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Hi, I thought I'd introduce myself too. I live in Tempe, AZ where I'm a
"returning student" in the graduate Creative Writing Program at Arizona
State University. I'm the author of an Internet resources article that
will appear in the July issue of the _ATway News_ that Kathy Bilton
mentioned. (And by the way, I think her AT Web page is first rate!)
I've also written a small essay that appeared in the magazine last fall,
based on a NJ --> VT hike last summer with my girlfriend Sharon, which was
one of the most vivid six-week periods of my life. We're not saving and
planning for a thru-hike, hopefully next year. I hope to get some
feedback from this list on topics like (especially) the cost of a thru-hike.
Hiking in Arizona is about as different from the AT as you can get --
three weeks ago we hiked down into the Grand Canyon, and my toenails are
now a deep, bruised blackish color. Coming out (9 miles long, 1 mile up,
85 degree temps) was one of the toughest hikes of my life -- at least on
the AT the agony, though perhaps steeper, does not drag on for most of
Boots do not last as long here either.
I grew up in Pennsylvania (green, leafy, grassy Pennsylvania) and
besides our hike last summer I have hiked parts of the AT in Pennsylvania
and the SNP in Virginia.
- From: Kathy Bilton <firstname.lastname@example.org>