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[at-l] Two Years Ago Today...
- Subject: [at-l] Two Years Ago Today...
- From: Atcamel@aol.com
- Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2000 23:21:45 EST
Two years ago today I started my AT hike. The weather was beautiful - sunny
and in the 70's. A few days later the temps were near zero with a high or 20
Every so often I ran into a hiker with a particular goofy grin. I later
learned that this was the look of a former thru hiker. These were people
that "got it" - they understood the meaning of a thru hike.
One bit of advice I kept hearing was to enjoy every day on the trail because
the hike would be over soon. Of course, to a hiker starting out this advice
sounded ludicrous. After all, it seemed like progress was so slow and the
distance was so vast. I now understand what they were saying.
A lot of people tell you to start out with low mileage at first. I think it
is more important to start out slowly at first. Don't push the miles per
hour. Too many hikers start out at a fast pace and wind up with
stress-related injuries. I never passed a single thru hiker during the day
on my hike.
Good luck to the class of 2000.
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