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[at-l] Re: Robert's Schedule
- Subject: [at-l] Re: Robert's Schedule
- From: Christian E Rademacher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 13:50:21 -0600
I hiked in 1996, from Waynesboro, VA, to Andover, ME, (a little over half
the trail), so I'll give you my opinions (they're free and worth every cent)
about your schedule.
(BTW, I turned thirty-five on the trail and while not overweight, required
about three weeks before getting into hiking trim and four weeks until I
could pull off a twenty-mile day).
* In general, I'd suggest you might want MORE days off. This is a personal
choice obviously, and my personal bias is to take as many days off as I can
(about one per week), so I can enjoy the towns and sights around.
* Luray is unlikely to be necessary for a resupply. SNP has plenty of
eating opportunities (four in the forty miles prior to Luray), and the
front-running thru-hikers I saw passing me in mid-May (Pappy, Seldom Seen,
Polly & Ester, Jeremy the Catskill Eagle, and Vince the Canuck) were doing
twenty mile days on relatively level terrain, making it a five to seven day
hike from Waynesboro to Front Royal.
* One can get through PA, without a day off, but you might enjoy one if
you're like me. I took a pseudo day-off (3 miles) in Boiling Springs, my
favorite trail town after Hanover, NH. Aniles makes a mean stromboli!
* Double check your mileage between Harpers Ferry and Boiling Springs--it's
actually 98 miles--I suspect you may be able to get by w/out the resupply in
Boonesboro. You can likely buy one meal per day along the trail in MD.
* Unless you are using resupply points to avoid waiting over the weekend for
a maildrop, I think you can eliminate the resupply in Pine Grove, PA, which
requires a hitch into town. You will have passed through Duncannon one to
three days before--a resupply/maildrop there might get you to Port Clinton.
* Assuming you leave Glenwood, NJ, (John & Mitzi Durham's inn) on day 121,
it's a tough three days of hiking to get to Bear Mountain, NY, by eod 123.
For me it was four days: easy, medium, tough 26 miles over Harriman state
Park, an easy six mile jaunt into Bear
Mountain from the nearest shelter.
* Salisbury Connecticut is a nice town to have a day off, although Kent and
Cornwall Bridges are equally nice.
* I prefer maildrops right on the trail. If you use UPS, you can send a
maildrop to The Inn at Long Trail at Sherburne Pass. I ended up staying at
the Inn three nights, as it has the finest Irish bar and music I've seen
anywhere. A maildrop here would avoid South Pomfret, which is only a day
shy of Hanover.
* You may want to take a day off in Hanover--it has a little more
culture/attractions than North Woodstock (tourist town).
* The section from North Woodstock, NH, to Gorham, is rugged and beautiful.
I spent eleven days doing it (everyone was passing me), which included time
for two bad weather days, and to slow down for a trail romance =-). The
Whites are too beautiful to miss in a bank of clouds--I sat out a day at
Liberty Springs campsite to hike Franconia Ridge in good weather. Upon
reaching Kinsman Notch, my speed expectations scaled back from two mph to
one mph, and my expected distance in a day went from 12 to 22 miles per
hiking day to 5 to 12 miles per day. Wingfoot correctly points out that the
Kinsmans are a rugged introduction to the Whites--it took me four hours to
do four miles over South Kinsman, yet was one of my favorite spots on the trail.
Hope this too detailed information helps and that you can make your hike
Waynesboro, VA --> Andover, ME '96
Katahdin by 2001?
>Date: Sun, 19 Jan 1997 00:38:24 -0500
>From: email@example.com (Robert Rubin)
>Subject: [at-l] resupply plans
>I'm probably not going to be able to thruhike this year, but there's a slim
>chance, so I'm still planning as if it's going to happen.
>What follows is a list of maildrops, resupply stops, and days off. Could
>someone who has thruhiked or at least done a large portion of the trail
>critique this? I've tried to be very conservative, as I'm 38 and am going
>to have to hike into shape from being a good bit overweight; but I'm a
>pretty athletic guy so I figure eventually I ought to be able to hike
>strongly. I have a detailed itinerary, but that's probably an exercise in
>wishful thinking, I'm sure. This might be more real, though obviously
>weather and injury could throw it all to hell. As I see it, this will take
>slightly over 6 months.
>My questions are:
>Am I being too conservative? Too many days off? Am I overlooking
>extra-tough sections that will slow me down more than I expect? Am I
>planning for 5 days covering in a section that typically takes 2? Too many
>maildrops? Stops that are likely not to be good for the resupplies I need?
>Day Off Trail Section
>1 Begin Hike
>5 Neel's Gap GA 31.1 resupply
>6 **day off
>10 Dicks Creek Gap 36.2 **maildrop only
>14 Franklin NC 40.3 resuuply
>15 **day off
>20 Stecoh Gap 50.4 resupply
>21 Fontana Dam Shelter 12.5 **maildrop only
>25 Newfound Gap 41 resupply
>26 **day off
>32 Hot Springs NC 66.9 maildrop, resupply
>33 **day off
>38 Erwin TN 66.2 resupply
>39 **day off
>44 Hampton NC 73.2 resupply
>45 **day off
>48 Damascus VA 40.6 maildrop, resupply
>49 **day off
>54 Atkins/Marion VA 74.2 resupply
>60 Pearisburg VA 88 maildrop, resupply
>61 **day off
>68 Daleville/Troutville VA 90.5 maildrop, resupply
>69 **day off
>74 Glasgow VA 58.7 resupply
>77 Tyro VA 47.5 resupply
>79 Waynesboro VA 24.3 maildrop, resupply
>80 **day off
>86 Luray VA 79.3 resupply
>90 Front Royal VA 33.4 maildrop, resupply
>94 **day off, Harpers Ferry VA
>96 Boonsboro MD 65.8 resupply
>102 Boiling Springs PA 80.6 maildrop, resupply
>108 Pine Grove PA 73.3 resupply
>110 Port Clinton PA 29.3 resupply
>115 Deleware Water Gap PA 72.2 maildrop, resupply
>116 **day off
>120 Glenwood NJ 59.8 resupply
>123 Bear Mountain NY 50 resupply
>130 Salisbury CT 96.5 maildrop, resupply
>131 **day off
>137 Cheshire MA 79.2 resupply
>143 Manchester Center VT 72.2 maildrop, resupply
>144 **day off
>150 South Pomfret VT 78.3 **maildrop only
>152 Hanover NH 16.2 resupply
>155 Glencliff NH 42.1 **maildrop only
>158 North Woodstock NH 25.5 resupply
>159 **day off
>166 Gorham NH 73.9 resupply
>170 Andover ME 47.9 **maildrop only
>175 Stratton ME 61 resupply
>180 Monson ME 73.7 maildrop, resuuply
>181 **day off
>190 Katahdin 120.1 End Hike
>Any comments welcome.
Christian E Rademacher
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. USA
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