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in: Fanatic; Fanatic > 2015-10-24

Oct 25, 2015 1:11 PM # 
Seems like you're serious about doing the AT. What are the plans as far as when to start, direction, miles per day, support, etc? I assume you've got that figured out?

It's a long trail....
Oct 25, 2015 2:47 PM # 
Nothing completely figured out yet. General idea is to do a SOBO, southbound, hike, starting sometime in June. Baxter often doesn't open until June, depending on the snowfall; plus, the stream crossings can be more difficult early in June, too.

I'm hoping that Michael Childs from Amherst might join me, so his schedule might dictate the start a bit.

No support team is planned, just use the resources along the route, i.e., hostels, motels, food stores, etc. Mail drops to towns close to the trail will be used, too. That will mean some Zero or Nero days (near zero), maybe every 10 to 14 days.

As for mileage per day, I was thinking that averaging twenty miles would be a good goal, but I'm now thinking that less might be more reasonable. It seems that whatever one plans for soon goes out the window when the hike starts; at least that's what the thru hikers have posted.

Just hope to finish before the snow hits the Smokies. :-)
Oct 25, 2015 3:15 PM # 
Do many go southbound? I always thought the standard was northbound, following spring.

I assume Collette is OK with all this? :-)

Part of me is envious, a long time ago I wanted to do it. But I'm way too old now...
Oct 25, 2015 7:05 PM # 
Well, recent statistics show that in 2014 there were 2500 who started northbound and 653 made it to Katahdin, while 642 headed south and 76 of those finished.

My issues with going NOBO is the crowds and the nature of those choosing that option; for many, it is really just a two to three month party before they get off the trail. Going SOBO, I feel, will let me enjoy the trail, but still provide plenty of company and social interaction.

Colette doesn't think it's a great idea, but as she just said, "I don't have any choice; if you are going to do it, then you're going to do it." She is happy that Michael Childs might be joining me though.

I'm too old to do it, too, but even if I fail, I expect to have fun trying.

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