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[at-l] Re: William Phipps' question about section hikers on the List
- Subject: [at-l] Re: William Phipps' question about section hikers on the List
- From: Christian E Rademacher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 30 Dec 1996 16:13:18 -0600
>Date: Sun, 29 Dec 1996 11:05:51 -0500
>From: "William C. Phipps" <email@example.com>
>Subject: [at-l] New to the list
>I just joined the AT list. I am 49 years old and have been hiking the AT
>since 9/91 on long weekends and a couple times a year for 10 to 14 days at a
>time as my job commitments allow. At the end of October 96 I reached the
>southern boundary of Shenendoah National Park. I guess that puts me about a
>third of the way to Katahdin. My wife and two German Shepherds drop me off
>at trailheads and usually pick me up 12 - 15 miles later at a road crossing.
>On the few occasions that road crossings were too far apart for a day hike I
>stay in shelters or in a one person tent I carry. I wish that my wife would
>hike with me but she does not have the interest in the solitude or the
>physical challenge the AT requires. I am most grateful to her for portaging
>me around however. We stay in campgrounds or motels on our trips to the AT.
>We live in Wheeling, W. Va. I truly love the beauty and solitude that the
>I realize that most of you on the list are probably thru-hikers (I would be
>too if I could ever win the lottery :>), but are any of you proceeding as I
>am? If so I would enjoy hearing from you. Assuming I don't win the
>Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes my goal is to complete the AT by the
>time I am 55 and then to start the Pacific Crest Trail.
I am also new on the list and am a section hiker as well.
Thanks for your example of accomplishing so much in the limited time that
you have had.
I hiked one-half of the trail this summer (Rockfish Gap,VA -> Andover, ME,
from June-Sept) and it was the best vacation I've ever taken. I hope to
complete the trail in sections, N->S, by the year 2001. Section hikers such
as yourself provide inspiration to me that it can be done--thanks!
Christian E Rademacher
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. USA
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