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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
State: California
Country: U.S.A.
Begins: Aug 17, 2012
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Mar 1st, 2012

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 693
Journal Visits: 28,099
Guestbook Views: 801
Guestbook Entrys: 6

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Planning Start Date

Though it could change, I’m currently planning on leaving May 21st. Going from Georgia to Maine is often abbreviated as NOBO (for northbound) or GA->ME (GA-Georgia, ME-Maine) From talking to a few PCT thru-hikers who had a similar pace as me, who went on to hike the AT, it will likely take me 4 to 4.5 months to hike the AT. As I want to see fall colors in Maine, I’m thinking of finishing during the last week of September to the first week of October. Leaving anytime after June 1st would mean there is a good chance I wouldn ‘t be able to climb Mt. Katadyn at the end of the hike since climbing it after Oct.15 is almost impossible due to normally being closed by the park due to unsafe conditions. So May 21st, gives me up to 10 extra days for any contingencies that may come up such as injury.

However, I still don't have someone arranged to take care of my 2 small dogs. Given that one is ~16 and the other ~12, we are too attached to each other by this point for me to consider giving them up for adoption. This is the biggest issue facing my hike.

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A Walk South On The AT - 2012

One small step for man, but I'll walk even farther for a burger.

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is a more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.


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