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    AT guide for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Please note: The dates for the Gathering listed in AWOL's A.T. Guide are wrong. The 2011 Gathering will, in fact, be Oct. 7-8-9, at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass.

    That's Columbus Day Weekend, so many folks have an extra travel day and can stay over Sunday night so they won't miss Weathercarrot's fabulous Trail Trivia Contest!

    Details at http://www.aldha.org/gathring.htm

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    As a current thru hiker this year, there is no question, awols guide is so much better then the companion. my only complaint with awols guide is the elevation profile that we all rely on too much. the companion on the other hand is spare toilet paper/fire-starter. it is missing way too much essential data, especially water sources. if you are still debating which book to buy, DONT GET THE COMPANION!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by max patch View Post
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    When can one expect the 2012 versions to be printed?
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    AT Guide and Data Book.

    Appalachian Pages, and now the AT Guide have been improving each year.
    Last edited by Lyle; 06-07-2011 at 19:30.

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    I had been carrying the ATC 2011 guide until mile 800. Then I switched to AWOL's 2011. Trail profile and additional water sources were worth the switch. I also tear out the pages that I am hiking that day and put them in a sandwich bag in my pocket for easy access.

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    AWOL's guide was use by the majority of NOBO'S Thru-hikers, probably around 80% (not an exact figure). His layout seemed superior, had more data, but many preferred the additional info in the AT Companion. Some thought AWOL's was a deciding feature, others appreciated the more upto date info in the ATC. I found two hostels in the 2010 ATC that weren't listed by either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredt4 View Post
    I found two hostels in the 2010 ATC that weren't listed by either.
    If I may ask which were those? Sometimes services, including hostels, are purposely omitted or deleted if we receive enough legitimate complaints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredt4 View Post
    I found two hostels in the 2010 ATC that weren't listed by either.
    I know of two hostels that were brand new this season and not in either guidebook because they started up after the books were printed.

    There is also a hostel in VT and another in NH that desire not to be in the guidebooks as well.
    Order your copy of the Appalachian Trail Passport at www.ATPassport.com

    Green Mountain House Hostel
    Manchester Center, VT

    http://www.greenmountainhouse.net

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    I started with just the Companion, then picked up AWOL's guide in Connecticut when my Companion was tiny anyway. I really loved having the Companion at night for longer term planning and a few pages of AWOL's guide wadded up in my hip belt in a zip loc for "while hiking" use. So satisfying getting to the last page of the AWOL AT Guide and just staring at that insane profile of Katahdin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by takethisbread View Post
    Like 10k, I buy all them. You try to support the folks that aid the hikers.
    While I can only applaud AWOL's success with his book and guide, as I understand the profit from the Companion goes to the ATC, which supports trail/shelter maintenance/building along the AT. Without this, the AT would not last long. It seems to me AWOL would have provided a better service to the hiking community (which does not consist only of thru-hikers) by helping improve the Companion.

    If the AT Guide lists more water sources than the Companion, I do hope the Companion catches up. The elevation profile should perhaps be added too, but without making the text harder to read. Personally, I would not hike without the AT maps, which have pretty good elevation profiles already, so I do not really care for another in a guide.

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