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    Default Your Two Cents...

    For those of you who have thru-hiked, done an extensive amount of hiking, or anything of the sort...I pose a question for any and all of you. If you could give just ONE piece of advice to someone about hiking, what would that singular piece of advice be?

    I'm sure we could all talk for ages and argue about all types of things, but I'm curious as to what everyone would choose to throw in as their two cents about hiking, especially thru-hiking the AT.

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    No a trhru hiker. Done some setions and like to hike.
    My less tahn 2 cents:
    HIKE YOUR OWN HIKE!
    Big Guy
    and ye shall know the truth
    and the truth shall set you free.
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    "Be Safe"

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    Cn any hike, start cartoonishly slow.
    "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." ---Dr. Seuss

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    It's not a competition.

    Faster, more miles, biggest pack, smallest pack, "purest" hike, longest hike, best equipment, oldest hiker, youngest hiker, smartest hiker, LNT royalty, most peaks bagged, most miles hiked, best shape, worst shape, stinkiest socks, whatever it is, the only thing you're up against is yourself.

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    Wear shoes - not boots (unless snow is deeper than 3")

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    its the journey, not the destination

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    allow some flex in your schedule, and be prepared to give up a lot of control.

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    Don't do it unless you really love to walk.
    "Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence." John Muir on expedition planning

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    learn to build a fire with a match before you ever leave home.

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    all this advice is no substitute for experience.

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    First - bring alot of money, you will benefit from having it (in particular not having to worry about not having enough money).

    Second - embrace rhythm and momentum...they are your greatest assets. They are greater assets then things like zero's, hostels, and drinking beer.

    Third - learn to accept rain, not attempt to avoid it, once you get past the fear of rain there are dozens of assets you can see with just one drawback, it's wet!

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    Your shoes are your most important piece of equipment. Take care of your feet.

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    learn all you can about the environment your traveling through,and let it sink in,It's quite wonderful.

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    Good one,

    1 thing huh?

    Take less, to me, lighter and less is tons better.

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    Learn to become tolerant of discomfort...perhaps even learn to enjoy it.

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    You'll enjoy the hike more if you've attained at least a modicum of aerobic fitness beforehand.

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    Get plenty of rest after each day of hard hiking and bathe often or wash down with a Camelbak and Dr. Bronner's soap.

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    Relax and enjoy.
    Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. -Kahlil Gibran

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    My advice? Just get out there and do it. Any trail, any where, any length, any weather, any age, any terrain.....no more excuses not to do it!!

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    We are getting a lot more advice than just 2 worth. Keep it coming folks!
    "... I know it is wrong, but I am for the spirit that makes young men do the things they do. I am for the glory that they know." --Sigurd Olson, Singing Wilderness.


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