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(AP News)   83 year old man becomes the oldest person to ever hike the Appalachian Trail. No word on who the lucky lady was   (apnews.com) divider line
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2021-11-08 11:03:52 AM  
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2021-11-08 11:06:20 AM  
Big deal. I hiked the width of the AT a bunch of times. Wasn't even out of breath.
 
2021-11-08 11:08:41 AM  
"No word on who the lucky lady was"

His nurse?
 
2021-11-08 11:09:46 AM  
Nimblewill looks related to Dumbledore.
 
2021-11-08 11:10:50 AM  
Not a thru hike, so it really does not count.

/Just kidding.
//Good job, old dude.
 
2021-11-08 11:11:48 AM  
It's more than just the AT. He combined Pinhoti, Benton McCaye, and the AT (Total mileage 2800+).

I've heard of the guy over the years. He's something of a legend in the long term hiking community.
 
2021-11-08 11:14:34 AM  
So a guy walked, I learned to do that when I was one
 
2021-11-08 11:14:38 AM  
Check out his website for those interested.
 
2021-11-08 11:17:03 AM  
How do you know someone has hiked the Appalachian Trail?  Don't worry, they'll tell you
 
2021-11-08 11:17:09 AM  
Oldest person that made it. There are uncountable numbers of old people who could have attempted it and never returned.
 
2021-11-08 11:18:39 AM  
I got winded taking a crap. So quite an a amazing accomplishment from my perspective.
 
2021-11-08 11:20:51 AM  

PirateKing: Oldest person that made it. There are uncountable numbers of old people who could have attempted it and never returned.


It's too late for them. Appalachia has them now.
 
2021-11-08 11:24:20 AM  

Mock26: Not a thru hike, so it really does not count.

/Just kidding.
//Good job, old dude.


Gahd I farking hate athlete negativists & one-uppers who chime in with crap like that. They're effing everywhere at all times too. Just be kind.

Pernicious online, and they particularly like to police the athletic achievements of older, heavier, and/or female people.
 
2021-11-08 11:25:18 AM  

Watubi: How do you know someone has hiked the Appalachian Trail?  Don't worry, they'll tell you


At least they're less insufferable than the Everests or Crossfitters. That old scratch appears to have some more miles in him. I would gladly transport his medical equipment on the final journey across Mongolia
 
2021-11-08 11:27:47 AM  

Another Government Employee: It's more than just the AT. He combined Pinhoti, Benton McCaye, and the AT (Total mileage 2800+).

I've heard of the guy over the years. He's something of a legend in the long term hiking community.


Legendary Optometrist
 
2021-11-08 11:28:07 AM  
It's nice he completed it.  Arranging logistics for a bunch of section hikes is difficult.  That said, you could leave a one mile stretch uncompleted and finish it at most any age.  It's a goofy record.

Basically, I'm glad he had fun hiking.
 
2021-11-08 11:28:41 AM  
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2021-11-08 11:31:30 AM  
I would consider it if I had time and full time remote work, I can't imagine the logistics of doing the whole trail then getting back home.
 
2021-11-08 11:33:58 AM  

theresnothinglft: I would consider it if I had time and full time remote work, I can't imagine the logistics of doing the whole trail then getting back home.


Through-hiking the AT or PCT is often a "just leave your job & go get a new one 6 months later" type of endeavor.
 
2021-11-08 11:58:29 AM  
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"You merely adopted the Appalachians...I was born in them, molded by them..."
 
2021-11-08 12:04:12 PM  

GregInIndy: theresnothinglft: I would consider it if I had time and full time remote work, I can't imagine the logistics of doing the whole trail then getting back home.

Through-hiking the AT or PCT is often a "just leave your job & go get a new one 6 months later" type of endeavor.


Yeah, I thought about doing it and at one point was probably in good enough shape to have attempted it, but it's practically impossible with a job and children. It's also seriously super hard on the body, more than most people expect. I don't know what the quit rate is but it's between 70 and 80%, and like 50% of people quit in the first week.
 
2021-11-08 12:05:32 PM  
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2021-11-08 12:07:19 PM  

GregInIndy: Mock26: Not a thru hike, so it really does not count.

/Just kidding.
//Good job, old dude.

Gahd I farking hate athlete negativists & one-uppers who chime in with crap like that. They're effing everywhere at all times too. Just be kind.

Pernicious online, and they particularly like to police the athletic achievements of older, heavier, and/or female people.


Maybe older, heavier, and/or female people should not make inaccurate claims and just enjoy their great experiences/achievements?
You already sound triggered, so I'm not intending to trigger you any more.
If someone older/ heavier told me that they ran 18 miles I would be really impressed.
If they told me that they ran a marathon then realized that they ran 18 miles and stopped, that would have a different impact on me.
 
2021-11-08 12:10:35 PM  
Quote of the day:"I've got a couple skid marks on me, but I'm ok"
Says old man walking alone through the woods.
 
2021-11-08 12:21:08 PM  

Resident Muslim: Maybe older, heavier, and/or female people should not make inaccurate claims and just enjoy their great experiences/achievements?


He didn't make an inaccurate claim though. So screw that noise. Everyone knows there's both through-hiking and segment hiking, and both are legit achievements.

It's always internet couch potato D-bags policing & picking at the genuine successes of people who actually go out & do awesome things.  They can all get bent.
 
2021-11-08 12:22:50 PM  
So If I was that 4 year old I would hike the trail 'till i am on the last leg then stop, wait 84 yrs or so then continue to the end and that would make me the youngest and oldest person to complete it.  ...not a big deal
 
2021-11-08 12:25:16 PM  
 
2021-11-08 12:29:07 PM  

AxL sANe: Approves of the headline...
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That's only 12 years ago and already it feels like some obscure reference that only a handful of people remember.
 
2021-11-08 12:32:51 PM  

weirdneighbour: So If I was that 4 year old I would hike the trail 'till i am on the last leg then stop, wait 84 yrs or so then continue to the end and that would make me the youngest and oldest person to complete it.  ...not a big deal


You would only need to wait 80 years. You would be 84 years old and beat his record. We would hate to see you waste your entire life for nothing.
 
2021-11-08 12:33:29 PM  

Ker_Thwap: It's nice he completed it.  Arranging logistics for a bunch of section hikes is difficult.  That said, you could leave a one mile stretch uncompleted and finish it at most any age.  It's a goofy record.

Basically, I'm glad he had fun hiking.


Yeah.  Age on section hikes doesn't mean much unless you have both a start and a finish.

GregInIndy: Through-hiking the AT or PCT is often a "just leave your job & go get a new one 6 months later" type of endeavor.


Likewise the CDT.

Now, you **really** want a challenge.  Do all three.  In one year.  (Section hiking, weather constraints preclude doing all three as thru-hikes.)

Hint:  The current lifetime total of people who have done all three trails in a year is the same as the current lifetime total of people who have walked on the moon.
 
2021-11-08 12:33:34 PM  

GregInIndy: female people.


Tell me you're a farker without telling me you're a farker.
 
2021-11-08 12:35:28 PM  

Katwang: weirdneighbour: So If I was that 4 year old I would hike the trail 'till i am on the last leg then stop, wait 84 yrs or so then continue to the end and that would make me the youngest and oldest person to complete it.  ...not a big deal

You would only need to wait 80 years. You would be 84 years old and beat his record. We would hate to see you waste your entire life for nothing.


All the while knowing there's some 5 year old punk waiting in the wings to crush your record...
 
2021-11-08 12:37:05 PM  

Watubi: How do you know someone has hiked the Appalachian Trail?  Don't worry, they'll tell you


One of my best friends has section hiked it twice (both directions) and through hiked it once. When you look at the planning and logistics involved (the through-hike took 18 months to plan), you realize it IS a major accomplishment.

I've thought about doing it over the years, but never have been out more than 5 days at a time.
 
2021-11-08 12:42:31 PM  
"What was the hardest part of the trail? I would probably say that fight with the Balrog in eastern PA."

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2021-11-08 12:46:39 PM  

Loren: Now, you **really** want a challenge.  Do all three.  In one year.  (Section hiking, weather constraints preclude doing all three as thru-hikes.)

Hint:  The current lifetime total of people who have done all three trails in a year is the same as the current lifetime total of people who have walked on the moon.


To each their own, but I wouldn't even want to attempt that. You'd be in a hurry. All the time. Blergh.

Personally, I'm gearing up to ride the Tour Divide in a year or two. Biking, analogous to the CDT, riding dirt roads from Banff Alberta along the continental divide to Antelope Wells NM. Should take ~3-4 weeks?
 
2021-11-08 12:48:51 PM  

bdub77: "What was the hardest part of the trail? I would probably say that fight with the Balrog in eastern PA."

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Out there yelling "You Shall Not Pass!" at every. single. hiker coming the other way.
 
2021-11-08 12:48:56 PM  
"You can seek peace. That doesn't mean that you're going to find it."

Walk on dude, I am glad you found peace.
 
2021-11-08 12:49:10 PM  

Loren: Ker_Thwap: It's nice he completed it.  Arranging logistics for a bunch of section hikes is difficult.  That said, you could leave a one mile stretch uncompleted and finish it at most any age.  It's a goofy record.

Basically, I'm glad he had fun hiking.

Yeah.  Age on section hikes doesn't mean much unless you have both a start and a finish.

GregInIndy: Through-hiking the AT or PCT is often a "just leave your job & go get a new one 6 months later" type of endeavor.

Likewise the CDT.

Now, you **really** want a challenge.  Do all three.  In one year.  (Section hiking, weather constraints preclude doing all three as thru-hikes.)

Hint:  The current lifetime total of people who have done all three trails in a year is the same as the current lifetime total of people who have walked on the moon.


Frankly, a Triple Crown in one year would be impossible (each of them takes 5-8 months)-. I do know there are a couple of people that have completed all three in less than three years.
 
2021-11-08 12:52:33 PM  
Growing up in New England my friends and I would talk about trying the whole thing, but it never happened. The closest I got was a three day weekend hike through the Great Barrington area.

I know a guy who did the entire trail. He said it rained for something like 50 straight days. That's a big nope for me.
 
2021-11-08 12:54:59 PM  
I imagine that it's like this when he talks...

But seriously, well done mate!

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2021-11-08 12:59:13 PM  
This reminds me. I need to walk down to the end of the driveway and check the mail at some point.
 
2021-11-08 1:05:02 PM  
Hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Who has the time for that?
 
2021-11-08 1:05:31 PM  
Has read lots of Bill Bryson books.
 
2021-11-08 1:07:47 PM  

bdub77: "What was the hardest part of the trail? I would probably say that fight with the Balrog in eastern PA."

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Years living naked in a hole, practicing the holy gift of silence, and then one day, along comes the Messiah. Bugger anchoritism for a game of soldiers!

TV cameras are pure evil.
 
2021-11-08 1:08:23 PM  

GregInIndy: bdub77: "What was the hardest part of the trail? I would probably say that fight with the Balrog in eastern PA."

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Out there yelling "You Shall Not Pass!" at every. single. hiker coming the other way.


LOL
 
2021-11-08 1:10:11 PM  
Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979 Alright I am the Messiah
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2021-11-08 1:23:30 PM  

GregInIndy: Mock26: Not a thru hike, so it really does not count.

/Just kidding.
//Good job, old dude.

Gahd I farking hate athlete negativists & one-uppers who chime in with crap like that. They're effing everywhere at all times too. Just be kind.

Pernicious online, and they particularly like to police the athletic achievements of older, heavier, and/or female people.


Yeah, I hate them, too, and I was making fun of them with my post. I added the "/Just kidding." and the "//Good job, old dude." to show that I my comment was not being directed at this guy.
 
2021-11-08 1:31:14 PM  
Mock26: Not a thru hike, so it really does not count.

/Just kidding.
//Good job, old dude.


Just to clarify, my "does not count" comment was intended as a joke, as indicated by the "just kidding" slashie. Apparently some people are either incapable of seeing text after the slash or they simply cannot comprehend what "just kidding" means. So I will say this one more time and use small words so to make sure some of you will know what I mean when I say, "I first group of words were a joke." To this I would add that "/just kidding" means that my words were a joke. So calm down. Have a drink. Chill out.
 
2021-11-08 1:40:35 PM  

Another Government Employee: Loren: Ker_Thwap: It's nice he completed it.  Arranging logistics for a bunch of section hikes is difficult.  That said, you could leave a one mile stretch uncompleted and finish it at most any age.  It's a goofy record.

Basically, I'm glad he had fun hiking.

Yeah.  Age on section hikes doesn't mean much unless you have both a start and a finish.

GregInIndy: Through-hiking the AT or PCT is often a "just leave your job & go get a new one 6 months later" type of endeavor.

Likewise the CDT.

Now, you **really** want a challenge.  Do all three.  In one year.  (Section hiking, weather constraints preclude doing all three as thru-hikes.)

Hint:  The current lifetime total of people who have done all three trails in a year is the same as the current lifetime total of people who have walked on the moon.

Frankly, a Triple Crown in one year would be impossible (each of them takes 5-8 months)-. I do know there are a couple of people that have completed all three in less than three years.


Fastest recognized times:
Appalachian Trail: 46 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes.
Pacific Crest Trail: 53 days, 6 hours, 37 minutes.
Continental Divide Trail: 59 days, 8 hours, 14 minutes.

So in theory it is possible to do all three with a total trail time of 160 days. Add in travel times to the next trail and it is actual possible in a single year. And while as far as I know this has never been done in a single year there are people who have completed all three in less than 365 days of trail time. The top female and male are:

Heather Anderson: 251 days and change.
Jeff Garmire: 252 days and change.
 
2021-11-08 1:48:32 PM  

Mock26: And while as far as I know this has never been done in a single year


I stand corrected. There have been people who have completed the Triple Crown within a single year. There is actual a term for this endeavor, "The Calendar Year Triple Crown." The first person to do this is Brian Johnson, who completed it over a course of 10 months in 2000-2001.
 
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