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(Kickstarter)   This Farker's husband's plan to hike the Appalachian Trail with an inoperable brain tumor. LGT his project/blog   (kickstarter.com ) divider line 234
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2012-03-22 11:35:36 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Came to ask if the tumor would be packing its own gear

/I'll take the seat next to MorrisBird


I'd use a walking stick, some nice comfortable boots and a decent packpack. I'm not even sure how I would go about using a brain tumor.

/You guys still have room?
 
2012-03-22 11:37:25 AM  
t0.gstatic.com
Really, I had to be the one to do it?
 
2012-03-22 11:38:25 AM  

dittybopper: WinoRhino: Good luck and enjoy.

On another note: People should wake up and start doing things like this because they are healthy with nothing wrong. Too many people go through the motions in life, not waking up until something like this slaps them across the face and makes them aware of the huge potential they have in the short time here. I slept for most of my teens and 20s until a far, far less traumatic event woke me up (layoff and bad breakup.) Go forth and just do. Stop planning and waiting for reasons. Life is reason enough.

/glurge

Here are some suggestions:

1. Go skydiving.
2. Rocky Mountain climbing.
3. Go 2.7 seconds on a bull named 'Fu Manchu'.


4. Love deeper
5. Speak sweeter
6. Give forgiveness you'd been denying

//get out of my head tim
///goddamnitsomuch
 
2012-03-22 11:40:10 AM  

MadOx75: The AT passes through my town, Wind Gap PA, about a mile away from my apartment. Through hikers come into town all the time to restock at the pharmacy, convenience store and supermarket, or to get some grub at one of the local restaurants. Some stay the night at the very lovely Gateway Motel, which is just off the trail. If he drops me a line when he's passing through, (and I'm home) I'll gladly run him into town for supplies and let him grab a shower at my place. EIP.


Same here near Hamburg PA, we also get a lot of hikers coming through town. I have given quite a few a ride back to the trail so they don't have to dodge 18 wheelers on the highway.

I will be following along on the blog, hope I am around (not working or vacation) when he passes through.
 
2012-03-22 11:40:46 AM  
somefarkersdaughter

Tell the tumor to tell your hubby that if you don't raise enough for the professional writing assistance/editing option, I volunteer to assist as an amateur word wrangler. Given my "body of work" it might come out reading like a technical reference manual, but hey. Bet there are some Farktographers and Pixelbenders out there who'd lend some expertise or advice as well.
 
2012-03-22 11:41:09 AM  

somefarkersdaughter: Thank you farkers we are at 55% of the goal in less than 24 hours you guys are amazing, and hubby is getting worried that he might actually have to write and be called "Wipes Hands On Pants" across the country..


Looking forward to it.
 
2012-03-22 11:42:51 AM  

somefarkersdaughter: Subby here. Thank you all for your support and kind/snarky words. Since this is Fark, I did not expect anything less. And as to this:

Darth_Lukecash: Wow, this sounds really cool.

Keep in mind folks, there is a project Kickstart attached to this. Since Subby and Hubby didn't ask for money, I thought I would point it out.

And since this is FARK- Dibs on the wife.

/I am so ashamed

We are discussing a potential reality show "Who Wants To Marry My Widow". There would obviously be a fight to the death. I am thinking rusty sporks...


To the Star Trek original series fighting song!

*Duh duh DUH DUH DUH DUH*
 
2012-03-22 11:46:00 AM  

frenchcheesemuseum: mr_bunny: What is truly important is to remember that petrochems are all evil and we should all fall to the ground
and eat dirt and beg for forgiveness from Mother Earth for our sins.

I f*cking love you, man. I LOVE YOU. don't tell your wife.


It will be our little secret. Ours, and the 20 or so people that read Fark.
 
2012-03-22 12:00:55 PM  

Frank Lyman from Amherst: Wipes Hands On M. Pants


Wipes Hands on Dino M Zaffina, pants.

/pants can either be a noun or a verb... entirely up to you.
 
2012-03-22 12:05:58 PM  

MythDragon: [t0.gstatic.com image 275x183]
Really, I had to be the one to do it?


Oh, good, now that's stuck in my head. Like a tumor like a tumor....like a tumor, like a tumor like a tumor....
 
2012-03-22 12:07:43 PM  
Look for the Kickstarter for the reality / game show "Who wants to marry my widow" soon after the hike ends :) Thanks again farkers
 
2012-03-22 12:07:53 PM  
LGT? DONT U MEAN LBGT?
 
2012-03-22 12:08:39 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Godspeed to both of you. Nobody should have to deal with this, especially so young. I hope the AT hike works out; it's a much tougher challenge than a lot of people think. He's going in the right direction, though. Let him know that when he's passing through Virginia, if he wants a spot just a 10 minute walk off-trail to recoup and get a hot shower, meal, and his pick from a cellar full of wine, I'm offering.


Pocket Ninja, you display yet another reason why you are highlighted in 'green 3' in my browser.
 
2012-03-22 12:20:07 PM  

somefarkersdaughter: Look for the Kickstarter for the reality / game show "Who wants to marry my widow" soon after the hike ends :) Thanks again farkers


We could have a dirty little same sex marriage and you wouldn't even have to change your name. :P
 
2012-03-22 12:20:24 PM  
If Subby Hubby has the chance to stop in Hot Springs, NC, the hot tub and beers are on me and Ms. CJHardin.

/50 bucks on payday in memory of my uncle who didn't have the chance to take the hike.
 
2012-03-22 12:21:57 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: LGT? DONT U MEAN LBGT?


No, it's "LGBT". The gays beat the bi's in a sissy fight for billing order. Lesbians get first, thanks to the butch wing.
 
2012-03-22 12:24:10 PM  
TheDumbBlonde puts up a post about he husband taking a hike. One day later, hubby enters a note on KickStarter, saying he's been Farked. "Less than 24 hours after the launch of the project and I am over 50% funded!"

Sounds to me like a PrettySmartBlonde.
 
2012-03-22 12:27:49 PM  

Incredulous: TheDumbBlonde puts up a post about he husband taking a hike. One day later, hubby enters a note on KickStarter, saying he's been Farked. "Less than 24 hours after the launch of the project and I am over 50% funded!"

Sounds to me like a PrettySmartBlonde.


Wrong person, dude. Re-read. :)
 
2012-03-22 12:29:23 PM  
$50 in memory of my Dad who loved the outdoors. Can't wait to see the photojournal
 
2012-03-22 12:31:21 PM  
It's been a dream of mine, too. Godspeed.
 
2012-03-22 12:33:37 PM  

Incredulous: TheDumbBlonde puts up a post about he husband taking a hike. One day later, hubby enters a note on KickStarter, saying he's been Farked. "Less than 24 hours after the launch of the project and I am over 50% funded!"

Sounds to me like a PrettySmartBlonde.


Or it could be somefarkersdaughter.
 
2012-03-22 12:41:41 PM  

SharkTrager: My thoughts are with you. Lost my dad to multiple myeloma in the fall.


Lost my dad to that too in 2001. My heart goes out to you.
 
2012-03-22 12:48:12 PM  
I don't suppose we could get enough Farkers to pitch in and combine to get the $1000 package that includes photos with a sign of our choice. Something like "Behold the power of FARK" would be cool.
 
2012-03-22 12:57:49 PM  
I started the AT southbound in 2008 - made it approximately 100 miles before my achilles tendon blew out. And I had several years of 20-30 mile military hikes with full combat load - although it had been a little over a decade since I'd done it. I admire your goal, but I STRONGLY advise against attempting a north-to-south start, especially in April. At the very least wait until late May or June.

Some things to consider:
1) North-to-south starts you at the VERY hardest part of the trail.
2) Mt. Katahdin is no stroll - there is good part of it where you will be actively climbing rock up - and down. It's pretty much up, up and up for over 5,000 feet. You won't need ropes and gear, but it's certainly no picnic stroll.
3) At the time of year you're looking to go, at the very least the first plateau is going going to have a lot of snow cover.
4) Once you make it down, and then get through the park, you start on the longest part of the entire trail that is in remote wilderness. Once you get into that, it's VERY hard to get out.
5) Even after that 100 miles, the next few hundred miles are pretty much up and down mountains - some that are harder to climb than Katahdin.
6) Did I mention the snow cover and how COLD it will be? Forget how warm it's been lately - I went in late June it was STILL damn cold - especialy at elevation.

These are but a few of the reasons that most people recommending starting in Georgia - you break yourself in a little more gently for the incredibly hard parts at the end. At the very least, if you are insistent on north-to-south, I'd recommend starting at the halfway point, heading south, and then taking a train or something to Katahdin, then head back to the halfway point. It still counts, and you WILL need a break-in period.

Should you disregard my advice, so be it. I wish you the best of luck either way. I admire your courage in the face of your current adversity.
 
2012-03-22 12:58:57 PM  
need to bookmark so I can recover the details at home. Best of luck on the hike!
 
2012-03-22 01:00:56 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: As long as he doesn't mess with the Oregon Trail... that always ends badly.


That game was so much fun. So many hours in the computer lab at school...

And good for your husband. Wishing you and him the best!
 
2012-03-22 01:01:37 PM  
Be sure to plan a nice stop in Hot Springs, North Carolina and enjoy some good Asheville beer and maybe some whitewater rafting! The springs are not that hot, but they are warm and I am sure you will need a bath by the time you get there.

Subby: Your commitment is commendable.

This is a view of Hot Springs from the Appalachian Trail:

upload.wikimedia.org


God speed!
 
2012-03-22 01:02:15 PM  
Good Luck Sir.
 
2012-03-22 01:14:34 PM  
I just gave 50 bucks. But for very personal reasons. A little over 3 years ago I was initially diagnosed with a possible stage 4 butterfly glioma. I don't wish that on my worst enemy!

Turns out they don't know what the hell the lesion in my brain is. It looked for all the world like something really deadly (the normal mortality rate is something like 98% within 6 months). After a bunch of testing a doctor basically told me "hell if I know what it is" since it hasn't grown since then.

Personally I like to think that it is afraid of the scarier parts of my brain. Hopefully the power of Fark can make subby's husband's tumor afraid of the dark places!

On the bright side I like to call mine Jean Claude since it is my personal foreign lesion.
 
2012-03-22 01:16:32 PM  

MorrisBird: I'm going to hell, but, wouldn't he have a better time if he hiked the Appalachian Trail with a hot Argentinian chick?


He appears to be updating this FAQ sections. He answered that question, "While the companionship and hiking prowess of the Argentinian women is legendary, I only speak English and I actually love my wife. My wife has however agreed to let me call her Gabriela when she visits me on the trail."

His wife has been on my favorite list for a long time, and I am really digging his sense of humor!

/Hammocks are for back sleepers. If you have trouble sleeping on your back, I would recommend the ultralight Sublight tent (new window), which weighs in at 19 oz, and packs down to almost nothing. Match it with a 3/4 length NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad (new window) at 8 oz and you will be able to get a good night sleep anywhere.
 
2012-03-22 01:23:11 PM  
My Dad is a maintainer on the AT. You might bump into him if he's out there on a given weekend to check his portion of the trails. I'll give him a heads up and he might offer you a beer if it hasn't already been used up :)
 
2012-03-22 01:24:57 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: somefarkersdaughter: Thank you farkers we are at 55% of the goal in less than 24 hours you guys are amazing, and hubby is getting worried that he might actually have to write and be called "Wipes Hands On Pants" across the country..

Heh heh


This is great!! Can we donate each month? I'd like to keep giving y'all a bump each month. Wipes Hands On Pants is a li'l better than Wipes With Pants.... Or Wets His Pants.... this is a work in progress. lol
 
2012-03-22 01:26:59 PM  

somefarkersdaughter: Thank you farkers we are at 55% of the goal in less than 24 hours you guys are amazing, and hubby is getting worried that he might actually have to write and be called "Wipes Hands On Pants" across the country..


This is great!! Can we donate each month? I'd like to keep giving y'all a bump each month. Wipes Hands On Pants is a li'l better than Wipes With Pants.... Or Wets His Pants.... this is a work in progress. lol
 
2012-03-22 01:32:53 PM  

Incredulous: TheDumbBlonde puts up a post about he husband taking a hike. One day later, hubby enters a note on KickStarter, saying he's been Farked. "Less than 24 hours after the launch of the project and I am over 50% funded!"

Sounds to me like a PrettySmartBlonde.


Subbyhubby - "My wife is actually a redhead"
 
2012-03-22 01:38:36 PM  

robkellyj: I started the AT southbound in 2008 - made it approximately 100 miles before my achilles tendon blew out. And I had several years of 20-30 mile military hikes with full combat load - although it had been a little over a decade since I'd done it. I admire your goal, but I STRONGLY advise against attempting a north-to-south start, especially in April. At the very least wait until late May or June.

Some things to consider:
1) North-to-south starts you at the VERY hardest part of the trail.
2) Mt. Katahdin is no stroll - there is good part of it where you will be actively climbing rock up - and down. It's pretty much up, up and up for over 5,000 feet. You won't need ropes and gear, but it's certainly no picnic stroll.
3) At the time of year you're looking to go, at the very least the first plateau is going going to have a lot of snow cover.
4) Once you make it down, and then get through the park, you start on the longest part of the entire trail that is in remote wilderness. Once you get into that, it's VERY hard to get out.
5) Even after that 100 miles, the next few hundred miles are pretty much up and down mountains - some that are harder to climb than Katahdin.
6) Did I mention the snow cover and how COLD it will be? Forget how warm it's been lately - I went in late June it was STILL damn cold - especialy at elevation.

These are but a few of the reasons that most people recommending starting in Georgia - you break yourself in a little more gently for the incredibly hard parts at the end. At the very least, if you are insistent on north-to-south, I'd recommend starting at the halfway point, heading south, and then taking a train or something to Katahdin, then head back to the halfway point. It still counts, and you WILL need a break-in period.

Should you disregard my advice, so be it. I wish you the best of luck either way. I admire your courage in the face of your current adversity.


-Subbyhubby - " No I completely understand what I am getting into.. And WHY less than 1000 people actually completed the trail southbound - The idea is to go light and SLOW through the 100 mile wilderness.." The trick with southbound through hikes are that you don;t really get a chance to break in." I also will have a package waiting for me on the other end of the 100 mile wilderness with stuff I really did not want to carry through there." Keep it light keep it slow headed south I really can take it easy and make up time in Virginia"
 
2012-03-22 01:44:32 PM  
cancer, schmancer...
The important thing is that somefarkersdaughter got her first greenlit thread!

/hiked a tiny bit of the AT, and the farker upthread that warned re: AT-Maine is spot on.
//good luck and best wishes to you and hubby both
 
2012-03-22 01:59:17 PM  
Dhoogall, you made me tear up you farking bastid.
 
2012-03-22 02:00:55 PM  
I got 400+- miles on a S to N thru-hike attempt before injury pulled me off. It's an amazing experience.

Don't want to ruin all of the fun for the Farkers, but I recommend that you (SUBBY ) let your trail name come to you on the trail. They are traditionally handed out by fellow hikers that you meet along the way for something that you say or do etc.

I'll follow along and provide some trail magic in Georgia.

Best wishes.
 
2012-03-22 02:02:27 PM  

stpauler: Alright, I read Bill Bryson's book "A Walk in the Woods" where he hiked the AT. What pissed me off soooo much was that he quit and thus the book had a crappy conclusion. So you HAVE to finish it, dammit.


Subbyhubby - "I read that book last week and while funny I was so disappointed that they gave up so early in the book, I am going into it knowing it is going to be cold, rainy, miserable and utterly fantastic"
 
2012-03-22 02:08:29 PM  
Fark cancer. The girlfriend and I just donated. Good luck to both of you and thank you for sharing your story. Can't wait to read the book.
 
2012-03-22 02:09:13 PM  

somefarkersdaughter: -Subbyhubby


Sorry about the Cancer thing, but hopefully your hubby makes at least a footnote in America's History. I sent ya'll some cash and good luck.
 
2012-03-22 02:15:14 PM  

Dhoogall: On the bright side I like to call mine Jean Claude since it is my personal foreign lesion.


I hope you continue to be well. This cracked me up.
 
2012-03-22 02:20:32 PM  
wow, all these studly AT Farker-hikers! I've hiked maybe 10 miles worth of it in total, in parts of VA and NC where it intersects with other trails, and all I can say is "best of luck". The VA parts in particular were in awful shape. Hope it works out for subby and crew.
 
2012-03-22 02:21:21 PM  
and don't forget rain gear.
 
2012-03-22 02:23:51 PM  
Make us proud, subbyhubby. We're pulling for you!!
 
2012-03-22 02:35:18 PM  

robkellyj: I started the AT southbound in 2008 - made it approximately 100 miles before my achilles tendon blew out. And I had several years of 20-30 mile military hikes with full combat load - although it had been a little over a decade since I'd done it. I admire your goal, but I STRONGLY advise against attempting a north-to-south start, especially in April. At the very least wait until late May or June.

Some things to consider:
1) North-to-south starts you at the VERY hardest part of the trail.
2) Mt. Katahdin is no stroll - there is good part of it where you will be actively climbing rock up - and down. It's pretty much up, up and up for over 5,000 feet. You won't need ropes and gear, but it's certainly no picnic stroll.
3) At the time of year you're looking to go, at the very least the first plateau is going going to have a lot of snow cover.
4) Once you make it down, and then get through the park, you start on the longest part of the entire trail that is in remote wilderness. Once you get into that, it's VERY hard to get out.
5) Even after that 100 miles, the next few hundred miles are pretty much up and down mountains - some that are harder to climb than Katahdin.
6) Did I mention the snow cover and how COLD it will be? Forget how warm it's been lately - I went in late June it was STILL damn cold - especialy at elevation.

These are but a few of the reasons that most people recommending starting in Georgia - you break yourself in a little more gently for the incredibly hard parts at the end. At the very least, if you are insistent on north-to-south, I'd recommend starting at the halfway point, heading south, and then taking a train or something to Katahdin, then head back to the halfway point. It still counts, and you WILL need a break-in period.

Should you disregard my advice, so be it. I wish you the best of luck either way. I admire your courage in the face of your current adversity.


What about drop bears??
 
2012-03-22 02:46:02 PM  

Dhoogall: On the bright side I like to call mine Jean Claude since it is my personal foreign lesion.


*groan*

Off to inflict that joke on others!
 
2012-03-22 02:55:32 PM  
As someone who has had 2 brain tumor surgeries + radiation, good luck guys!! I'm with you in spirit, while drinking a cold one in your honor
 
2012-03-22 03:01:05 PM  
MythDragon

robkellyj: I started the AT southbound in 2008 - made it approximately 100 miles before my achilles tendon blew out. And I had several years of 20-30 mile military hikes with full combat load - although it had been a little over a decade since I'd done it. I admire your goal, but I STRONGLY advise against attempting a north-to-south start, especially in April. At the very least wait until late May or June.

Some things to consider:
1) North-to-south starts you at the VERY hardest part of the trail.
2) Mt. Katahdin is no stroll - there is good part of it where you will be actively climbing rock up - and down. It's pretty much up, up and up for over 5,000 feet. You won't need ropes and gear, but it's certainly no picnic stroll.
3) At the time of year you're looking to go, at the very least the first plateau is going going to have a lot of snow cover.
4) Once you make it down, and then get through the park, you start on the longest part of the entire trail that is in remote wilderness. Once you get into that, it's VERY hard to get out.
5) Even after that 100 miles, the next few hundred miles are pretty much up and down mountains - some that are harder to climb than Katahdin.
6) Did I mention the snow cover and how COLD it will be? Forget how warm it's been lately - I went in late June it was STILL damn cold - especialy at elevation.

These are but a few of the reasons that most people recommending starting in Georgia - you break yourself in a little more gently for the incredibly hard parts at the end. At the very least, if you are insistent on north-to-south, I'd recommend starting at the halfway point, heading south, and then taking a train or something to Katahdin, then head back to the halfway point. It still counts, and you WILL need a break-in period.

Should you disregard my advice, so be it. I wish you the best of luck either way. I admire your courage in the face of your current adversity.

What about drop bears??


Didn't encounter any. But after a couple of weeks of MRE's, I've dropped things that felt like bears...
 
2012-03-22 03:25:02 PM  
finally I can post my own comments
 
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