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    wanting thru hike input plz

    im getting ready to start my a t thru hike june firstish,starting pawling n y, north to katadin.take the train back to pawling,then sobo to springer.any input would be seen as kindness.
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    Start a daily cardio workout and keep it up until you leave for your trip. I thought about everything BUT that and ended up not being in decent enough shape to do any kind of real mileage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R00K View Post
    Start a daily cardio workout and keep it up until you leave for your trip. I thought about everything BUT that and ended up not being in decent enough shape to do any kind of real mileage.
    ive been doing some pretty hard traing for over a year, and a half now.i can cover more than what i expect to do as a daily average right now,but im unaware of how that will pan out with anything higher than the ozark mountains.plan to start slow and let my body tell me when im ready for the next gear.

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    Never, EVER believe a section hiker about anything! There is NOT water right around the corner, town is NOT just over the next hill, and it most certainly is NOT all downhill from here.

    Otherwise, just walk. That's all you have to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Never, EVER believe a section hiker about anything! There is NOT water right around the corner, town is NOT just over the next hill, and it most certainly is NOT all downhill from here.

    Otherwise, just walk. That's all you have to do.
    This..... +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos View Post
    This..... +1

    Bus and train service is good from Millonocket and Bangor.
    great ill look into this.the reason i wanted to start in pawling is because of the old train stop that stops right on the at ,its kind of historic ,plus ive never riden a train before so its a win-win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairbear View Post
    great ill look into this.the reason i wanted to start in pawling is because of the old train stop that stops right on the at ,its kind of historic ,plus ive never riden a train before so its a win-win.
    If memory serves, both of those are quite a distance from Katadin. I would look for bus service. Amtrak only goes to Portland. That's a long way away. Local buses would be your best bet to get there. There have to be outfitters nearby Baxter State Park. They may be able help you with those logistics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    If memory serves, both of those are quite a distance from Katadin. I would look for bus service. Amtrak only goes to Portland. That's a long way away. Local buses would be your best bet to get there. There have to be outfitters nearby Baxter State Park. They may be able help you with those logistics.
    There is a hostel in Millinocket. Call him. He is chock full of advice.
    (plus, he will do drop bucket for you through the 100 Mile Wilderness for a fee).
    He takes a load of hikers to the bus every morning at 9 am (NOBOs).

    Some go to Bangor or Portland for the Amtrack.
    Some go to Boston via bus.
    Some go to Portland via bus.

    you will have to check about the train that stops on the AT because you can only buy a ticket one way, and not the other - I forgot which it is. Either way, it was silly not to have a ticket station right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Never, EVER believe a section hiker about anything! There is NOT water right around the corner, town is NOT just over the next hill, and it most certainly is NOT all downhill from here.

    Otherwise, just walk. That's all you have to do.
    +2 for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Never, EVER believe a section hiker about anything! There is NOT water right around the corner, town is NOT just over the next hill, and it most certainly is NOT all downhill from here.

    Otherwise, just walk. That's all you have to do.
    I agree, but even more so: Never EVER believe ANYONE about anything. There is NOT water right around the corner, town is NOT just over the next hill, and it most certainly is NOT all downhill from here.

    Everyone's abilities are different! Everyone's PERCEPTIONS are different.
    A true story: I was somewhere along the AT (that stretch where the AT is the border tween NC & Tenn, I met a young couple of weekenders going the opposite direction, as usual we said hi, I told them "Plenty of water over next 4 or so miles" They said "GOOD, cause there hasn't been ANY water since we got on the trail 3 miles back!!!!" we said our goodby's. About 1/2 mile later I crossed a stream that crossed the trail, as in I GOT MY FEET WET! NO way to have missed it. "NO WATER?" I finally figured it out, they were expecting a faucet or similar every mile or so. I had to stop & have a good laugh, filled my water bottles & headed on down the trail. Crossed / passed a spring & another stream before "Their" parking lot. I often wonder about those two.
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