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  1. #21
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    Polar bear
    I plan to do almost the same thing. I have terminal leave to use so I am starting at Springer on October 6, hiking North to wherever I get by November 15. Retirement date is February 10, 2023. On or about March 1, I will resume the NOBO hike from wherever I stopped on November 15.
    I'm used to winter hiking so that doesn't concern me as much my preference to avoid crowds and having flexibility in hiking NOBO.

  2. #22
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    Advice from experience: Take into consideration the following: 1: Heavier gear due to winter temperatures which means you must be able to carry more weight. 2: Lack of water sources along the trail. Many water sources are frozen. Many springs do not run in the winter. Be prepared to carry more water further distances or heat icicles to make your own water source.

    You are still considered a thru-hiker if you complete the trail in a year. Please message me with any specific questions you may have. I do possess a wealth of knowledge concerning winter hikes. Most of my hiking has been in winter months which has given me a lot less trail recognition.



  3. #23
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    I was at Liberty Springs Tentsite just below the Franconia Ridge, NH, Father's Day Week-end this year. The NOBO's I spoke to started between 2/22/2022 and late March 2022. They had experienced 5 winters (I believe counting the cold, rainy conditions on Franconia Ridge and the snow waiting for them on Mt. Washington). There was a trickle of NOBO's, who said that the train would be coming in about 2 weeks. I was back at the same location mid-July. Some of the NOBO's had started in late February. There were also Flip Floppers and Section hikers. I believe I was seeing the head of the bubble.

  4. #24
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    what was the weather like in feb? I have done springer to stecoah gap twice now and want to start there and head north around march 15th. plan on only having a quilted blanket and emergency blanket? curious about low temps.

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