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    If you try it again in a couple months both of your concerns will be taken care of. You will never be truly alone for long, the trail will be quite "busy" and the weather will be much more pleasant. I started my hike on April 10 and only had 4 0r 5 days in 5 months that I didn't see other hikers. There will be people hiking at your same pace that you will probably become friends with.

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    I Learn So Others Can Too FireInMyBones's Avatar
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    Thanks for giving us the run down. I'll be looking forward to seeing you up on RHK in a few weeks and getting some more of the story.
    I can very much relate to the desire to be near others. I love a good solo trip, but after a few days I feel too isolated and run down. I'll continue to push for more days solo because it makes me stronger as a person, but if it came down to it, I prefer to hike with others.
    I'm sorry that your set up got you down. Question from your video: it sounded like you set up your tarp after your hammock. Is that correct? It would make sense that your gear would have become wet while you were setting up. After you fell asleep, that would be hard to have your tarp blow off of you.
    I'm glad you're here to tell the tale. Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickgann View Post
    Hilariously I usually want the opposite of whatever i am currently in(working on that).
    Isn't that the truth. I fall into that same category.

    I plan on doing a thru one day. It might take me 20 years, but I'll hopefully get the chance. Looking back, I wish I had done it right after college before jumping into the rat race. Ah to be 22 again and know what I know now.

    Best of luck to you!

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    It's an adventure. I plan on going from Springer to Fontana in the fall by myself. Its been a long time since I hiked by myself.

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    Hi Nick,
    I really enjoyed your 1st video and subscribed to your channel.
    Looking forward to hearing about your adventure.

    Some of the best lessons learned are when things don't go quite the way you expect them.
    With every learning experience you will become a better backwoods camper.

    I've loaded up part 2 and filled my coffee cup.
    Thanks again for sharing.
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    Great video. Very informative stuff. Rain is my biggest fear of the AT, especially early on during the colder months.

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    I really like your story/video, nickgann! One good thing about the hikes that get a bit on the tuff side is that the next few hikes are a bit more enjoyable and easier (as long as they go well)!

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    I only live ten miles from the A.T. here in Ga. I have been hiking this trail close to 40 years and most of the thru hikers that start in Jan. have a very hard time. Most don't have the right gear for some of the conditions they face that time of year. A lot of them think because Ga is in the south it should be warm but that's not always true, it can get pretty cool in these hills. Also you don't get the thru hiker community that can be a lot of fun to. Mid March is a great time to give it a shot.

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    Hi Nick, I flipped through your vids. Thanks for sharing. My sat internet isn't great, so you may have addressed this in your vids. as a future thru hiker myself, I am curious how much you have hiked the trail before you went on your hike. How did you prepare? It seems as mental as physical.

    Also, did you follow the thru's on Trail Journals last year? Last year was a terrible hiking year, but this one is shaping up to be just as bad...
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    Honesty

    I just want to say that I found your honesty refreshing. Only saw part 1, but you have a way of telling a story. Will watch the others.

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