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RE: [at-l] Questions, questions, questions....

CAREFUL, CAREFUL, CAREFUL!!  Plan ahead well, and try not to be on the
trail by yourself. If you must go alone, learn to use a gun. I've lost
two friends this way. unfortunately it's just not safe anymore. 

I don't mean to sound like a downer, but we must face reality. Also, get
a dog. A big dog. I have a white shepard (110 lbs) when someone comes
near my campsite, he growls real low in his throat. (It's pretty spooky,
and it has kept people away) Just be sensible, there are always other
women who want to do this, but don't want to go alone. As a matter of
fact, when you make your plans, e-mail me. I might do a portion with

This brings up a good topic for discussion: "How do we stay connected to
the Earth and stay safe at the same time?" Has anyone heard of the "Take
Back The Trails" initiative? It was inspired by the two women who were
murdered just off the Appalachian Trail back in 1996. I would be
interested in any information about women's hiking/backpacking

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> From: 	kristin pilotte[SMTP:viperkjp@wam.umd.edu]
> Sent: 	Sunday, December 21, 1997 8:06 PM
> To: 	at-l@saffron.hack.net; atml@trailplace.com
> Subject: 	[at-l] Questions, questions, questions....
> Howdy, y'all!
> Still having problems with my pack, but oh well.  I'm going to take it
> to
> a local shop after the holiday rush is over.  So, in the mean time,
> I've
> got some more questions.  
> 1.  I'm thinking about taking a semester or year off of school in
> either
> 1999 or 2000, to thru-hike the trail.  Anyone have experience doing
> this
> (taking time off school, I mean).?
> 2.  What is the average mileage that thru-hikers get?  I mean, 10
> milesish
> a day?  I know that I can push hard when I section hike, as I've done
> a
> fair portion of the trail in sections, but those hikes NEVER last more
> than a week, tops, and I'm wondering how endurance changes with time.
> Perhpas a better question would be about average mileage per state...
> So, that's it for now.  I'm home on Xmas break, and will be at my AOL
> account, so if you could, CC: any reply you guys put out to my e-mail
> there, Viper7997@aol.com
> THANKS MUCHO IN ADVANCE!!!  =)  =)  =)  Have a great holiday season!!!
> -kristin  N3ZDF
> USSF 8
> "Now I see the secret of the makings of the best persons.  It is to
> grow
> in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."  --Walt Whitman,
> Leaves of Grass
> http://members.aol.com/viper7997
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