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Re[2]: [at-l] thru-hikering attitude

     In '79, I carried a "monthly minder" (of April-September pages only, 
     natch.) with 1" squares for each date, to put in where I had hiked to, 
     the mileage, the weather, and my general condition. I was pretty good 
     on this one till perhaps the last week or two. I also carried a 2"x3" 
     vinyl covered "book" of unlined pages for a "journal" to write in. 
     I'll probably do the same thing in 2000.
     Just like Sly, I found quickly that the business of the day meant 
     decampment and motion nord, not stationairy contemplation. And to be 
     fair to all, the prior statement is not intended to exclude 
     contemplation, just major degrees of stationairy contemplation. I 
     found my best contemplation, like Colin Fletcher, to be while I was in 
     "There are three great times for thinking --
     On the john, in the shower, and while hiking.
     And the best of these is while hiking."
     C. Fletcher, undated.
     Lastly, if there was a fire at our house, the record I would save 
     first would be the calender pages......

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Subject: Re: [at-l] thru-hikering attitude
Author:  Slyinmd@aol.com at ima
Date:    12/19/98 10:17 PM
But shortly after my start (300 miles) something happened, writing was taking 
too much time from my trail experience and I happened to be in constant pain, 
writing about it wasn't going to solve my problem and I didn't want to bore 
the masses or worry my family.  I had to get my head on straight and that was 
by living the trail, not writing about it for prosperity.
A thru-hike can be an exceedingly long time, but any minutes self reflecting 
and holing yourself up in the corner of a shelter writing, appears contrary to 
me.  I was amazed at the number of hikers cozy in their sleeping bags, 
I know this is a weird post, but my feelings are, any minutes that you have 
living on the trail should be just that, the future memories will always be 
Check out the sourounding area, collect fire wood, find rocks, watch ants, 
inch worms, birds, animals, explore!
Way over my normal, limited post,  Sly
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