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Had to kill this skunk a half hour later; have the video of me crushing his skull. RIP
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GDCK
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this doe nested under my tarp next to me
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Nodust
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Great pics.

Did you hike alone or somebody went with you?

Great adventure.


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great pics man...thanks for posting...seeing those pics make me want to do it


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Saw about 10-15 rattlesnakes (stepped on one in Maryland) on the AT and one copperhead.


WTF...how freaked out were you


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why did you have to kill the skunk?


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Blue Velvet
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Did you hike alone or somebody went with you?
Started with 2 friends and left them on day 5 and never went back. Hiked alone for the rest of the trail. It's better to meet someone on the trail that hikes your pace than to start with a friend and assume y'all will hike the same hike.


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why did you have to kill the skunk?
Mercy killing. He was on the way out anyway (sick/injured) and messing with hikers.
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Jim Rockford
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Holy shite you were way too close to that cub for comfort.


Blue Velvet
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Yea, saw the cub and waited for close to a half hour for the mother to peak out and she never did so I got 10 feet from the cub and took a half hour of video and some pics and left. I was a little nervous but she just wasn't around. I sat still and listened and even when I left she never showed.


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how often did you have to go into town and get supplies?

did you ever get a hotel for the evening to shower and get a good night sleep?

what type of shoes did you wear?

so many questions


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how much money would you say this cost? airfare and all


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Good questions Walt. Inquiring minds want to know.


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I have a good buddy of mine leaving for his venture in April in Springer Mountain, GA and tentatively finishing it in September in Mount Katahdin, Maine. He's been planning this for quite a while now. Going to be completely awesome when he's from it all with stories and pictures - real proud of him.


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DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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That must have been a life changing experience. Id kill to do this, but work and fear are holding me back. I'm starting to think life's just too short, I need to do it.

I think I'd be scared of being alone for that long. Not fear of outside influences, just loneliness. I need that companionship.

How much time would you say you were you by yourself out there?

What was the highest point of the trip (attitude not altitude) ?

I assume the lowest was the pneumonia...

Did you keep a journal?

If I ever did it I'd want to write down every thought and experience I could during the journey, just to analyze how I changed as a person over the course of, I'd imagine. a life altering experience.


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how often did you have to go into town and get supplies?
About every 5 days. You can send yourself packages to post offices in advance and write "hold for hiker" on the package. You can have loved ones and friends mail you food or if you're lucky there will be a grocery store. Basically, once a week when you cross a road you hitch into town and head to the post office to pick up your food unless the town is big enough to have grocery.
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did you ever get a hotel for the evening to shower and get a good night sleep?
Hell yea. Sometimes 2 in a week. Sometimes I didn't shower or change socks, boxers, or any article of clothing for 3 weeks. You begin to hate your own skin.
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what type of shoes did you wear?
Went through multiple pairs. If you're heavy then you will need ankle support (boots, etc.) if you're a light guy then just buy tennis shoes. If you thru-hike you're gunna go through 3-5 pairs of shoes. Why buy $200 boots if they'll be ruined in 2 months anyway? Buy some new balances and throw them away when you're done is my advice. Also, never buy goretex. People buy waterproof shoes and goretex because they don't want their feet to get wet but the truth is that wet feet is INEVITABLE and goretex takes forever to dry out so mesh tennis shoes are still your best bet. You'll be hiking in rain and fording streams; wear shoes that dry by the next morning. Goretex is good for day hikes at home.
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so many questions
Ask away


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Blue Velvet
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how much money would you say this cost? airfare and all
Depends on the person. Only flight I took was one-way from Maine to NOLA when it was all done.

You can spend as low as $2500 or as high as $10k. That's extremely cheap for a 6 month trip. How much does it cost just to fly to Europe and back for a 2 week trip?

Also, the majority of people are 20-something year old males who are out of college or in between jobs or are 60-something year old guys who just retired. I met the oldest guy to complete a thru-hike and he was trying to break his own record at 73. I also met a 15 year old boy and his 17 year old sister on their own.

Seeing the east coast by foot for half a year for 4K is unbeatable.


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Blue Velvet
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I think I'd be scared of being alone for that long.
You'll make dozens of great friends.
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Not fear of outside influences, just loneliness. I need that companionship.
Will not be an issue on the AT. On other long treks, maybe, but not on the AT.
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How much time would you say you were you by yourself out there?
I'm a natural hermit and I hiked alone so probably 12 hours a day of the possible 24. Most people are rarely alone. I chose to be.
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What was the highest point of the trip (attitude not altitude) ?
Well I'm obsessed with animals and that was the main reason I went so a dozen or so bear experiences and one pine marten experience was pretty awesome. I never saw a moose but most people did. The most amazing place is White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. I'd rather hike from Massachusetts to Maine and back then do the whole thing over again. The northeast is beautiful and wild.
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I assume the lowest was the pneumonia...
No. I came home to good friday, easter with the fam., and spring break with friends when I was sick. Plantar fasciitis was the worst part and the excruciating pain that comes with it.
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Did you keep a journal?
No, but 90% of people do. I took 6,000 pictures instead and a ton of video. A dozen or so people planned on writing books.
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If I ever did it I'd want to write down every thought and experience I could during the journey, just to analyze how I changed as a person over the course of, I'd imagine. a life altering experience.
I hiked the 100-mile wilderness and summited Mount Katahdin (the finish line) with a great guy named Badger (real name Zach Davis). He wrote a book called Appalachian Trials that is for sale on amazon right now. Check it out for sure for more info. The pic on the cover is from Katahdin and I took the pic on an iphone lol. This guy is a total badass. He gave me a signed copy of the book for my b-day a few weeks ago & it is a great guide.
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Nobody goes by their real name. You leave those at home. You either pick a trail name in the first few weeks or somebody picks one for you.


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What an incredible trip

I drove from Louisiana to New Hampshire with my sister to help her move. Can't imagine walking it. The NYC skyline pic is awesome. You are a good photographer.


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