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    Appalachian trail?

    Just curious anyone walked it?

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    Re: Appalachian trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by gmc View Post
    Just curious anyone walked it?
    gmc, I've walked small bits and pieces of the trail on various trips to the Blue Ridge but certainly never come close to walking the entire trail. That would be quite an accomplishment!

    Bill Bryson wrote a wonderful book on his undertaking of the entire length of the trail. It's called "A Walk in the Woods".

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    Re: Appalachian trail?

    I've been on (or crossed) a few sections in Main, Vermont, Virginia, and North Carolina, but would never think of trying for the whole thing.

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    I've walked the section from Blairsville Georgia and Nantahalla River. And a couple of sections further north.

    My nephew and his wife walked the entire trail back in the 90s.
    Some areas are delightful. Others are only for the stout. Pennsylvania, from the Susquehanna river to Delaware Gap, according to them, is a killer. The almost gave up after making that section.
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    Re: Appalachian trail?

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    I've walked the section from Blairsville Georgia and Nantahalla River. And a couple of sections further north.

    My nephew and his wife walked the entire trail back in the 90s.
    Some areas are delightful. Others are only for the stout. Pennsylvania, from the Susquehanna river to Delaware Gap, according to them, is a killer. The almost gave up after making that section.
    But it's supposedly child's play compared with some sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, according to a friend who has through-hiked them both.

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    Re: Appalachian trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wandrin View Post
    But it's supposedly child's play compared with some sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, according to a friend who has through-hiked them both.
    Is that the same as the Continental Divide Trail?

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    Re: Appalachian trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wandrin View Post
    But it's supposedly child's play compared with some sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, according to a friend who has through-hiked them both.
    My nephew said that Pennsylvania was not really difficult as in the traditional sense. It is just tediously marching up and down scraggy rocky hills, with no end in sight for days. Sheer gravelly drudgery.
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    Re: Appalachian trail?

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    Is that the same as the Continental Divide Trail?
    No sir. The Continental Divide trail is more inland, running through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
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    Re: Appalachian trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    No sir. The Continental Divide trail is more inland, running through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
    OK, my mistake - I'd taken crest to be the tops of the range which, I guess, is where the divide would be.

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    Re: Appalachian trail?

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    We have national trails in England too, I've walked parts of some of them. They tend not to be as long as the one under discussion.

    The concept is flawed though. The problem is that when they're surveyed and first walked they're pristine. Put a hundred thousand boots a year over them and they break down very soon, then the gravel spreaders come in to repair the ground surface and suddenly you're walking a pavement through the countryside while never actually touching grass. When the area is naturally moist it's even more sensitive. I remember the Pennine Way in a fairly damaged state in the 60s. When I last saw the same stretch twenty years ago it would have qualified as the best road in pre-Roman Britain instead of wilderness.
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