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    22-Miler on the Fiery Gizzard to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicides

    Banged out 22 miles yesterday on the Fiery Gizzard Trail to raise awareness of the Veteran Suicide rate that currently averages 22 deaths a day. Originally planned a hiking trip with my buddy Jaxx. Jaxx had to bow out for work so I decided to do this hike instead. Hope you enjoy the short video.

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    Wow. This is a sad and somber fact. I had no idea about the 22 suicides a day. Thanks for doing this and thanks for the service to our country. Was the pool you swam in Foster falls? Again thanks for the video and your service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    Wow. This is a sad and somber fact. I had no idea about the 22 suicides a day. Thanks for doing this and thanks for the service to our country. Was the pool you swam in Foster falls? Again thanks for the video and your service.
    I couldn't believe the number the first time I heard it either. You are welcome...I happily volunteered and enjoyed every second of my time while in with few exceptions. The pool was towards the other end of the trail. Its just over 2.5 miles from the north trailhead.
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    Are you from Huntsville? I only wish I could do 22 in a day. My last hike was back in May and life/heat have gotten in the way since then. I need to get back out there but this heat is hard on an old man. Thanks for the info as this hike is on my todo list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    Are you from Huntsville? I only wish I could do 22 in a day. My last hike was back in May and life/heat have gotten in the way since then. I need to get back out there but this heat is hard on an old man. Thanks for the info as this hike is on my todo list.
    Yes, I am in Huntsville. The heat definitely gives me pause. I originally intended to camp last night following my hike but I wasn't convinced I would be a comfortable as I wanted to be. Plus I was t-i-r-e-d. I usually go someplace like Cheaha this time of the year because you can camp by the falls and there is a great pool to swim in at the end of your hike to cool off and clean up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapenut View Post
    Yes, I am in Huntsville. The heat definitely gives me pause. I originally intended to camp last night following my hike but I wasn't convinced I would be a comfortable as I wanted to be. Plus I was t-i-r-e-d. I usually go someplace like Cheaha this time of the year because you can camp by the falls and there is a great pool to swim in at the end of your hike to cool off and clean up.
    Do you have any directions. Cheaha is on my radar as well so any suggestions as to trails and loops, etc. would be welcome. I'm a 8-12 miller a day myself but I'm dying to get back out.

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    Great video. I spent the first 20 summers of my life in the Tennessee mountains at a place called Monteagle. I used to jump off a rock to the right of the swimming hole you were in.

    It was a long way down.

    I did it again last year (4 times) at age 48 and my left gloutimous blew up like a balloon. At least I tried?

    Those were the days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    Do you have any directions. Cheaha is on my radar as well so any suggestions as to trails and loops, etc. would be welcome. I'm a 8-12 miller a day myself but I'm dying to get back out.
    PM me. Maybe you can join Jaxx, Aboyd and myself for a hike in the area sometime. 8-12 is usually what we shoot for so we have plenty of camp time. G-Nut
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    Quote Originally Posted by cneill13 View Post
    Great video. I spent the first 20 summers of my life in the Tennessee mountains at a place called Monteagle. I used to jump off a rock to the right of the swimming hole you were in.

    It was a long way down.

    I did it again last year (4 times) at age 48 and my left gloutimous blew up like a balloon. At least I tried?

    Those were the days.

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    Roger that...its over my head in the middle. Great place to swim for sure!
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    Thank you for your service and this nice video. Pool looked relaxing.
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    Al
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