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    Mid-Feb? Plan accordingly!

    It's gonna be cold, wet, windy, and cold. I would almost call rain gear a must on the southern AT until late March. Even if it doesn't actually rain, snow, sleet, or hail (probably will) the rain gear will do a marvelous job of keeping you warm on those windy days and nights. The bonus, the views are fantastic and forever!

    Got a gear list put together yet? What's on your wish-list? Whiteblaze is a very good resource and the archives have pure AT gold contained within them. If you can get past some of the nonsense, there really is great info to be found over there. Baltimore Jack's Resupply Guide was probably the single most valuable piece of information I found online prior to my AT hike. Still, there are one or ten of us over here that have put boot to that trail. That Blackbird you have listed is a lot of cookie weight...just sayin.
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    The AT and Hammocks

    @dipatlo My girlfriend and I (and our two dogs) are planning on hiking the trail next summer. We're not starting till April though so we probably won't get to meet.

    We're actually pretty new to the hammock camping world (new enough that we don't even own any yet), but we want to try them out this summer and see how it goes. If it's as good as it sounds then we won't be turning back and we'll be hitting the AT next summer with our awesome hammocks! We're looking at going with the WBBB and a top quilt and most likely CCF pads (unless there's a miracle and money falls from the sky so we can get under-quilts). Haven't decided on the tarps yet, but again as cheap and as light as we can go works for us. Maybe the Edge tarp from Warbonnet since they give you a pretty decent package deal. In the meant time any input seems like good input so I'm all ears.



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    i should be hitting the trail in georgia in early april 2012. gonna be rocking a kilt and a hammock, looking forward to all the hanging.
    Looking forward to meeting some good folks out there, so maybe we'll run into each other hbaum

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    @Cannibal - Yeah, I know the weather can be super craptastic that time of year, but unfortunately, that's our down time at work so it's the most feasible scheduling wise. I've only got a couple more things to buy/make to complete my kit, but I'm looking at a base weight of around 13 or 14 pounds. I'll post a gear list later. I have a few shake down hikes planned for the cooler months.

    As far as the WBBB goes, well, I pretty much refuse to give it up.
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    2012 hike

    My wife said to me, you are going to take that long hike aren't you? this was after I showed her my finished tarp and hammock. If possible I will leave about the first week in march if all the stars and planets and finances are aligned and the lottery comes in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post

    It's gonna be cold, wet, windy, and cold. I would almost call rain gear a must on the southern AT until late March. Even if it doesn't actually rain, snow, sleet, or hail (probably will) the rain gear will do a marvelous job of keeping you warm on those windy days and nights. The bonus, the views are fantastic and forever!
    depending on the wheather at the time rain gear may be needed thru the end of june, if nothing else it will it will you something to change into when you get to camp.... i did the southern 1/4 from springer mt. in 2003 and it rained on me for close to 30 days out of the 42 i was out for. was a ground dweller at the time but will say this, practice, practice, practice, setting up / tearing down your tarp. hope it goes well for ya

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    cold in march

    I can still remember some freezing mornings more than 30 years ago at those Georgia shelters to this day. didn't have problems with rain till the smokeys but that Georgia mileage was freezing.

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    I'm in the planning stage and getting the gear together for the AT solo starting in GA in 2012. Looking at a early March start. I'm near the mountains and will practice cold hiking/camping this winter with my hammock to get my cold sleeping system figured out.

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    If I sell my business I'm doing this next year.

    Hammock for the nice nights, and tent for any rainy nights.

    I find most tarps weigh more than good tents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Mid-Feb? Plan accordingly!

    It's gonna be cold, wet, windy, and cold. I would almost call rain gear a must on the southern AT until late March. Even if it doesn't actually rain, snow, sleet, or hail (probably will) the rain gear will do a marvelous job of keeping you warm on those windy days and nights. The bonus, the views are fantastic and forever!

    Got a gear list put together yet? What's on your wish-list? Whiteblaze is a very good resource and the archives have pure AT gold contained within them. If you can get past some of the nonsense, there really is great info to be found over there. Baltimore Jack's Resupply Guide was probably the single most valuable piece of information I found online prior to my AT hike. Still, there are one or ten of us over here that have put boot to that trail. That Blackbird you have listed is a lot of cookie weight...just sayin.
    PLUS: some of the support services aren't open or at least not fully functional for that early of a start. You may need to be prepared for arriving to a sign that says, "Open in 3 days" or similar.

    Being a section hiker, I also second Baltimore Jack's guide to supply along the AT, stellar advice.
    And, though it pains me to say, as Cannibal says, If/When I get to thru, I 'm leaving my Blackbird at home, going with something smaller / lighter. Being only 5' 7" I happily fit a Grand trunk UL To me, not quite as comfortable, but by using it I have more "cookie room" Plus my top AND under quilts both fit the Black Bishop Bag, whereas with the blackbird, I pretty much need to carry the TQ separately.
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