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    Cool 2021 Thru-Hike Registry

    2020 was a lost year for many hikers, hopefully 2021 will be better. Covid or not, who is hiking next year? (Covid is likely to still be around - be safe.)

    Trail Name
    Direction/Start Location (if other than either terminus)
    Estimated Start Date
    Approach Trail - yes or no
    any additional info that you want the world to know

    I'll compile all the data into a spreadsheet which will be available for viewing in the articles section.

    ATC also has a registration page. Check it out here. ATC's Covid 19 information and updates can be found here.

    Lots of bear activity on the trail in recent years. Take appropriate, responsible actions with your food bag.

    Good Luck, Have Fun and be mindful of Covid!

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid

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    (sigh) Third time's a charm, I hope.First the sale of my house in 2019, then Covid in 2020 prevented me from hitting the trail. 2021 is a new year, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

    Trail name: Bwana
    NOBO
    Planned start date: March 28, 2021
    Approach trail: Yes
    I've been out in Utah getting some trail miles, including Angel's Landing last weekend in Zion. I plan to spend most of January, February and March Southern Arizona to continue getting trail miles. Might section hike part of the AZT or PCT.
    I plan to take it easy for a couple of weeks on the AT, then average 15 miles per day, but that is like sailing, it depends. I'm not adverse to higher mileage days, but I want to enjoy my time on the trail.
    I have my equipment mostly dialed in, my total pack weight is around 18 lbs, without food and water. I'm going to re-visit this in the near future and probably shave a pound or two off this.

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    Pappy

    SOBO as early as possible.

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    Chino
    Northbound starting on Feb 23
    Not doing approach trail (accomplished on my first thru)
    This is my third thru (GAME 2005/2013)
    Starting early because I'm still recovering from near fatal auto accident a year ago

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    Paperclip (Erik) and Michelle
    NOBO from the arch
    Planning on leaving following ATKO (March 8th or so)
    Approach trail: yes

    Paperclip thru hiked in 2015.

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    Hoozurmama
    Flip Flop starting at Harper's Ferry NOBO
    Mid April (depending if the festival is a go)
    Interested in corresponding with anyone else doing same

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    Chickpea and Cheddar
    NOBO
    havenít decided yet on a start date but probably mid March. Will likely start at Amicolola Falls approach trail. We have been saving and planning for 3 years when COVID hit and ruined everything. But on the bright side, itís given us a lot of time to heal some inner wounds. Where we originally wanted to hike the trail to prove it to others, now we want to prove it to ourselves.

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    Tremor
    NOBO
    April 6th or 9th
    Did the approach trail and 300 miles in August and September2020
    resume at Allen Gap
    Hiking with/ and trying to raise awareness for Parkinson's Disease

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    Trail Name: TBD
    NOBO from Amicalola Falls SP
    2/17/2021

    I booked a flight to Atlanta for 2/17, but depending on the coronavirus situation and when I am able to get vaccinated, I could end up heading SOBO or doing a flip flop.

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    Trail name: TBD
    NOBO
    Estimated Start Date: March 27
    Approach Trail: Yes
    I can't wait to immerse myself in the woods and meet the lovely community of hiking folk out there. Excited to see how I will grow throughout my hike!

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    Trail Name: TBD
    NOBO
    Start Date: First week of April
    Approach trail: Yes

    See yah when I see yah

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    Trail Name - TBD
    NOBO
    Start Date - March 1st through 15th depending on weather and if I can wait or not.
    Approach Trail - yes

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    Trail name is TBD
    NOBO
    Estimated start date is March 27-April 1, somewhere in there
    Approach trail: yes
    Finishing up college so I can hike next year, I'll be an official college graduate in 18 days!!! Very excited to finally have time to go outside again! I've wanted to do the AT since about 2015 but got more serious about it 2 years ago. My base weight right now is coming in at 16 pounds, still needs some work though. I hope that we are able to have a fantastic thru hike season, as this year was less than optimal. I'm looking forward to meeting some of y'all and getting my trail name!!

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    I don’t have a trail name yet . I am going to do a flip/flop starting in Harpers ferry north bound and haven’t decided if I am going to flop to Georgia or back to harpers ferry yet ... I thinking I will let the trailer tell me what I will do when I am done in Maine. I will have my dog with me, if she not able to do the whole trail I have a back up for her to be able to go home.
    My start date is April 18.

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    Hey guys, Geo here
    Starting March 13th
    I'm going the approach trail and continuing north
    Can't wait to meet y'all out there, happy trails!

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    Trail Name: TBD though it was suggested "off grid" on my 2019 attempt
    Direction/Start Location NOBO
    Estimated Start Date March 26
    Approach Trail - yes
    We donít stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking.
    - Finis Mitchell


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    Trail Name: Not Yet
    Direction/Start Location: NOBO from Springer Mountain as I did in 2020.
    Estimated Start Date: If most things go according to plan, I will start on february 23. I ready for COVID and winter.
    Approach Trail - I won't do the approach trail but I intend to register at Amicola falls registration desk to pickup my tag (If there is such a thing in 2021, otherwise I will walk with my blue tag of 2020.

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    I leaving April 18 flip flop nobo

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    Where are you starting? I registered to leave the same day from HF.

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    Trail Name: Don't have one yet
    Direction/Start Location: NOBO and considering doing Benton Mackaye to avoid the early bubble and covid until I hit the smokies.
    Estimated Start Date: March 28th! I'm so pumped up to have it registered.
    Approach Trail - Yes, hope my dad can do it with me. The Appalachian trail has been a dream of his for ages.
    any additional info: I'm excited!

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