Hardcore: I read all of January and February. I finish it by next week. Good stuff. 4 stars for the AT in winter. You should put a couple of photos on this page because they are good.
I once dreamed of doing a thru hike. I hiked small sections of it in the '70s both in PA, GA, and NC. I can't remember the sections, though, because I was a kid in the Boy Scouts. Even up to about three years ago, I was planning a thru hike when I retire in 6 years. But since I started climbing mountains three years ago, backpacking seems like more of a pain-in-the-ass way to get to the mountain than something fun to do. As a result, my interest in the AT has waned. However, one thing climbing has done is taught me to lighten my pack to make room for ropes, rack, etc. I've read a couple of AT books lately and some of your story which is starting to motivate me again. It is still a goal of mine.........not in winter though. :)
Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate you on your journey. Springer is a nice addition to this site.
Thanks a lot. My plan is to rescan a bunch of pics from my 4 albums and get them online. Now that I finished uploading my most recent pics, I guess I have no excuse now!
The AT is a serious commitment to be sure. :) If my AT journal hasn't rekindled the fire in you, perhaps you may be interested in my 211 mile John Muir Trail approach to Mt. Whitney. Also done in early season. I guess I am a slow learner.
Any plans for the Continental Divide Trail?
Of course! CDT, PCT, CT, AZT, ADT, LT, NCT, IAT and those are just the ones in the US. There's a lifetime of trekking ahead of me. I'd like to be the 3rd worldwalker too but I haven't started planning that one out. Well, not too seriously anyway.
You motivated me to get some of those pictures online tonight. Not my best work by a long shot though.
Good thing you have taken the time to make this page. It sure brings the Appalachian trail into perspective by having both ends at SP.
Nice page. Could use a few more photos, but decent. Good to see this significant peak included now.