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    Don't do it. You'll hooked for life. lol
    "The difficult can be done immediately, the impossible takes a little longer"

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    Lighter is better than heavier. Hiking poles help the joints. Be an early riser & get the miles in sooner. Don't hike too many miles in the beginning. Work into it. Make sure you & your stuff is protected from water. It will rain a lot. I protected my stuff w/ waterproof roll stuff sacks (bag & clothes), trash compactor pack liner, & pack cover. Nothing that needed to stay dry got wet. Your rain gear will suck. You can't hike in the rain & stay dry. Just embrace it & hike on. Carry less food & do more resupplies (see 1st sentence).

    Check out my 2013 schedule in my signature line. It also shows my resupply locations along the way. I was an in-shape and an experienced backpacker (age 58 @ the start). I took it relatively easy in the beginning & gradually increased my distance as I got my trail legs.

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    Set up your tent fully as fast and efficiently as you can, all gear inside ready to sleep, in pouring rain and stay the night. Get up, put on your wet socks and shoes and walk around for a few hours.
    Pack your bag the same way every time. That way in the dark or if you need something quick, you know right where it is.
    Know what to do in case of an emergency (for yourself or if you run across someone that needs help). Thinking basic first aid type stuff.
    Learn how to eat. You'll be burning crazy calories.
    There's a few off the top of my head.
    - Trail name: Thumper

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