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So many people have been asking me why would I wanna put my body through 2200 miles of hell. Immediately I say to myself, they truly don’t understand what it would mean to me. First of all, it’s not hell and second of all this is the closest thing to Heaven you can get! Well, until you die, I suppose…
Then I show them this video, which is absolutely fabulous. This is their final day of their through hike. I followed them from the very first day till the last day. But this last video of them, summited, Katahdin, and reviewing some of their past experiences along the trail, made it such a great video.
The weather conditions that day were brutal but that’s what made it even better. Do you really honestly think hiking 2200 miles is going to be a piece of cake? The more challenging the more rewarding.

View: https://youtu.be/uPJwqd17UC4
 
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I heard of Trail Angels and seeing them hand out free food. Did not know about the free sex. I did assume there was lots of sex going on among the tribes or they like to call it Tramily. Totally breaks my heart that there might be tons of sex involved during my future Thru-hike.:coffee:
Have you ever been close to a thru-hiker? They smell. Really really bad. In the White Mtns I always stop for thru-hikers trying to hitch a ride (pretty easy to tell them from weekenders) and before they even get into the car I have their window rolled down. Not so bad in GA or NC, but by the time they get to New England, bodies, hair, clothing, backpacks, all have a kind of permanent stench.
 

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So many people have been asking me why would I wanna put my body through 2200 miles of hell. Immediately I say to myself, they truly don’t understand what it would mean to me. First of all, it’s not hell and second of all this is the closest thing to Heaven you can get! Well, until you die, I suppose…
Then I show them this video, which is absolutely fabulous. This is their final day of their through hike. I followed them from the very first day till the last day. But this last video of them, summited, Katahdin, and reviewing some of their past experiences along the trail, made it such a great video.
The weather conditions that day were brutal but that’s what made it even better. Do you really honestly think hiking 2200 miles is going to be a piece of cake? The more challenging the more rewarding.

View: https://youtu.be/uPJwqd17UC4
I love to follow hikers' trail journals. Are you going to keep one? Please don't forgte to point us to it!!!
 
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I love to follow hikers' trail journals. Are you going to keep one? Please don't forgte to point us to it!!!
The US government is trying to fine Youtubers for posting their video journals. There’s a battle going on right now regarding the US government overstepping. I would like to do a YouTube journal when I decide to do my thru hike.. if not, I’ll do a picture and written journal for the planet. That’s if it’s still here in about 3 1/2 years lol
 
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Have you ever been close to a thru-hiker? They smell. Really really bad. In the White Mtns I always stop for thru-hikers trying to hitch a ride (pretty easy to tell them from weekenders) and before they even get into the car I have their window rolled down. Not so bad in GA or NC, but by the time they get to New England, bodies, hair, clothing, backpacks, all have a kind of permanent stench.
Yes, I have smelled a few. I used to live in the Berkshires and the Appalachian trail is right down the road from my house. Some of these hackers have gone a month or more without a shower.. I’m planning on staying at a hostile or a hotel room every five or six days. I’ll still stink because five days straight hiking will do that.🤣🤣🤣
 

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Yes, I have smelled a few. I used to live in the Berkshires and the Appalachian trail is right down the road from my house. Some of these hackers have gone a month or more without a shower.. I’m planning on staying at a hostile or a hotel room every five or six days. I’ll still stink because five days straight hiking will do that.🤣🤣🤣

The stench is natural and woodsmoke mitigates it on clothes and so forth. I've gone a week maximum without a shower or swimming (too cold), but I
really don't really think about it much. Where it is warm you can take a dip or maybe rinse your clothes. Synthetics dry fast. Your nose will adjust to
an extent. If it's too cold to go swimming (I almost always make myself) then you don't sweat as much. No cotton. None. Get synthetic socks, for sure. I
rinse them out and just hang them off my pack to dry as I hate having to multi-day socks.

On the trail it's quick-dry synthetics and fleece and that's it outside of a rain jacket.

One tip is to bring butt-wipes to prevent swamp ass and eliminate skidmarks. You can find bio-degradables if you look, but
those things are a must.
 

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The stench is natural and woodsmoke mitigates it on clothes and so forth. I've gone a week maximum without a shower or swimming (too cold), but I
really don't really think about it much. Where it is warm you can take a dip or maybe rinse your clothes. Synthetics dry fast. Your nose will adjust to
an extent. If it's too cold to go swimming (I almost always make myself) then you don't sweat as much. No cotton. None. Get synthetic socks, for sure. I
rinse them out and just hang them off my pack to dry as I hate having to multi-day socks.

On the trail it's quick-dry synthetics and fleece and that's it outside of a rain jacket.

One tip is to bring butt-wipes to prevent swamp ass and eliminate skidmarks. You can find bio-degradables if you look, but
those things are a must.
I agree Whose gonna smell you in the middle of no where.....and man wipes are the best thing since baby wipes lol....

~Dee~
 

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I agree Whose gonna smell you in the middle of no where.....and man wipes are the best thing since baby wipes lol....

~Dee~

The problem comes when you roll into town to go to a market or check into a motel and become aware of grossing
somebody out, but it's not a big deal. They're used to trail folks and get it.

Where I go for hiking there is a store just outside the perimeter of Baxter Park that has great coin-op
showers. I was reluctant to try them at first, but they keep them clean and that first 20-minute
shower and finally changing into clean clothes is a slice of heaven.
 

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The problem comes when you roll into town to go to a market or check into a motel and become aware of grossing
somebody out, but it's not a big deal. They're used to trail folks and get it.

Where I go for hiking there is a store just outside the perimeter of Baxter Park that has great coin-op
showers. I was reluctant to try them at first, but they keep them clean and that first 20-minute
shower and finally changing into clean clothes is a slice of heaven.
I never checked into a hotel, stores yep.... I’m not going to lie fresh water streams were my favorite bathing sights lol. But I was a unique person back in the day... My hubby would never ever hike the trail or not ever travel without a Hotel lol. Ive tried to convince him to go cross country in a RV he’s not loving it lol. It is what it is lol.

Hiking it was the best experience I ever had ....

~Dee~
 

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I’ve never come close to a thru hike, but I used to love going out to the Mt Rodgers’s and graceland highlands area in VA. When I was in my early 20s I could go out there for four or five days cause I had no responsibilities. I also had no problem then hiking 12 to 15 miles a day with 90 pounds.
I saw people who would really try to shave weight but I never worried about it. Id carry a tarp, rope, blanket, 2 gallons of water (id rather carry it than purify it) homemade beef jerky, granola, prunes, and a lot of weed and whiskey.
There were wild horses up there, but the huge bulls running around could be scary.
The app trail ran through there but there were hundreds of miles of side trails. I miss those days.
These pics were from a random snowstorm in April or may Up there with an old flip phone. there is a horse in one of them. It was really easy to get caught in terrible weather.
 

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The US government is trying to fine Youtubers for posting their video journals. There’s a battle going on right now regarding the US government overstepping. I would like to do a YouTube journal when I decide to do my thru hike.. if not, I’ll do a picture and written journal for the planet. That’s if it’s still here in about 3 1/2 years lol
How can they fine hikers for posting a video? I didn't have that issue in 2003. Just had photos. From a camera. Did have a cell phone. Back then there were payphones everywhere. In 2006 there were still phones in the GA and North Carolina but they scarce.
 

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Yes, I have smelled a few. I used to live in the Berkshires and the Appalachian trail is right down the road from my house. Some of these hackers have gone a month or more without a shower.. I’m planning on staying at a hostile or a hotel room every five or six days. I’ll still stink because five days straight hiking will do that.🤣🤣🤣
Lucky you. The Berkshires were a nice part of the trail. Roads every 6-8 miles and lots of restaurants. Pretty scenery and not too hilly. Greylock had the usual obnoxious mountain-top-with-a-paved-road gaggle of tourists, but by the time we hit Mass, we were stridin' and glidin'
 
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