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9/7/12 9:02 A

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Thank you so much for the tips. Bears rank number 1 for me too. I have thought about getting one of those emergency locator devices. Have you heard anything about those and whether they would be worth the purchase?
I will start reading the journals you mentioned. I have read a few. I'm really excited that I have set this goal for myself to do the AT. I had a bad year....my daughter just started college and I'm finding that I am ready to live my life for me. I have been allowing my family to talk me out of hiking on my own and that leaves me sitting on my couch...the very place I don't want to be. I'm not going to do that anymore. I'll just be careful and let them know where I am and take precautions.
I'm so anxious to hear how your experience on the AT alone goes. I have a feeling that may end up being what I do as well. It is a little daunting but I imagine it will be a life changing experience for you.


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Great tips Medicgirl! I will show to my daughter and my boss. They both worry endlessly when I hike alone.

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9/6/12 9:31 A

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Great tips there, Medicgirl! Thanks for posting the links too.

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9/5/12 5:42 P

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I haven't hiked alone in a really long time. My hubby is joining on my weekly jaunts. I will take solo hikes around here before I set out on the AT. The most important thing that you can do is be observant of your surroundings and if something doesn't feel right it more than likely isn't.

The AT is covered in hikers during the year especially when thru season starts in March. I will be picking up the trail probably around the time the thru hikers make it to NC. More than likely the ones that started in early/mid April and will reach NC in early May. Right now we are hoping for May maybe late April as it will be warmer in the GSMNP and before it gets ungodly hot. I can do cold a whole lot better than hot.

I am a little scared to be out there on my own, I will admit. I am actually more afraid of the environment than people. I have a rating
1. Bears (Been a lot of activity in GSM this year)
2. Rattle headed Cobra Moccasins (Snakes)
3. Lightning (What am I to do if it decides to storm and I am top of a mountain)
4. Injuring myself ( I broke my leg, Im alone, Now what??)
5. Freezing to death (Hypothermia is really dangerous)
6. Other people (There are stupid and mean people everywhere)

See people rank really low for me. If all else fails I will beat them to death with my trekking pole or spray them with the bear mace lol.

I have been reading posts at whiteblaze.net about hiking alone and safety and such. Yeah there are some scary things out there, but for the most part the AT is safe and the hikers tend to look out for one another. Most of the problems are not caused by the hikers from what I have read and occur near roads. There are a lot of veteran thru and section hikers on there that can give tons of advice.

I am also reading (and living vicariously through them) trail journals at trailjournals.com. There are some really great journals on there. I highly suggest Trainwreck, Mouse, Certain and Persistent. All women. Trainwreck and Mouse were lone hikers and seemed to make some wonderful friends on the trail.

And I must say I have never met an unfriendly hiker, previously or currently. We actually stopped and had conversations with 3 different ones today. And hikers are chatty too lol!

If you feel safe hiking alone, then there is no reason why you shouldn't do it. I know friends and family worry and that is only because they care. My husband will be worried but I have his blessing to hit the trail solo. I will make sure that I check in as often as cell service allows it to let him know I am ok and give him my location so if for some reason he doesn't hear from me in days he has a place to start looking, just as he will do next week hiking alone while I am out of town for work. Maybe if you offer to do something like that it will ease a bit of the worry.

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9/5/12 4:51 P

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That's great! Take lots of pictures!!! What kinds of things do you do for safety when hiking alone? I have been getting a lot of lectures about it, but I don't always have someone to hike with.

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9/5/12 2:43 P

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Welcome Lisa. You will find some great people on this team. I have just gotten back into hiking myself after years of being away and it is the only exercise I do. I love it and it is hard sometimes, but I never think of it as exercise. Beats walking around in circles or trying to force myself to do something I hate.

My dream goal would be to be a thru hiker on the AT. Unfortunately responsibilities and life do not allow it. BUT hubby and I are planning a section hike (NC/TN) for next spring. I will be on the trail for a week alone (Franklin to Fontana) and he will join me the next week at Fontana for the GSMNP leg and we will end at Davenport Gap. I am super excited and making sure I can get on the trails as much as possible to condition and start extending my mileage. Just finished 5 miles today.

Once again welcome to the group , we are glad to have you!

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9/5/12 9:15 A

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Welcome. I've got my eye on some sections of the AT that aren't far from me. But first I have to build up a lot more walking endurance. I'm ok at shorter distances that are flat, but once I add in elevation, I wear out very quickly.

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Welcome to the team! I just saw the Nat'l Geographic special on the AT, lots of very beautiful scenery...

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

H: 5''4" 50 y.o.

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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9/3/12 6:43 P

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Thanks Lynda! I live several hours away from the trail, so I have been doing some local trails at some of the state parks. I also just found out about a trail that is part of the Allegheny Portage Railroad that is a five minute drive for me. It is supposed to be beautiful.

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9/3/12 2:43 P

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emoticon to the team. I've also wanted to hike sections of the AT but since I'm on the other side of the country, it's not so easy to try it. I am near the PCT, however, and have been lucky enough to hike parts of it over the years.
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Thanks Wendy!

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Hi Lisa! I feel the same way about hiking. It's good for the soul.
Best wishes on your journey!

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Hello everyone! My name is Lisa. I used to be a hiker until I had my daugther and life kind of got in the way. Now I find I have lots of time and have been spending my weekends in the woods hiking and exploring local trails and parks. I can't believe what a change this has made in my life. It has been theraputic and peaceful and did I say my favorite way to workout? I have found that I have more energy and stamina and I'm always so proud of myself when I complete a more difficult trail. I guess I just feel better all the way around. I have always wanted to do section hiking of the AT and I'm working toward that goal. I don't have many people who are interested in hiking with me but I'm not letting that stop me. I am happy to find some other hikers on SP to get advice and share experiences with!!

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