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I'm a new member of the list, referred here by a post on rec.backcountry.
I'm a high school senior, and like to think of myself as somewhat of a
backpacker.  Last spring break, my brother and I hiked the Maryland
section of the AT in about 2 days, if I remember rightly.  I live in
Maryland, about 1.5 hours away from the nearest part of the AT.

It has long been a dream of mine to thru-hike one of the big trails
(AT,CDT,PCT), and it seems that I may have a chance to do a good section
of the AT this summer.  My first choice college is Williams College in
Williamstown, MA., and the AT goes through North Adams, just down the
road.  I have some very sketchy ideas about starting in Maryland and
hiking to North Adams, but I haven't really started getting maps, plans
together yet.

It would be a great help if anyone could give me some approximate
distance/time figures, as I would like to be in North Adams around the
first move-in day.  Anything else you think would be helpful would also be
appreciated.  If I decide to do this, I have the feeling that I will rely
heavily on this list, since this would be my first experience with truly
long-distance hiking.

Thanks, and hello again

-Mark Rothlisberger

Do I dare
Disturb the Universe?
In a minute there is time 
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
	-T.S. Eliot, from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

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