MCGusto wrote: In regards to both of these, does anyone have any experience hiking them in the dark?
nartreb wrote: The Airline is a tiny bit of a detour since you have to hit Madison, but if you take the cut-off trail to the hut there's basically no extra elevation gain.
nartreb wrote: Nevertheless, if this is your first dayhike of this nature, you should probably plan to descend the Crawford Path (skipping Jackson and Webster), which is a much gentler trail.
AlexeyD wrote:If the timing of your trip is within a few weeks of the summer solstice, and your begin your hike right around sunrise, you should be able to complete the entire traverse during daylight hours, even at a moderate pace..
nartreb wrote:You can park a car at one end and burn a day for transport. For example, park at Crawford or Webster , ride the shuttle to Appalachia with a tent, and stealth-camp near the trailhead. Hide the tent in the morning and come back for it once you complete the traverse and retrieve your car.
What the AMC would probably like most is if you leave the car at Appalachia and spend a night at the Highland Center ($137 in peak season) after the traverse, then shuttle to your car the next day.
Or find a driving /hiking buddy. What date did you have in mind? I'm not getting up anywhere near 4 AM though.
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