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Re: [at-l] introduction

>On a more serious note:
>1. The Data Book, by the ATC - good basic mileage. Springs. Roads. Terse.
>Rip the covers off to save weight. Not very helpful on resupply.
>2. Wingfoot's book - Excellent, but he seems to have lost interest in it.
>Heavy, rip it into sections and mail the others down the trail in your
>bounce box. Getting dated. Opinionated (although I generally agree with the
>opinions. Generally.) Chatty. Great for resupply. Friendly (really - the
>3. The ALDHA book. Improving. Terser than WF's book, so lighter. Good for
>resupply. Easier to rip up (spiral bound). Either book would get you
>through. Not judgmental, if that's important. Philosophy is bare-bones, not
>a cookbook on the one, good, thru-hike. But you could do worse than WF's
>one, good, thru-hike.
>4. The ATC individual guidebooks. TOOOOO heavy. Better for day hiking. Good
>if you can't follow blazes (you can). Often dated on resupply.
>5. Guidebook Maps. Not really necessary, but nice. Find out where you are.
>Heavy, but not too. I always carry maps. Some are scaled so as to be almost
>useless (TN). Don't let the elevation profiles freak you out. Some say they
>kill the spontaneity of each day.
>6. Haven't seen Rosie's book yet.
>- Gary from Fairfax  JMHO
>> My opening salvo into the campfire convo is this: how many AT guides are
>> published, and by whom? In all the hubub about WF's guide and the
>> "official" guide and Rose's (who?) Maine guide, I can't seem to get a
>> handle on which I should look for.
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