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    Default Winter AT Thru Hike end early due to weather

    Hiker had good intentions but weather put his thru to an end after 1 week.

    February 2nd AT winter through hike is over.


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    I started watching this this morning. Can anyone explain the issue with another hiker? never got that story
    Trail Miles: 4,077.4 - AT Trips: 70
    AT Map 1: 2004.8
    AT Map 2: 265.0
    Sheltowee Trace Map: 116.0
    BMT Map: 57.7
    Pinhoti Trail Map: 31.5

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    correction: he was on trail for 4 weeks (not one).

    He came upon a hiker at the Fontana Dam shelter...a hiker who said he didn't want to be on camera and didn't like youtubers. He also apparently made unusual/paranoid-sounding statements about people following him and that his demons might make him hurt someone....or something to that effect. Will found this concerning and called law enforcement to report that concern, but that (also apparently) went nowhere (transferred to two or three different jurisdictions, and no action as far as he could tell).

    He also notes in the video posted above that someone sent him a link to the hiker's social media which made Will think that the guy might be holding a grudge for reporting him (to law enforcement, but also to everyone on the internet) and that he was getting back on trail. Will and his family are, probably justifiably, concerned about that (as well as the weather).

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    The two SoBos doing an actual winter thru are still on trail.
    Teej

    "[ATers] represent three percent of our use and about twenty percent of our effort," retired Baxter Park Director Jensen Bissell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justhike View Post
    correction: he was on trail for 4 weeks (not one).

    He came upon a hiker at the Fontana Dam shelter...a hiker who said he didn't want to be on camera and didn't like youtubers. He also apparently made unusual/paranoid-sounding statements about people following him and that his demons might make him hurt someone....or something to that effect. Will found this concerning and called law enforcement to report that concern, but that (also apparently) went nowhere (transferred to two or three different jurisdictions, and no action as far as he could tell).

    He also notes in the video posted above that someone sent him a link to the hiker's social media which made Will think that the guy might be holding a grudge for reporting him (to law enforcement, but also to everyone on the internet) and that he was getting back on trail. Will and his family are, probably justifiably, concerned about that (as well as the weather).
    Between drama and weather it looks like a good time to pull off trail for at least a couple weeks. I wouldn't cancel my whole thru hike bc of a bad apple in the first 200 miles.
    Trail Miles: 4,077.4 - AT Trips: 70
    AT Map 1: 2004.8
    AT Map 2: 265.0
    Sheltowee Trace Map: 116.0
    BMT Map: 57.7
    Pinhoti Trail Map: 31.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJ aka Teej View Post
    The two SoBos doing an actual winter thru are still on trail.
    Do they have any journals or social media accounts? Would love to follow along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linesman View Post
    Do they have any journals or social media accounts? Would love to follow along.
    They are on FB and YouTube. Here is the name of their YouTube channel: Arlette Laan

    They have been amazing to watch!
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    The elevations over 5000 feet in the Smoky mts. got up to 17 inches of snow from that storm a few day ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaper View Post
    The elevations over 5000 feet in the Smoky mts. got up to 17 inches of snow from that storm a few day ago
    Yeah, the Somkies can be rather fickle...
    I've been hiking in January during an unusual warm spell with hi/lo of 60's/40's, and more than a foot of snow can fall on into April.

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