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    Default I finished the AT after 25 years

    A quarter of a century ago I day-hiked the AT-BMT loops from Springer to Long Creek Falls and never imagined I would one day finish the trail. Now I have, after a hike from Pawling NY to the Potomac.

    I was an avid day hiker but never did a multinight backpacking trip until after I turned 50. Lightweight gear and research have made all the difference. I now hike thousands of miles a year and have also completed the BMT, CT, FHT, AZT, OCT and most of the PCT. I didn't want to stop walking after completing the AT so now am headed to Pittsburgh on the C&O Towpath and GAP.

    Thank you to all who have helped along the way, especially the hardworking trail maintainers.

    Pictures, tips and comments are on Instagram under luckymanhikes.

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    Yur a lucky man!

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    That's awesome!

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    Wow! Congratulations, and it was good to meet on your journey some years back. Happy trails!
    Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

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    Woooooooooooohoooooooooooo


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    This is serious cool. While thru hikers seem to get all the adoration, you made a 25 year commitment to finish it up. Hats off to you. Let us know how the C&O path works out.
    enemy of unnecessary but innovative trail invention gadgetry

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    Niiiiiiiiice
    Plaid is fast! Ticks suck, literally...
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    Congratulations!!

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    Wonderful. Well earned pride. You are a lucky man!

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    Congratulations!

    For reference - congrats! isn't long enough to be allowed in this forum.

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    You may know that I finished the AT last month after 14 years, so I have a little perspective, and LOTS of appreciation for your accomplishment.

    CONGRATULATIONS, fellow 2,000-miler!

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    Congrats! Hope to get as much as I can done as well!

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    I figure if I can do it, nearly anyone can. I was in just average shape when I started. I have gained so much confidence from backpacking.
    Sarcasm the Elf: I remember meeting you in Georgia years ago! Hope you are well.
    As for the towpath: I am enjoying the scenery and easy strolling, but it has seemed to rain a lot every time I hike or bike it.

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    Congratulations on your long coming achievement.

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    Excellent persistence! I've only done about 300 miles of the AT in 42 years, so I figured I'd step up my game in 2018.

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    Congrats...I hope to hit it hard as soon as my youngest goes off to college! About 7 years and counting!


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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyMan View Post
    A quarter of a century ago I day-hiked the AT-BMT loops from Springer to Long Creek Falls and never imagined I would one day finish the trail. Now I have, after a hike from Pawling NY to the Potomac.

    I was an avid day hiker but never did a multinight backpacking trip until after I turned 50. Lightweight gear and research have made all the difference. I now hike thousands of miles a year and have also completed the BMT, CT, FHT, AZT, OCT and most of the PCT. I didn't want to stop walking after completing the AT so now am headed to Pittsburgh on the C&O Towpath and GAP.

    Thank you to all who have helped along the way, especially the hardworking trail maintainers.

    Pictures, tips and comments are on Instagram under luckymanhikes.
    Congrats!






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    Congratulations. Way to stick to it and get it done! Especially with all those other hikes thrown in!

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    Congrats and thanks for sharing. I'm 300 miles into my goal of finishing by age 50.

    Your post is a reminder that the finish line is out there and can be done!

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    Congrats on completing!
    - Trail name: Thumper

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