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#21 Baseballfan

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 01:34 PM

My Eagle Scout, ASM, MBC, son is through hiking southbound starting in the middle of June. I'm dropping him off and have committed to at least trying to summit Katahdin to see him off with pics. Wish him luck. 


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#22 perdidochas

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 02:14 PM

I'm a section day hiker. I hiked about two miles of the AT around Newfound Gap.


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#23 perdidochas

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 02:15 PM

Not a thru or even a section hiker, but I have done three 50 milers on the AT. As well as a lot of weekends there. Mostly in the Va, Md, Pa area.

Stories? You want bears, mud, lightining, sitting with some very good friends watching the harvest moon inch over the eastern ridge flooding the valley at your feet with silver?

 

The above makes you a section hiker......


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#24 Col. Flagg

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 02:32 PM

Did sections as a Scout way back when. Did 700 miles of it, mostly PA, VA, NC using this natty thing.

 

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#25 frankpalazzi

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:56 PM

Section here.  Piece of PA 3 years ago, and all of Shenandoah National Park  (Skyline Drive) over the last 2.  I try to cover 10-12 miles a day over 10 days every summer. Just started the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the journey continues South this July.


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#26 blw2

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 11:11 AM

Hey, I'm glad this thread popped back up....

I'm still thinking on this, and searching for ideas and options....

Lately, I have been reading about the Benton Mackaye Trail, which I had not heard of till only recently....

 

Anyway, i have been meaning to pull out the books and check....

what are teh mileage requirements for scouts.  I know there's things like the 50 mile patch....

& I know son had to do a 5 mile hike for his scout badge

but what sort of length requirements for distance are there?

    was thinking that IF i end up doing something with scouts, I'd hate for the group to plan around a 23 mile hike when they need 25 for something....


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#27 Col. Flagg

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 11:18 AM

Hey, I'm glad this thread popped back up....

I'm still thinking on this, and searching for ideas and options....

Lately, I have been reading about the Benton Mackaye Trail, which I had not heard of till only recently....

 

Anyway, i have been meaning to pull out the books and check....

what are teh mileage requirements for scouts.  I know there's things like the 50 mile patch....

& I know son had to do a 5 mile hike for his scout badge

but what sort of length requirements for distance are there?

    was thinking that IF i end up doing something with scouts, I'd hate for the group to plan around a 23 mile hike when they need 25 for something....

 

There's the Hiking MB and 50 Miler. The requirements are pretty straight forward. For TFC you need a five mile hike while using map and compass.

 

Not AT, but there are Historic Trails which have their own requirements. Don't think they are BSA required but there are awards you can get. BSA does recognize if you hike a few of these trails as long as they meet the BSA historic trails requirements. So you can get the third party historical trail award BUT you may not qualify for the BSA Historic Trail award unless you meet both groups' requirements. The link to the Carolina Trader site is one of the better ones with lists of such trails. Others may have a better site.

 

Happy trails!


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#28 RememberSchiff

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 04:21 AM

Blw2, you may find Buffalo and Budget's AT story interesting.

 

http://www.salisbury...alachian-trail/

 

It’s difficult to decide what was the most impressive part of Buffalo and Budget’s conquering of the Appalachian Trail in 2016. The men are older than most people who take on the 2,189.5-mile AT, which extends through 14 states from Georgia to Maine, or in the Salisbury hikers’ case, from Maine to Georgia.

 

Schiemann (aka Buffalo) is 59 and a retired pensioner with General Electric; Kolkebeck (Budget), 63, was the longtime manager of Salisbury’s Baja Products plant, which had closed prior to their trek.

 

Going into their adventure, both men were veteran hikers, owing to their many years of service as Scout leaders. With his Troop 442 Scouts, Kolkebeck has hiked five times in Philmont, the high adventure ranch in the Rockies of New Mexico. Schiemann has gone with the Scouts to Philmont three times.

 

They also are well familiar with trails through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia and have taken countless trips to the nearby Uwharries. But nothing quite prepares you for the rigors and relentlessness of a through hike on the Appalachian Trail.

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more in above link


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#29 Sentinel947

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:03 AM

I'm doing the Smokies section of the AT in June!
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#30 blw2

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:41 AM

yes to all posts.... helpful, interesting, and cool!

like to read about older guys doing it....

currently watching a vlog series on youtube by a girl that through hiked last year.  She seems to be going through at least mostly sober....and she's being a purist about hiking every inch.... but over all It really strikes me that the AT scene really is more of a "beatnik" social fest.  Fun and making friends and all...

I love the idea of that a little bit, but mostly I'm craving the nature and mountains.  Kinda want to get away from crowds.


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#31 blw2

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:42 AM

I'm doing the Smokies section of the AT in June!

oh, look forward to reading more about your preparation and journey.  Doing a trip log or anything?


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#32 jr56

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 02:23 PM

Did about 50 ft in the Smokeys, and a few more 50 ft sections in Vermont.  Just to say I had "hiked" on the AT


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#33 Petey091

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 05:56 PM

yes to all posts.... helpful, interesting, and cool!

like to read about older guys doing it....

currently watching a vlog series on youtube by a girl that through hiked last year.  She seems to be going through at least mostly sober....and she's being a purist about hiking every inch.... but over all It really strikes me that the AT scene really is more of a "beatnik" social fest.  Fun and making friends and all...

I love the idea of that a little bit, but mostly I'm craving the nature and mountains.  Kinda want to get away from crowds.

The AT does have a social aspect to it. Since October when I first posted in this thread my Troop has covered from Snickers Gap in Va to Pine Grove in Pa.  If you want to be around less people just leave early in the season. I have been following on YouTube a guy called Earlyriser,  He should be finishing the AT very soon. He left early and really only bumped into weekend day hikers until the weather became warm. He also put up some high mileage days so he does hike in the loose groups that usually form.


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#34 resqman

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 02:02 PM

" but over all It really strikes me that the AT scene really is more of a "beatnik" social fest.  Fun and making friends and all... "

 

It is social if you wanna, solitary if you wanna.  Meeting folks on the trail during day is mostly, Hi, Where is the last place you saw water?  How far to the next mtn top/road crossing/landmark?  

 

Most of the social aspect comes at night in the shelters.  Hikers backgrounds vary widely.  I met grandfather and two grandsons carrying couple gallons of Kentucky bourbon.  Met 4 firefighters who were taking their annual buddy trip.  Met four 55+ guys all from same small town taking their annual buddy trip.  Met lots of individuals hiking to prove something to themselves or get some time away from something in their life.  Most AT hikers are NOT thru hikers but rather day, weekend or week hikers.  Section hikers.  Mostly out to get away from their daily life and enjoy a little stroll.  Students, professionals, ladies, buddies, outdoorsman, people from all sorts of walk of life.  Very few Beatniks.  

 

Even in the shelters, you can be less social.  I solo hiked for 30 days.  Did hike along with one fella for 2 days.  Sprinted down the trail with a thru hiker for about 4 hours.  Most of the social time is between 6pm and around 9pm at the shelter.  People fixing meals, relaxing around a fire or table, and them most people jump in sleeping bag shortly after dark.  Most discussions are not about peoples life off the trail.  It usually centers around their experiences on the trail.


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