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2012-08-13 01:16:14 PM  
I wish I could be offended by that headline, but after a walk through this hellhole of a neighborhood I work in..... I gotta agree.
 
2012-08-13 01:17:24 PM  
Actually, with a small population and recessive gene reinforcement wouldn't they evolve faster, just not into a sucessful branch?
 
2012-08-13 01:17:27 PM  
daisyfae.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-08-13 01:17:40 PM  
Sen. James Webb is on his way to kick your butt, subby.
 
2012-08-13 01:17:59 PM  
A muddy path for hippies, conceived of by socialists, built by big government democrats, through the heart of back woods welfare country. What's not to like?
 
2012-08-13 01:18:12 PM  
HOTW at the very least
 
2012-08-13 01:18:15 PM  
The entire human race is de-evolving.
 
2012-08-13 01:19:45 PM  
I really want to through-hike the AT some day.
 
2012-08-13 01:20:26 PM  

Wellon Dowd: The entire human race is de-evolving.


Are we not men?
 
2012-08-13 01:23:28 PM  

Wellon Dowd: The entire human race is de-evolving.


www.fringeunderground.com

Can relate.
 
2012-08-13 01:24:23 PM  

probesport: Wellon Dowd: The entire human race is de-evolving.

Are we not men?


D-E-V-O!
 
2012-08-13 01:25:17 PM  
having just spent the weekend on the AT with a thru-hiker from the UK i'm getting a kick...
 
2012-08-13 01:26:37 PM  

aevert: I really want to through-hike the AT some day.


I think I've managed to hike about 75-100 miles of it so far. Really enjoyable, but now we live 7-8 hours from it.

I agree, though - it'd be fun to do once. Too bad we've got 5 elder cats and a dog. The dog would happily go along. The cats? Not so much.
 
2012-08-13 01:28:07 PM  
Woo Hoo! AT thread. My sweetie has been hiking the trail this summer. She's 96.3 miles from the north end this morning. I'll be joining her on Sunday to summit Mt. Katahdin with her. (Not a euphemism.)
 
2012-08-13 01:28:10 PM  
I hiked it once in my late 20's... Not the whole thing mind you, only about 40 miles over 3 days (food and tents on our back). It was by far the most grueling thing i've done in my life, but also one of the most fulfilling.
 
2012-08-13 01:28:10 PM  

asciibaron: having just spent the weekend on the AT with a thru-hiker from the UK i'm getting a kick...


what was his trail name? "talks funny"?
 
2012-08-13 01:28:52 PM  

Ultraviolet Catastrophe: Woo Hoo! AT thread. My sweetie has been hiking the trail this summer. She's 96.3 miles from the north end this morning. I'll be joining her on Sunday to summit Mt. Katahdin with her. (Not a euphemism.)


If you don't already have a reservation for Baxter state park make sure you get there at around 5am
 
2012-08-13 01:31:22 PM  

aevert: I really want to through-hike the AT some day.


Do it. As soon as possible.
You won't be sorry.

/1,742 miles hiked so far, 438 miles left to walk.
//Hiked 1,000 miles in 2005 and sectioning since then.
 
2012-08-13 01:32:27 PM  
I drove underneath the AT on I-70 this weekend.
 
2012-08-13 01:38:19 PM  

aevert: I really want to through-hike the AT some day.


...yes definitely do it. It changed my life. Although thru-hiking the PCT was even more incredible.....
 
2012-08-13 01:38:55 PM  
I'm glad Ms. Stroud is enjoying herself, but that poor f*cking dog. Sure, it was probably a blast for him the first couple hours... but a dachshund's legs are what, 4 inches long? Little fella is quite the trooper.
 
2012-08-13 01:39:37 PM  

Warthog: A muddy path for hippies, conceived of by socialists, built by big government democrats, through the heart of back woods welfare country. What's not to like?


You mean a good test of your ability to take responsibility for your own safety and well-being while testing your physical abilities well beyond what they've ever been tested before? You mean coping with snow, rain, sleet, ice, mud, dirt, snakes, bears, wind, heat and cooking your own food well enough that you don't drop from lack of calories while walking the length of the most rugged mountain terrain in the east? You mean practicing you're-on-your-own self reliance that would make a sniveling internet libertarian piss himself and go home for a change of panties?

That's what I though you meant.
Good on you.
 
2012-08-13 01:41:31 PM  

Gaboo: I'm glad Ms. Stroud is enjoying herself, but that poor f*cking dog. Sure, it was probably a blast for him the first couple hours... but a dachshund's legs are what, 4 inches long? Little fella is quite the trooper.


Some dogs dig it. Some dogs don't. (Same as people.)
Hopefully she's taking good care of the little beast.

/Won't take my dog on any log distance hikes; just day trips.
 
2012-08-13 01:47:40 PM  

Carth: Ultraviolet Catastrophe: Woo Hoo! AT thread. My sweetie has been hiking the trail this summer. She's 96.3 miles from the north end this morning. I'll be joining her on Sunday to summit Mt. Katahdin with her. (Not a euphemism.)

If you don't already have a reservation for Baxter state park make sure you get there at around 5am


Crap! Thanks for reminding me!

Phew, just did it. There weren't many left. I got in just under the wire.
 
2012-08-13 01:50:38 PM  

Warthog: A muddy path for hippies, conceived of by socialists, built by big government democrats, through the heart of back woods welfare country. What's not to like?


you forgot alibi for extramarital affair with Argentine hotties.
 
2012-08-13 01:52:36 PM  
There's lots of poverty in the Appalachians, but I have to say that the people down there are the best. Never had a problem getting a ride, getting help of any kind. But up in MA-VT-NH it's a different story, folks not so friendly, rides much harder to come by, etc.
 
2012-08-13 01:53:48 PM  

kbronsito: you forgot alibi for REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR'S extramarital affair with Argentine hotties.


FTFY
 
2012-08-13 01:54:43 PM  

kaedric: aevert: I really want to through-hike the AT some day.

...yes definitely do it. It changed my life. Although thru-hiking the PCT was even more incredible.....


Part of me hopes that if I graduate in December I don't have a job lined up so I can use that as an excuse to at least give it a try come March or April. I have a feeling the more likely thing though is going to do it a week at a time whenever I can take vacation time. I still need a lot of money for supplies and to get in better shape before I attempt it.
 
2012-08-13 01:55:33 PM  
The AT has been there for a lot longer than 75 years.

The Indians were using it long before we came over here and converted them to christianity by killing them.
 
2012-08-13 02:06:33 PM  
"I told my wife I wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. She said, "Sure - and then you'd better keep hiking, Buster!"

/no respect
 
2012-08-13 02:10:04 PM  

T.rex: I hiked it once in my late 20's... Not the whole thing mind you, only about 40 miles over 3 days (food and tents on our back). It was by far the most grueling thing i've done in my life, but also one of the most fulfilling.


view from the AT (Peter's Mountain portion, central PA):
i45.tinypic.com

I've only hiked a tiny portion of it myself, and then only this past summer (probably would've been a lot easier if I'd been in my 20s instead of an out-of-shape 41 year old...) But I agree it was both fulfilling & a great learning experience. Suffice to say, I had a whole new appreciation for the clean, readily available water flowing from my shower when I got home. :)
 
2012-08-13 02:28:59 PM  
My brother did the whole AT about 10 years ago.

It changed his life.
 
2012-08-13 02:36:14 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: /Won't take my dog on any log distance hikes; just day trips.


I'm about on the same page as your dog when it comes to the AT. Thru-hiking is for crazy people who don't need showers. I much prefer 1-2 day section hiking. At the rate I'm going I'll finish the trail by the time I'm 80.

/I'll finish someday, dang it
 
2012-08-13 03:06:27 PM  
I love the Lemon Squeezer.
 
2012-08-13 03:27:26 PM  
I spent five weeks on the trail back when I was 16.
My group spent 4 weeks working; clearing brush and rocks off trails, reworking the slopes to improve drainage and moving small trees that had taken root in bad locations. The last week we hiked about 130 miles of it. It was amazing and I loved it and I was so glad to go home it almost hurt.
Beds are nice.
Showers are nicer.
 
2012-08-13 04:03:37 PM  

ZMugg: Wellon Dowd: The entire human race is de-evolving.

[www.fringeunderground.com image 450x299]

Can relate.


squathole.files.wordpress.com

Well, de-evolution must occur when you have a screaming woman with a pipe through her skull.
/ actually like DEVO
 
2012-08-13 04:04:27 PM  
FTA: The relocations and reconstruction also make the path itself more sustainable. It was originally routed straight up and down many mountains, exacerbating erosion and making for a difficult hike.

The AT is composed of the some of the worst trail in the U.S. The problem appears to be that there was no construction standards with the trail was built, so while you will find some amazing very sustainable sections of trail (most notable the AT that runs through Shenandoah National Park) most sections were built in a horribly unsustainable fashion.

Because largely untrained volunteers complete the majority of trail work on the AT, they do not have the knowledge to fix problems or properly construct reroutes. So, while the trail will move to resolve a problem it often is a short term solution. They have the best of intentions, even if the don't have the knowledge. (Old trail volunteers are the worst. They think their techniques are correct just because they have been doing it for so long, even when you point out that their past efforts continue to erode away.)

The most sustainable trails are currently being built and/or maintained by IMBA affiliated clubs. This is a result of IMBA hiring two crews to travel the nation and teach clubs sustainable trail building techniques, stressing the importance of not routing trails straight up and down any hills, and building trails that have features that shed water from the trail to prevent erosion.

I wish each state had the budget to hire their own training crew to train and coordinate volunteer crews across each state. Sadly, park staff seems to be one of the first things cut out of each year's annual budget.
 
2012-08-13 04:14:10 PM  

asciibaron: having just spent the weekend on the AT with a thru-hiker from the UK i'm getting a kick...


Heey! I'm thinking of doing that but you lads seem to be getting a bit shooty lately.
 
2012-08-13 04:28:41 PM  

invictus2: ZMugg: Wellon Dowd: The entire human race is de-evolving.

[www.fringeunderground.com image 450x299]

Can relate.

[squathole.files.wordpress.com image 480x411]

Well, de-evolution must occur when you have a screaming woman with a pipe through her skull.
/ actually like DEVO


oarenj.com

but the levitation trick shows otherwise
 
2012-08-13 04:46:09 PM  
My son will graduate from high school next summer so I had the brilliant idea we would hike from Stone Mountain to our home in Virginia over the summer and from our home to Maine when he got out of college. He failed to see how that might be fun. A hike to Dragon's Tooth with my hound will have to suffice.
 
2012-08-13 04:58:21 PM  
I wonder how the one Farker's husband is doing on the trail (brain tumor guy). I'm too lazy to find my password to his site. :)
 
2012-08-13 05:30:07 PM  
sometimes I feel like i have lived most of my life on that damn trail.
/grew up and still live near it
 
2012-08-13 05:43:24 PM  

StandsWithAFist: view from the AT (Peter's Mountain portion, central PA):


Couldn't you find a picture that didn't have power lines in it?
 
2012-08-13 07:32:11 PM  

Great Odins Raven: StandsWithAFist: view from the AT (Peter's Mountain portion, central PA):

Couldn't you find a picture that didn't have power lines in it?


The power line cut was one of the few places along that part of the AT offering a clear view of the surrounding countryside, aside from an outcropping called Table Rock:

i48.tinypic.com

Most of the AT I hiked consisted of a densely-wooded, rocky & narrow path barely a foot wide. I was lucky to go with experienced hikers, because without them (or the white tree markers), I would easily have gotten lost...esp. after sunset. To be honest, I was expecting more 'scenic views' during the trip, but at least the forest kept the temperature down.
 
2012-08-13 09:16:54 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Warthog: A muddy path for hippies, conceived of by socialists, built by big government democrats, through the heart of back woods welfare country. What's not to like?

You mean a good test of your ability to take responsibility for your own safety and well-being while testing your physical abilities well beyond what they've ever been tested before? You mean coping with snow, rain, sleet, ice, mud, dirt, snakes, bears, wind, heat and cooking your own food well enough that you don't drop from lack of calories while walking the length of the most rugged mountain terrain in the east? You mean practicing you're-on-your-own self reliance that would make a sniveling internet libertarian piss himself and go home for a change of panties?

That's what I though you meant.
Good on you.


SO VERY MUCH THIS^^^

/hiker
//trail name: The Guy In The Woods
 
2012-08-13 09:23:58 PM  

StandsWithAFist: Great Odins Raven: StandsWithAFist: view from the AT (Peter's Mountain portion, central PA):

Couldn't you find a picture that didn't have power lines in it?

The power line cut was one of the few places along that part of the AT offering a clear view of the surrounding countryside, aside from an outcropping called Table Rock:

[i48.tinypic.com image 550x413]

Most of the AT I hiked consisted of a densely-wooded, rocky & narrow path barely a foot wide. I was lucky to go with experienced hikers, because without them (or the white tree markers), I would easily have gotten lost...esp. after sunset. To be honest, I was expecting more 'scenic views' during the trip, but at least the forest kept the temperature down.


Visit the NH section of the AT for some great views. A clear day on Mt Washington and you can see 100 miles.
 
2012-08-13 10:42:46 PM  
Hiked several days this May in Shenandoah National Park. Beautiful place. Physically brutal though and SNP is supposed to be the "easy" party. Maybe I'm just too used to the flat land of Florida.
 
2012-08-14 08:18:54 AM  
Riff-Raff!
/obscure?
 
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