as his usual unrepentant opinionated chef. Someone who's done it.

    It's on Hotel Hell. Two part series in Harpers Ferry.

    AT thru-hikers...
  10. Thru-hiker Pain

    Pain.

    I would be fooling you if I told you an AT thru-hike didn't involve dealing with lots of pain. On a daily basis.

    Moment by moment for some.

    I'd arrived at the Fontana Hilton -- a...
  11. An interesting story about that preposterous...

    An interesting story about that preposterous $150.00 expenditure I'd made (mentioned above) that had caused past AT thru-hikers to make fun of me, in jest and with maximum sarcasm, before I'd started...
  12. "Are you car camping?" This from one of the...

    "Are you car camping?"

    This from one of the past AT thru-hikers who was helping me with preparing for my upcoming AT thru-hike.

    I had been taken on as "A Project" by a few past AT...
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    Another thought -- most of the mylar sleeping...

    Another thought -- most of the mylar sleeping bags on the market are very fragile (they're just two of the usual fragile mylar sheets glued together). The mylar sleeping bags that have used from...
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    Also, you can jetison your mylar sleeping bag to...

    Also, you can jetison your mylar sleeping bag to save weight once the temperatures get warm, then later on (say in your southbound Georgia ending) you can get another mylar sleeping bag for the...
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    The other great advantage to using a sealed mylar...

    The other great advantage to using a sealed mylar sleeping bag -- you can dry out your regular sleeping bag if it gets wet just by using the Hot Pocket setup I've described above. All the heat from...
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    My experience has been that mylar blankets/sheets...

    My experience has been that mylar blankets/sheets of mylar will become useless more quickly if you put holes in it.

    When I was doing my prep hikes prior to starting my AT thru-hike, I was usng a...
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    If you decde to go with a 20*F sleeping bag with...

    If you decde to go with a 20*F sleeping bag with man-made fiber used for insulation, then since you're a cold sleeper I would also consder these five items:

    1) Make sure you get a man-made fiber...
  18. Ha, that cracked up three out of four of us (one...

    Ha, that cracked up three out of four of us (one is hard of reading).


    Datto
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    Even though down loses insulating capability when...

    Even though down loses insulating capability when wet and the Appalachian Trail has quite a bit of rain, the reason why so many AT thru-hikers use a down sleeping bag anyhow is because a hiker can...
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    Quite a few long-distance hikers use New Balance...

    Quite a few long-distance hikers use New Balance trail runners/lightweight hiker shoes (New Balance changes their models frequently so what's available today might not be there tomorrow).

    A few...
  21. Now that is funny! Datto

    Now that is funny!


    Datto
  22. Glad I could help. Hope you have as much fun on...

    Glad I could help. Hope you have as much fun on your thru-hike as I did on mine.


    Datto
  23. Lone Wolf -- I talked with a long-distance hiker...

    Lone Wolf -- I talked with a long-distance hiker yesterday to ask if she would come to Whiteblaze to assist with a different viewpoint, get involved, pass along her considerable experience and...
  24. You can't go 24 hours without making this...

    You can't go 24 hours without making this personal again, can you?

    Just so you know, I wrote this up quite a long time ago on Whiteblaze and couldn't find it again so it's here again for the 2017...
  25. Yes. I know about that editing capability (and...

    Yes. I know about that editing capability (and the other handy features). I've been a donating member on WB in the past having first posted relevant information and personalily helping AT hikers on...
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