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Astro on the AT 2019

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    • Astro on the AT 2019

      The plan is for this to be the last one of these. :)
      Only 340.1 miles to go to complete the AT, so if my body holds up this will be the year.

      I made my reservations with the AMC this week. Will catch the shuttle to the Gail River Trail on the morning of 6/19.

      6/18 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge
      6/19 Galehead Hut
      6/20 Zealand Falls Hut
      6/21 Crawford Notch - AMC Highland Center (Highland Shapleigh Bunkhouse)
      6/22 Mizpah Hut
      6/23 Lake of the Clouds Hut
      6/24 Madison Spring Hut
      6/25 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge

      6/26 I will swap my day pack for my real pack and then head for Carter Notch.

      Plan is to make it to Mt Katahdin by 7/28 (40 days). But I have a little buffer added in case I get banged up or go slower than expected.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton.
      Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter.
      Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn.
      We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy.
    • LIhikers wrote:

      While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton.
      Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter.
      Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn.
      We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy.
      Looking forward to it! :thumbup:
      I am the slow moving old white haired guy. And to make it easier to recognize me I believe I will leave my ATC hat at home and wear an Astro cap instead.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General

      The post was edited 1 time, last by Astro ().

    • LIhikers wrote:

      While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton.
      Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter.
      Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn.
      We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy.
      i'm sure you have a good reason, but i'm curious why you would choose to hike south for 70 miles and then go thru the hassle and expense of shuttling back to your starting point and resume hiking north.
      2,000 miler
    • Astro wrote:

      I made my reservations with the AMC this week. Will catch the shuttle to the Gale River Trail on the morning of 6/19.


      6/18 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge
      6/19 Galehead Hut
      6/20 Zealand Falls Hut
      Well darn. A Wednesday start doesn't work well for my hike over Franconia Ridge. This work thing is really getting in the way of my hobbies.

      Have a blast. And do not miss the scenic view loop trail north of Zealand Mountain.
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Crawford Notch NH.
    • Astro wrote:



      I made my reservations with the AMC this week. Will catch the shuttle to the Gail River Trail on the morning of 6/19.

      6/18 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge
      6/19 Galehead Hut
      6/20 Zealand Falls Hut
      6/21 Crawford Notch - AMC Highland Center (Highland Shapleigh Bunkhouse)
      6/22 Mizpah Hut
      6/23 Lake of the Clouds Hut
      6/24 Madison Spring Hut
      6/25 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge
      did your credit card company call you to verify that the numerous large dollar transactions were legit? :)
      2,000 miler
    • max.patch wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      I made my reservations with the AMC this week. Will catch the shuttle to the Gail River Trail on the morning of 6/19.

      6/18 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge
      6/19 Galehead Hut
      6/20 Zealand Falls Hut
      6/21 Crawford Notch - AMC Highland Center (Highland Shapleigh Bunkhouse)
      6/22 Mizpah Hut
      6/23 Lake of the Clouds Hut
      6/24 Madison Spring Hut
      6/25 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge
      did your credit card company call you to verify that the numerous large dollar transactions were legit? :)
      Hey for two years I had planned to make it thru the Whites without using the huts. But with my advanced age and fragile body I decided it was time to bite the bullet and take the advice I had been getting to make it a little easier on my body (although not my wallet). :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • StalkingTortoise wrote:

      Astro wrote:

      I made my reservations with the AMC this week. Will catch the shuttle to the Gale River Trail on the morning of 6/19.


      6/18 Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge
      6/19 Galehead Hut
      6/20 Zealand Falls Hut
      Well darn. A Wednesday start doesn't work well for my hike over Franconia Ridge. This work thing is really getting in the way of my hobbies.
      Have a blast. And do not miss the scenic view loop trail north of Zealand Mountain.
      Sorry it didn't worry out. But here is to hoping we both have great weather when we go.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • max.patch wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton.
      Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter.
      Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn.
      We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy.
      i'm sure you have a good reason, but i'm curious why you would choose to hike south for 70 miles and then go thru the hassle and expense of shuttling back to your starting point and resume hiking north.
      That way we have about 70 miles to build some trail legs before going over the mountain (that I can't remember the name of) that's just north of Stratton
    • LIhikers wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton.
      Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter.
      Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn.
      We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy.
      i'm sure you have a good reason, but i'm curious why you would choose to hike south for 70 miles and then go thru the hassle and expense of shuttling back to your starting point and resume hiking north.
      That way we have about 70 miles to build some trail legs before going over the mountain (that I can't remember the name of) that's just north of Stratton
      makes sense! i figured there was a reasonable explanation.
      2,000 miler
    • LIhikers wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton.
      Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter.
      Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn.
      We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy.
      i'm sure you have a good reason, but i'm curious why you would choose to hike south for 70 miles and then go thru the hassle and expense of shuttling back to your starting point and resume hiking north.
      That way we have about 70 miles to build some trail legs before going over the mountain (that I can't remember the name of) that's just north of Stratton
      Glastenbury?
      "Dazed and Confused"
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      Plant a tree
      Take a kid hiking
      Make a difference
    • jimmyjam wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      max.patch wrote:

      LIhikers wrote:

      While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton.
      Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter.
      Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn.
      We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy.
      i'm sure you have a good reason, but i'm curious why you would choose to hike south for 70 miles and then go thru the hassle and expense of shuttling back to your starting point and resume hiking north.
      That way we have about 70 miles to build some trail legs before going over the mountain (that I can't remember the name of) that's just north of Stratton
      Glastenbury?
      I am thinking probably Bigelow.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General