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I'm planning on hiking the Appalachian trail with some friends this coming summer for around 10 days. Anyone have any suggestions as to what part to hike? Pointers on anything else?

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You will get lots of tips but start by reading this book, it has a little bit of good info but mostly it is hysterical.

http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Woods-Red...2898351&sr=1-4

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I would start by reading other people's accounts of hiking the trail. You should get an idea of which areas interest you and will probably pick up some pointers on the way. Think about what time of year you'll be hiking and what kind of weather you want to see.


Some kids from my high school chose to graduate early (in December, rather than May) and spent their extra semester literally hiking the entire Appalachain Trail. Needless to say, they had some amazing stories and some incredible pictures.

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Shenandoah Valley National Park is nice, but watch out for tourists and thruhikers. If you up for a bit of challenge than hit the Presidential Mtns in New Hampshire, probably my favorite part so far. There is a great hut system there and also shuttles available to get you around after your hike is complete. Here are some great websites to help you plan.

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You will get lots of tips but start by reading this book, it has a little bit of good info but mostly it is hysterical.

http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Woods-Red...2898351&sr=1-4
I just read that book and it hilarious! It also gives some good advice on what not to pack and what to pack.LOL. Great book and a must read if you planning on hiking the Appalachian.

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You will get lots of tips but start by reading this book, it has a little bit of good info but mostly it is hysterical.

http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Woods-Red...2898351&sr=1-4
xeleventy billion on this book. Even if you're not going to hike the Appalachian, read it. Anything by this guy is absolute gold (travel stuff).

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Take lots (and I do mean lots) of practice hikes/weekend camps. Walk up stairs whenever you get the chance. Invest in good socks and shoes. Find out if you're allergic to iodine.

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Thanks guys, I hiked in New Mexico at Philmont with my Scout troop a couple years ago, so I have a little experience. My friends who I'm going with haven't much before, but we're all really into the outdoors. I've been doing some reading and looking at gear. I've got my pack and boots (they're Columbias and really comfortable, I'll look up the name and highly suggest them if anyone is in the market for some boots ) and now I'm looking for a good tent and a stove. http://www.brasslite.com/OrderForms/turbo2DOrder.html Any opinions on alcohol stoves? As far as a tent goes, I'm looking for one that sleeps 4. I have a Eureka Exo 1 and love it, but the Exo line only goes up to a 3 man tent. Any suggestions in that department?
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For ten days why not start in Georgia? That would keep it tidy.

Tell your buds to get their own tent. A four man tent will be too heavy for hiking.

I like canister stoves, and I own a Pocket Rocket by MSR. I would replace it if I lost it.

I've tried to like alcohol stoves but I just can't do it. If you want to know about them this is the best site.
http://www.minibulldesign.com/
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www.whiteblaze.net is The Appalachian Trail forum. You can learn anything you want to know about the trail there.

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The New England end can be pretty aggressive so I'd recommend starting in Shenandoah National Forest and heading South. 10 days will cover some beautiful scenery. My Son and I did encounter a bear and two cubs in Shenandoah so you have to keep extra alert in the spring. Read the guide books and get a map.
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Shenandoah Valley National Park is nice, but watch out for tourists and thruhikers.
I did about 10 miles of it back in the mid 90's when I lived out there, just a little weekend outing, we went to the crab tree falls area, it was pretty cool. Did some repeling and some climbing as well, we had a great time.

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sounds like fun. Doing a couple of short hikes (friday thru sunday) is probably a good idea since the guys you are going with haven't been backpacking much. It also allows you to figure out what you forgot and what you don't need.

personally I prefer white gas stoves. It is what I am used to and the fuel is easier to find.

for tents I would get 2-2man tents. 1 person caries the poles and 1 caries the fabric.

as for where to go, I have no idea since I have never been to the eastern US. I like Canyonlands NP, San Raffel Swell, Lost Creek wilderness and several other places around here.

I think it would be neat to backpack the Colorado trail one of these days. It is something like 400 miles long and travels part way across the state.

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A friend of mine did the entire trail. Go to www.lustik.com Ask Joe anything you want. He and his wife Chris are GREAT people.

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Thanks for the input. Maine sounds awesome from the books, but I think I'll leave that for a later trip. I have one two man tent so getting the other one wouldn't be too expensive. The thing I like about the Exo is the fact that the rain fly is integrated into the tent. I'm tossing around the idea of using a tarp or two and making a tent that is roughly 9ft by 7ft. Two feet tall in the middle sloping down to about 1.5ft on the side edges. Kind of a modified A-frame with the rainfly integrated. My goal weight is under 7lbs. I figure that I can try this and at most be out $15 for tarps. 7 is heavier than a two man but we could distribute the food in a way to balance everything out. In my reading, some people cook by their tents and bring their packs in also. When I was in New Mexico, we cooked well away from the tents and always left the packs outside. We used bear bags also. Is this pretty much the same, for those of you who have been out East?
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Yes on the anti-bear activity.

Seven pounds for shelter is crazy. Google hiking tarps. There are plenty of ten by ten silicone coated nylon options that weigh a pound or two. You use your hiking poles for tent poles etc. You might google "sil nylon tarp". If you're more than 35 pounds on the AT you're heavy. Lots of guys keep it under 25lbs.

Tyvec house wrap makes a good ground cloth etc.

You've gotta think lighter.

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I hiked a couple of miles of the trail a couple of years ago. It was alot of fun. Its hard to believe a blind man did it.

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