Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Registered User FreshStart's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-09-2015
    Location
    Somerset, NJ
    Age
    33
    Posts
    78

    Default It's almost here! 10 days to go!

    I leave in about 10 days for my nobo end to end. Nerves are getting to me. I'm so excited and have waited forever it seems like, now so close my mind is spinning. Can anyone report as to the bug situation, trail conditions, or recent rain? I'm assuming all of the above . I have my gear sorted out and a basic idea of my resupply points but plan to just figure it out as I go for the most part. Post any info from recent trips, it would be most appreciated. Thanks

  2. #2
    Registered User kestral's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-12-2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Florida
    Posts
    350

    Default

    Mental outlook is everything. On your worst moment remember that I am so envious and am looking forward to my end to end. Right now I'm recovering from a spinal surgery. Best of luck to you!

    sorry I don't have the concrete data you're looking for...

  3. #3
    Registered User FreshStart's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-09-2015
    Location
    Somerset, NJ
    Age
    33
    Posts
    78

    Default

    Hope you have a speedy recovery!

  4. #4

    Default

    Hopefully the worst of the rain is over, but it will take a while for the trail to dry out. The ground is pretty well saturated, so any rain turns the trail back into muck. The bugs and ticks have been really bad this year, so if you have a head net and a bug bivy to hide in, you will be the envy of other hikers. Afternoon or evening thunder storms will be the major risk.
    The AT - It has it's ups and downs...

  5. #5

    Default

    If you haven't already, apply permethrin to everything to help with the ticks and Mosquitos. Have fun and enjoy the journey

  6. #6
    Hiker bigcranky's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-22-2002
    Location
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Age
    57
    Posts
    7,888
    Images
    296

    Default

    +1 on the permethrin, we soak all our outdoor clothing at the beginning of every season. Having had Lyme disease, I can't say as I want to do that again....

    Enjoy the hike. Just going with the flow is the best method, imho. If you have the cash, I can recommend the Inn at Long Trail (of course), and also Nye's in Johnson and the Hyde Away in Waitsfield. Lovely people and places. We found excellent small grocery stores in town, easy hitching, and great local beer
    Ken B
    'Big Cranky'
    Our Long Trail journal

  7. #7
    Rain Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-07-2003
    Location
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Age
    68
    Posts
    6,109
    Images
    620

    Default

    I fly up one week from tomorrow to do AT through Vermont. Starting at Mt. Greylock in MA on the 13th. . But you know that!
    Last edited by Rain Man; 07-04-2017 at 16:31.
    ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: ... Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit..... Numbers 35

    www.MeetUp.com/NashvilleBackpacker

    .

  8. #8
    Registered User FreshStart's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-09-2015
    Location
    Somerset, NJ
    Age
    33
    Posts
    78

    Default

    Ill give you a shout one day this week. We will meet up for sure!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    I fly up one week from tomorrow to do AT through Vermont. Starting at Mt. Greylock in MA on the 13th. . But you know that!

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    03-23-2017
    Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Age
    26
    Posts
    11

    Default

    Good luck and have an amazing time!! T - one month until my start date

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    05-15-2017
    Location
    glens falls, New York
    Posts
    33

    Default

    I like to wear long tan (or other light color) pants. The light color helps you spot ticks. It's not a bad idea to carry a small plastic mirror (Coleman has 'em) with you to to a tick check. It's helps to see into places that your eyes can't and where the sun don't shine.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    07-20-2014
    Location
    Wandering around again
    Age
    56
    Posts
    213

    Default

    I just did the 1st 15 miles plus the pine cobble approach trail. It's muddy but not terrible by no means. No ticks for me but mosquitos showed up frequently. I camped around mile marker 0.4 which was level with nearby water. I had a late start (4:30 pm) and that approach trail was a slow uphill slog for me. My MH bag was too warm.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  12. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    12-04-2009
    Location
    Panama City Beach, FL
    Age
    65
    Posts
    1,800

    Default

    how busy is the trail now? see many NoBo or SoBo thrus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolex View Post
    I just did the 1st 15 miles plus the pine cobble approach trail. It's muddy but not terrible by no means. No ticks for me but mosquitos showed up frequently. I camped around mile marker 0.4 which was level with nearby water. I had a late start (4:30 pm) and that approach trail was a slow uphill slog for me. My MH bag was too warm.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    08-24-2016
    Location
    New York, NY
    Age
    63
    Posts
    2

    Default

    These updates are much appreciated. Thank you!

    I am leaving in about 10 days on a 2-week NOBO. Any info on weather, mud, bugs, shelter use, etc. is much appreciated.

    Did you camp at Sherman Brook campsite or did you stealth camp?
    Quote Originally Posted by Rolex View Post
    I just did the 1st 15 miles plus the pine cobble approach trail. It's muddy but not terrible by no means. No ticks for me but mosquitos showed up frequently. I camped around mile marker 0.4 which was level with nearby water. I had a late start (4:30 pm) and that approach trail was a slow uphill slog for me. My MH bag was too warm.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  14. #14

    Default

    The Pine Cobble trail is a tough way to start. There's more elevation than you expect and isn't necessarily worth saving the extra .3 vs taking the AT route. The entire trail is going to be muddy with the way the weather has been

++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •