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sNuwPack
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so i'm moving to europe in about 6 months, and i'm tossing around the idea of going on a long hike as a way to spend the time before my move. would appreciate any stories or advice about long hikes (the app trail thread was too old to be brought back). I also wouldn't mind getting one or two companions, but i know this is unlikely since it's a 6 month hike, but if you are interested let me know.

5/14/2007 8:21:22 AM

JLCayton
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what will you be doing in europe?

5/14/2007 8:39:24 AM

sNuwPack
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well that's about as off-topic as we can get but......i'll be playing omaha, following around the european poker tour, traveling in general, working on a book, and just living life.

5/14/2007 8:42:42 AM

rjrumfel
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mtns to sea trail is pretty long, and goes through some beautiful country

5/14/2007 8:57:41 AM

sNuwPack
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i was planning on doing AT southbound, but where is that?

5/14/2007 10:04:07 AM

hunterb2003
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lets go to philmont

i want to go back soo bad

5/14/2007 10:06:42 AM

wlb420
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planning on doing the whole trail? The northern most part is in Baxter State Park @ Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

5/14/2007 10:07:37 AM

sNuwPack
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yea i am, i know i would start in maine first week of july, i'd rather go northbound, but i missed the start date by like 2 months so i'll just start up there i guess. i'm planning on doing the whole trail, but i mean i'd be fine with just starting and seeing how far i get, i mean if i decide that i should stop after i get done with vermont or whatever then i think that would be fine, but i have a feeling that once i'm out there i'm gonna want to push on to the end.

5/14/2007 11:39:24 AM

wlb420
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starting in july? The southern appalachians might be rough in November/December. I've never done any sizeable section of the trail, but I hear it's pretty easy to meet/hike with random people along the way.

5/14/2007 11:51:39 AM

Yodajammies
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I second the philmont proposal.

5/14/2007 2:50:54 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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i'm meeting a friend tomorrow evening and we're starting the Foothills Trail Wednesday morning. hiking from Oconee to Table Rock. ~76 miles. shooting to finish up Sunday. tried to get a good balance between weight and comfort. here's my poncho tarp and bug bivy setup in the yard.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FXLWT1yypjgD7ZSm8

3/25/2019 10:23:27 PM

TerdFerguson
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theres some tough fuggin sections on that trail, Good Luck!!!

3/26/2019 6:53:35 AM

NeuseRvrRat
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Hasn't been too bad. Camping at lighthouse rock tonight. In the lap of luxury with LTE service up here. Easy 5 miles back to table rock state park tomorrow morning. Been a fun hike.

3/30/2019 4:34:36 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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Here's tonight's setup

https://photos.app.goo.gl/KwzH1DrpeSiKrEXT8

3/30/2019 5:01:03 PM

PaulISdead
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hope you find more wood

3/30/2019 6:21:14 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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There's plenty more. This spot is a tinderbox.

3/30/2019 7:24:53 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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I finished in about 96 hours. Awesome trail. Saw cool stuff. Met cool folks.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ngpRpt4rknatCRx18

[Edited on March 31, 2019 at 10:08 AM. Reason : Bf]

3/31/2019 10:06:00 AM

NeuseRvrRat
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Pics part 1: http://imgur.com/a/3FfnFF8
Pics part 2: http://imgur.com/a/8tjS4OA

4/1/2019 3:21:26 PM

NCSUam0s
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Very cool! How'd you manage car pick up/drop off?

I'm hoping to do another section hike on the AT this fall and that's always the most frustrating part.

4/2/2019 1:22:00 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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There's a local guy who shuttles hikers as a volunteer. We tipped him. He was super helpful.

4/2/2019 4:11:11 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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Hiked about 13 hours around Pisgah yesterday. Started at Sunburst, took Green Mountain south and got on the MST. Followed that east and then up the BRP and Graveyard Fields area. Cut back west on Bridges Camp Gap trail and forded the Big East Fork Pigeon River to Greasy Cove trail. Crossed Greasy Cove Prong and climbed up and found a nice site on that trail. Rode out a nasty storm there last night. Gonna head over to Ivestor Gap trail and take that to Fork Mountain trail and back to Sunburst.

6/22/2019 4:06:57 AM

TerdFerguson
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Watch yo self tomorrow on Ivestor Gap. There’s like an 80% chance of Scattered T-storms tomorrow morning. Getting caught on one of those balds would be a nightmare.


That entire area that drains that ridge to the Pigeon River is easily one of my top favorite places in NC.

6/22/2019 3:53:05 PM

dtownral
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Can anyone recommend some decently supportive hiking shoes that have loads of ventilation.

By decently supportive I mean more than some of these ultra lightweight trail runners that let you feel every rock and pebble

6/22/2019 5:28:40 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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^^the storm hit when i had a few hundred yards of trail and one final river crossing left down at Sunburst.

Fork Mountain trail is awesome. Had some great views and ridge walks that would be even better without all the foliage. Didn't see a single other person on that trail, either.

6/22/2019 9:53:29 PM

A Tanzarian
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^^ That's a broad request. There are a ton of lightweight low- and mid-cut hiking boots out there, and pretty much any of the major brands should fit the bill.

Your best bet may be browsing at REI or play the order-a-lot-try-and-return game online somewhere.

6/24/2019 8:31:57 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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Did the Art Loeb Trail this weekend. It was fun.

7/28/2019 2:55:17 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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Did the Grand Loop around Linville Gorge this weekend. 2 nights. It was gnarly.

10/19/2019 5:43:55 PM

NeuseRvrRat
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Did the Bartram Trail and then a section of the Appalachian Trail to get me back to my truck over 7 days. Total was about 145 miles. Camped 2 nights, then 1 night in a cheap motel, then 3 nights camping. Dealt with rain, sleet, and snow one morning and then temps down around 15 deg F the next night. It was fun of some sort.

Pics: https://photos.app.goo.gl/STsHEkxTM3GbgUhu9

11/17/2019 11:54:24 AM

Jeepin4x4
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any bears?

11/18/2019 11:00:47 AM

A Tanzarian
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20 miles a day? Well done!

What size tarp do you use?

I also like to find survey marks when I hike:
https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/datasheets/

11/18/2019 11:45:56 AM

NeuseRvrRat
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No bears. Saw some bear hunters.

Tarp is 7'x9' DCF flat tarp.

11/18/2019 2:02:08 PM

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