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    Not planning a thru hike. Once upon a time that...

    Not planning a thru hike. Once upon a time that was a plan, now I'm just interested in enjoying sections when I can. And yes, I'm certainly only thinking of 8-10 mile days to start. I'd like to make...
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    Thinking more specifically about backpacking. I...

    Thinking more specifically about backpacking. I know that on a typical dayhike in the rollercoaster hills of southern Indiana, I used to maintain a pace of about 2.5 mph, including short (pack...
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    Indeed, these are important things to think about...

    Indeed, these are important things to think about and plan for -- and rarely, if ever, addressed in all the books, trail journals, blogs, and YouTube videos about thru hikes. Everyone seems to think...
  4. I'm not a doctor, and I don't play one on...

    I'm not a doctor, and I don't play one on Whiteblaze, and I'm probably not nearly as experienced as others here, but I would urge you to heed their advice. Heartbreaking indeed, but far better than...
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    Thank you both

    Thank you both
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    Rules of Thumb

    Can someone help refresh my memory on a couple of these helpful "rules of thumb"? They ran off from my brain and aren't coming back....

    Hiking Pace: When trying to judge your pace over miles with...
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    Sounds like he exercised sound judgment.

    Sounds like he exercised sound judgment.
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    Recent rains & flooding --?

    I've been reading a few news articles about a lot of flash flooding from recent storm systems in North Carolina and Tennessee...I'm curious to know if these areas are close to the AT (or other...
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    I eat a lot of peanut butter when I'm hiking, and...

    I eat a lot of peanut butter when I'm hiking, and after trying various brands of packets & cups, I just decided to bring the dang jar. Much easier to deal with, and far less waste. I haven't done a...
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    A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on their video...

    A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on their video of their first few days on the trail (back in January.) Just making it to Neel Gap...with a 4yr old...in January...demanded my respect, but I had my...
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    Congratulations! Section hiking the whole trail...

    Congratulations! Section hiking the whole trail takes dedication, discipline, and pbysical stamina that many people underestimate or don't understand. Respect!
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    I hiked from Harper's Ferry south, through SNP to...

    I hiked from Harper's Ferry south, through SNP to Rockfish Gap in the first part of October 2017 -- it was a great hike in every respect. I was in my mid-50's with some fair hiking experience (the...
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    When I first heard about the AT -- that it was a...

    When I first heard about the AT -- that it was a 2100 mile long trail that went from Georgia to Maine (or vice-versa, if you prefer), and that you could, if you wanted to, hike the whole thing in one...
  14. The Approach Trail is on Guthook's...and it's...

    The Approach Trail is on Guthook's...and it's free.
  15. I had something similar happen a few years ago...

    I had something similar happen a few years ago (on an Android.) I un-installed & then re-installed the app... that cleared it up.
  16. A bit too much for...?

    A bit too much for...?
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    That's fantastic -- I'm really happy for you!

    That's fantastic -- I'm really happy for you!
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    Ha! Well thankfully that won't be needed -- the...

    Ha! Well thankfully that won't be needed -- the loft seems to look okay. I guess [hope] I'll find out in February!
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    I'm certain they can help you out, either with...

    I'm certain they can help you out, either with direct assistance or by giving first rate information & advice. When you can, please post what you learn for others -- it seems that a lot of people...
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    There are others more knowledgeable, but I ...

    There are others more knowledgeable, but I wanted to offer what I know -- hopefully it's useful, otherwise I too can benefit from the education others can provide....

    My understanding is that the...
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    Thanks all for your comments. The bag had only...

    Thanks all for your comments. The bag had only been slept in once (trying it once on my deck, so no funky hiker odor, no campfire smoke, etc etc), so I didn't think to wash it. I do know that it was...
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    Is My Down Damaged?

    Discovered the other day that several weeks ago my partner had stuffed away my WM Antelope in it's stuff sack and stored it on a shelf in the garage. I was practically sick to discover this. It has...
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    Well said. Absolutely.

    Well said. Absolutely.
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    I read this with a surprising amount of what I...

    I read this with a surprising amount of what I can only describe as sadness and grief, feeling as though I personally am losing something! But that is only a testament to Laurie. I've never met her...
  25. Wow. Just...wow.

    Wow. Just...wow.
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