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Something Different: Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101
www.youtube.com ^ | May 23, 2013 | athike2010

Posted on 06/22/2013 9:33:52 AM PDT by Yosemitest

Watch the 7 minute 17 second video Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101.


It's brief description :


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: appalachiantrail; at; camping; health; hike; hiking; sourcetitlenoturl; travel
I just got tired of politics today.
I found it a good "introduction" to the Appalachian Trail.
I hope you enjoy it also.
1 posted on 06/22/2013 9:33:52 AM PDT by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

My partner has been ‘section hiking’ the AT here in Maine the last couple summers.

I refer to it as the green tunnel.


2 posted on 06/22/2013 9:39:59 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Yosemitest

We all need a break.


3 posted on 06/22/2013 9:48:27 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Yosemitest

Thanks for posting this! My dream is to do a thru hike when I retire from the Navy in seven years.


4 posted on 06/22/2013 9:49:22 AM PDT by bethelgrad
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To: maine yankee
I like the fact that both the young and the old are out there together hiking the trail.
Watch this 3 minute 31 second video.
5 posted on 06/22/2013 9:50:17 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: bethelgrad
I'm slowly getting all the gear I'll need to do it.
Just go and do it.
6 posted on 06/22/2013 9:51:32 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
CORRECTING A LINK:
7 posted on 06/22/2013 9:55:01 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Biggirl

Saturday is a good day to take a break.


8 posted on 06/22/2013 10:03:55 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
"introduction" to the Appalachian Trail.

..... I thought this was a Mark Sanford thread.

9 posted on 06/22/2013 10:04:01 AM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: Alex in chains

Watch it. It’s one of the better videos I’ve seen on the AT.


10 posted on 06/22/2013 10:05:40 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

My son’s friends are walking the Pacific Crest this summer from Canada to Mexico.

Pray for America to Wake Up


11 posted on 06/22/2013 10:07:22 AM PDT by bray (Stop tolerating beheading!)
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To: bray
I hope they have a really good time.
And yes, I will.
12 posted on 06/22/2013 10:09:40 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Thanks. Thru Hiking the AT has always been dream of mine.


13 posted on 06/22/2013 10:14:58 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TADSLOS
I'm not in shape to do the hike yet, but I'm working on it.
There ore other hikes to do, also, and you don't have to do it all, in one pass.
You can get on and off as you please.
14 posted on 06/22/2013 10:33:18 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

This sounds like a fascinating thing to do. I love hiking. But not with these kids.


15 posted on 06/22/2013 10:38:52 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: Yosemitest
Last year, the wife and I vacationed in the Southern Appalachians. I drove up to Clingman's Dome at 6600 ft. and hiked around a bit on the AT. Problem is, I'm a birder, and I couldn't walk more than 10 steps without stopping and watching for any new birds.

After three hours, I went about 300 meters. Lol!

Got a LOT of great birds, though...

16 posted on 06/22/2013 10:40:04 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: ottbmare
Send the kids to Summer Camo for two weeks and get away.
The Vermont Long Trail - End To End (A Beginning Backpacker's Tale) 1:11:54
17 posted on 06/22/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Flycatcher
I like looking at birds and waterfalls.
And after thirty years of using binoculars, I like Steiners.
18 posted on 06/22/2013 10:45:12 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
I typically destroy two pairs of binoculars every year performing bird surveys across the Interior West. So I can't purchase anything too expensive.

My brand of choice is the Nikon Monarch. It's a mid-level pair of binoculars with good clarity and not too expensive.

I prefer 10 x 42, even though they can get a bit heavy.

19 posted on 06/22/2013 10:49:36 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

After 30 years of Air Traffic Control, I learned that shock-proof and water-proof and fog-proof are worth the extra cost.


20 posted on 06/22/2013 10:56:52 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

I’ll probably have to settle for section hikes when the time comes.


21 posted on 06/22/2013 11:03:55 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: SJackson

Ping.


22 posted on 06/22/2013 11:05:17 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TADSLOS
Thru Hiking the AT has always been dream of mine.

It was a dream of mine back in the 70s. I ordered all the guide manuals for the whole trail (still have 'em). But all I ever did was several 3 day hikes. I am still using the Kelty backpack I bought back then.

23 posted on 06/22/2013 11:07:32 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: TADSLOS
It doesn't matter how we do it.
Just that we do it, to make us happier and healthier, and view God's beauty.
24 posted on 06/22/2013 11:08:20 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Ya’ dun’ good.

I’m currently attempting a thru hike to Canada, by way of the Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles).

I incurred a somewhat serious injury needing attention... that being said, I’m on the mends and will be back on the trail within a week.

I bagged 210 miles since leaving the US-Mexico border. Last year I managed to hike 776.4 miles, reaching the high sierras with a side trip up to the top of Mt. Whitney (14,505’). I’m way behind the herd and will likely bounce forward enough to give myself a fighting chance to reach the border sometime in October, hopefully before the snow flies. Lastly I’ll flip flop south and snag the southern located sections of the trail that I’ve bypassed.

It’s easily one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, yet one that is also profoundly gratifying.

Rainbows, unicorns and butterflies aside, I’ll sum up the experience in five words: work, work, work, work, work.


25 posted on 06/22/2013 11:09:40 AM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: Yosemitest

True.


26 posted on 06/22/2013 11:15:49 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Drawsing

Did the same thing. Had all the AT guides and maps plus the complete backpacking gear on hand to launch. “Life” kept getting in the way.


27 posted on 06/22/2013 11:20:39 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: freepersup
I don't know anything about the PCT, but I did some time at March AFB and I like the San Jacinto Mountains and the Big Bear area.
It's beautiful.
Does the PCT go thru that area?
I've also been to the Sequoia National Park and to Yosemite National Park.
But I didn't have time to see the Kings Canyon National Parks.
I wish I have seen it, though.
28 posted on 06/22/2013 11:22:41 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: freepersup

You’ll be coming by here this summer. When you get to the Trinity Alps say high. I’ll be listening.


29 posted on 06/22/2013 11:30:20 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obama; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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To: Yosemitest

The trail does indeed go up and over Mt. San Jacinto. I believe it’s the greatest elevation gain in the shortest distance of the entire trail. It weeds out the feint of heart. I told my friend “that was one mean mountain”. The trail follows the Angeles Crest westward from the Big Bear area to Agua Dulce, then turns north again. I saw the skyscrapers of LA, punching upward through the smog and/or marine layer from atop the crest. It was surreal.

On my hike last year, I stopped about 100 miles short of Yosemite. I hiked a bit in the southeastern corner of Sequoia NP, altogether missing Kings Canyon.


30 posted on 06/22/2013 11:48:42 AM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: freepersup
I just did mostly the valley and the road in and out of Yosemite.
But that probably the most beautiful National Park I've been In.
But nothing humbles you like the Sequoia National Park, except maybe the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in winter.
31 posted on 06/22/2013 12:00:45 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

My pleasure, and looking forward to it. ;o)


32 posted on 06/22/2013 12:42:54 PM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: Yosemitest

BTTT


33 posted on 06/22/2013 12:51:20 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Thanks for the bump.


34 posted on 06/22/2013 1:33:38 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

No problemo.

I want to do that hike.

My location won’t allow me view the vid .

I’ll catch later


35 posted on 06/22/2013 1:39:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Okay, thanks.


36 posted on 06/22/2013 1:40:39 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
Send the kids to Summer Camo for two weeks and get away.

Oh, my kids are wonderful. My kids are grown now. I meant, I'd have no desire to go hiking anywhere with the young people in that video.

37 posted on 06/22/2013 2:11:49 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare
But there are older people hiking, also
38 posted on 06/22/2013 2:39:54 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

I’m probably not even semi-aware of how awesome Yosemite is going to be... especially considering the fact that I will have walked to the park, in order to experience it’s majesty and splendor. I better shut up before I jinx myself. Freep on Yosemitest, freep on.


39 posted on 06/22/2013 2:56:29 PM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: freepersup
My ex-wife and me had a great three day stay in Yosemite, and that's were I got my pen-name.
But don't miss Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park if their on the PCT.
They really are worth your time.
40 posted on 06/22/2013 3:06:30 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: freepersup
Check out this map.
41 posted on 06/22/2013 3:20:28 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

I know, and I’m one of ‘em!


42 posted on 06/22/2013 3:24:09 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

I hope to be one, also, depending on the needs of my aging parents.


43 posted on 06/22/2013 3:26:33 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

I’d hike the AT if there was a guest house at the end of each day serving dinner and craft beer.


44 posted on 06/22/2013 3:30:13 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam
As you get older, and your body starts to give problems, you may wish you'd been more active.
Do it now and avoid the medical bills.
45 posted on 06/22/2013 3:37:15 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: All
Heres a 3-D map of the Appalachian Trail.
46 posted on 06/22/2013 5:09:24 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

I’m fairly active. It just strikes me that hiking the AT is masochistic, not recreational or pleasurable.


47 posted on 06/23/2013 6:41:57 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam
Think what you will, but there nothing that compares to spending time in the beauty of God's creation.
I think it's one of the most pleasant things I could do.
48 posted on 06/23/2013 6:50:32 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Oratam

It’s not a timed marathon, unless you make it one - but, it’s not to everyone’s liking either. You do need to be prepared to get wet, hot/cold and uncomfortable at times (which can be mitigated with good equipment and some common sense), but the payoff in scenery and serenity more than makes up for those.


49 posted on 06/23/2013 6:59:20 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TADSLOS

BTTT


50 posted on 06/23/2013 7:07:51 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Life is a bitch. If it was easy, we would call it a slut)
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