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[at-l] NOBO Thruhike Start Dates
>I've a question for you. What do you think is the best starting
>date for a thruhike beginning from Springer and going NOBO?
>I talked to Baltimore Jack a few weekends ago at Miss Janet's. he
>started persuading me not to leave that early. He had some very
>valid points about the weather and such. And as a result, I've
>started investigating it further. However, I talked to several
>hikers at the NOC this past weekend that left around March 1st, and
>many of them were of the opinion that it really doesn't matter when
>you start you're gonna be faced by bad weather.
>So, if you've thruhiked before what was your start date? If you
>could go back and change it, then when do you think the ideal time
>would have been?
I hiked from Springer to Davenport Gap just north of SMNP starting on
March 9th in 2003 and I did a thru hike in 2004 starting at Springer
on April 4th. I was much more comfortable in 2004. I ran into snow
on both hikes but in 2004 the snow melted more quickly and it was not
as cold. A lot of people start in March to avoid the crowds but I
think it is now more crowded in March than in April.
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