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    A change in plans, (my employer's and thus mine), has caused a delay in my 2011 thru hike departure date from mid April to the first of June. Is this too early for a SBO? If so, where is a good starting point for a flip flop?

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    wait til mid-june and go SOBO

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    I am also interested in a SOBO. I was thinking June 1st. What are the advantages/disadvantages to starting June 1st vs June 15th.

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    While I don't know for sure, I have been told that in early June the mud and the flies are horrible, that is one of the main reasons I am waiting until July to start. In my opinion, those days are going to be hard enough in the beginning, I don't want to add the misery of constant mud and being bombed by flies to make us lose our mental momentum.
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    Delta-Dawn

    I too have heard the stories of flies and mud. Have you considered a flip flop? Start in Harpers Ferry in early June NOBO and then return to Harpers Ferry and go SOBO. I am told you will be hiking with early thru NOBO'ers and then catch up with the SOBO hikers after you flip.

    If you are in Marietta, we could arrange transportation to W VA??

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    You can start anywhere from Harper's Ferry to New Jersey on June 1, hit Katahdin, then flip south. The main advantage that I see to this plan is that you get to finish twice -- once in Maine, and once again in Georgia.
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    I did entertain the thought of a flip-flop, but only briefly. I just like the idea of starting there and coming home. It's the journey, ya know? Won't have the same mental and emotional impact if I flop, IMO. Plus, it makes for a better story.
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    Your going to get mud and deerflies even in July. A lot depends too on previous snow - moisture levels, t-storms, etc. And a few river crossings aren't that wonderful either. But I will say if the mtn is open June 1, go for it. Just have DEEt and netting. Much better chance too of finishing south in good weather.







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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcranky View Post
    You can start anywhere from Harper's Ferry to New Jersey on June 1, hit Katahdin, then flip south. The main advantage that I see to this plan is that you get to finish twice -- once in Maine, and once again in Georgia.

    Several did it this year that I met, and they were just as excited and it was just as great a journey for them.







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    I started May 29th last year, very dry year, no people, bugs or mud - just great hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migrating Bird View Post
    I started May 29th last year, very dry year, no people, bugs or mud - just great hiking.

    You must've lucked out. We had all three in early July in the 100 mile wilderness. But it was a dry year for snow, they said, comparatively speaking. Last summer was THE year to start early.







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