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Help a GA>ME first timer!
I just discovered this cool newsgroup and am looking forward to any and
all advice/encouragement/warnings from past thu-hikers. I am departing April
15 for my first thru-hike, hoping to be one of the 10%(?) that finds the will
and has enough good fortune in the health department to reach Katahdin.
Though I'm more or less prepared, there remain a number of nagging
questions (most petty) that I need help with (for reasurance, more than
anything). I shall be posting these in the near future and would appreciate
any input from the vets.
A few quick ones, if you please:
*What do you do between the time your stove starts acting up/quits until
you are able to get your backup sent? Beg? Borrow? Steal? Wood fires?
Same goes for boots.
*Tennis shoes vs. Tevas! The debate rages. (Presuming I can only
choose one.)Any comments?
*How often should I expect to replace my socks for new ones?
*After weather warms, what should I keep in the event of a cold spell?
* What's the concensus on a tent? I keep hearing about people that made
it with a tarp, one guy who even sent his home and just hiked on to the next
shelter if he found a full one. The weight sure would be nice, but NO
*Gaitors. Need 'em?
Many more, I shall make future postings brief. Also, I am interested in
ANY remarks regarding all phases of trail life, encouragement, advice, etc.
I will have my anchor post my trail journal here as well.
Ciao, Ya'll! John