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  1. #11
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    If the timing works out, then I hope other Maine cachers will join in the momentous accomplishment.
    What a great idea. Count me in!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll View Post
    A GPS will add more weight to carry. I will already be carrying all my belongings on my back for six or seven months, I will consider myself lucky to complete the whole trek. I don't want to add geocaching to it. That might be the little extra that keeps me from completing the 2,178 mile walk. It might be the straw that breaks the camels back as they say. I would love to do it, don't get me wrong but I have to try and get 2,178 miles under my belt in a allotted time. I am afriad if I get side tracked to much I will not have time to completed my original goal.
    But you are going to bring a laptop, solar charger and sat phone so you can submit a daily blog on your progress, right?

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    Default AT and Caching

    The AT is closed to caching anyway. There are exceptions to the rules but the rules are rigid, trust me.
    Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.

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    One more step closer now. I just purchased my Amtrak ticket.
    Blazing Troll

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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll View Post
    One more step closer now. I just purchased my Amtrak ticket.
    Hey, if you are traveling by Amtrak, I don't think this journey will take months, maybe just a couple of days (I thought you were walking)

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    Very funny Andy. Got to get to the start before I can start walking home.
    Blazing Troll

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    I am sure that you have done loads of research and are well prepared...but if I may give a few words of advice...
    1) bounce boxes are your best friend...don't shop in small towns unless you have money to burn.
    2) try to do most of your zeros ON the trail
    3) don't be pressured by others to go fast...it's nice to say you did the tri-state challenge...but will you remember anything about those three states?
    4) if you see Pirate or Wee Willie say hi...but don't believe a thing they say!!

    Ok...so obviously this is my opinion but I figure that most people who attempt a thru-hike do it because they love being outdoors. I saw too many people get out there and think that it's a competition or that they want to get it over with as soon as possible. My view on that is that if you wanted to walk 25 miles a day but not be outside...buy a treadmill...it's a lot cheaper. Needless to say most of those people ended up injured or simply quit.

    Anyway, best of luck to you and I hope you make countless memories!

  8. #18
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    Default And there's this to consider....

    My sister completed a long distance hike a couple of years ago. When she started, we talked about a lot of people meeting her at the top of Kahtadin. As she approached the end of her hike, she wanted less and less people with her. In the end, it was just her and me. We shared a drink, enjoyed the moment, and hiked back down.
    I was hiking the 100 mile wilderness a number of years ago and I met another women who did the same thing. She kept it a secret from her family as to when she was going to summit.
    So, if Rick decides he wants his finish to be small, then we have to respect that. I'm sure Rick will keep us updated. Good luck Rick. I hope we bump into you as we section hike south on the AT this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneday View Post
    I am sure that you have done loads of research and are well prepared...but if I may give a few words of advice...
    1) bounce boxes are your best friend...don't shop in small towns unless you have money to burn.
    2) try to do most of your zeros ON the trail
    3) don't be pressured by others to go fast...it's nice to say you did the tri-state challenge...but will you remember anything about those three states?
    4) if you see Pirate or Wee Willie say hi...but don't believe a thing they say!!

    Ok...so obviously this is my opinion but I figure that most people who attempt a thru-hike do it because they love being outdoors. I saw too many people get out there and think that it's a competition or that they want to get it over with as soon as possible. My view on that is that if you wanted to walk 25 miles a day but not be outside...buy a treadmill...it's a lot cheaper. Needless to say most of those people ended up injured or simply quit.

    Anyway, best of luck to you and I hope you make countless memories!
    Apparently you don't know Rick all that well. Not only has he planned this trip for literally years but he is the webmaster of WhiteBlaze,Hammock Forums and a couple of others that I'm not quite sure about. He is well prepared for sure and probably knows the people that you mentioned as well. He puts on a trail magic feast in Monson every year as well. If anyone will finish the hike it will be ATTROLL...
    Just smile it won't crack your face

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    friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

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    Default Now just a minute!

    While there's certainly a great deal of merit to KK's post, and while I would certainly respect any decision Rick might make as to whether he wants to finish his trek with a few crazed geocaching buddies traipsing along behind him, I will carry a twelve pack to the summit if given the opportunity. I think this will be my "ticket" to share in the fun. I will start taking "reservations" to purchase these beers on the summit right now. It will be a $20.00 per can minimum bid and as supply goes down, the price will go up....kind of like oil! Rick will get 2 free frosties if he can remember all the names of the folks who venture on up to the summit with him.
    Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.

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