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4/29/2019 8:12 AM
 

Son graduating from 12th grade this May and wants to do something 'epic' this summer so he asked to do the 100 mile wilderness.    Both of us in good shape and are keen the need to train up for the trip.. We will do milles at home and a  couple weekend ATC excursions in prep..  Been researching the web on it but just wanted to check in with the HPG family on the topic..  I've been a long time fan of HPG but just today decided to start posting.   Getting ready to order the Hvy Recon Kit bag for the trip..

 
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4/29/2019 10:42 AM
 

Only done a few 3-day AT hikes in PA and NH, and all of GA and bunch of TN/NC so I can't address Maine.  Resupply is an issue I've read, speaking of reading there are a few AT hiker forums (Whiteblaze) and there are up to date trail guide that have current info on hostels, resupply, shuttles etc.  The one thing that can ruin a hike super quick is boots that don't fit, and feet that aren't conditioned. Vasque Breeze GTX with green Superfeet insoles work for me.

 
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6/4/2019 8:52 PM
 
I would say Take-a-knee is spot on with the boot fitment & foot conditioning. I worked with a guy that was a pretty active hiker on short to medium hikes. He planned on doing the entire AT from GA north. About 80 miles in his feet started misbehaving. Lots of swelling and pain.

He was using a boot that he had limited experience in-which would likely be a non issue for 10-20 miles or so but not for the entire AT. It was not so much a fitment issue with him but more of a foot conditioning issue with that particular boot I believe he would have had issues with any footwear but no nearly as bad with the relatively new boots. His feet are now conditioned for long distance and he learned a valuable lesson. Multiple 10 mile hikes done on different days are not the same as one 100 or 1,000 mile hike hiking everyday.

He came off the trail for a few days but is back at it and apparently no major issues. Last I heard he is somewhere in Virginia and going strong.
 
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6/6/2019 4:28 AM
 

Thanks  to you both for the advice.  Boots/shoes and packs are getting the most attention from us right now. 

 
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