Preparing for 2017 AT Thru-Hike
Hi Folks! My name is Tom and April 10th, 2017 is my scheduled start date for my NOBO AT thru-hike adventure. A little bit about myself. I’m happily married and this May we will celebrate our 38th anniversary. We have three adult children and 4 amazing grandchildren from our oldest son and his wife. I recently retired from my job, and before I move into my encore career I decided that now is the perfect time to go on this journey. An added bonus is that I will be thru-hiking with one of my sons.
I’ve been preparing for a while, comparing notes with other hikers, watching numerous YouTube videos, and doing a lot of reading. I’m not going ultra-light, but I’ve limited myself to a 48liter pack. I’ve amassed the gear that I think I need and beginning to think that you won’t really know ‘need’ until you put some time in on the trail. I look forward to keeping you posted on my journey and sharing this wonderful experience.
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Good luck Tom…. I envy you! As im approaching retirement, I hope one day I could bite-the-bullet and do the same thing
Hi Tom, hope to see you on the trail, my wife and I are setting out on the 5th of April. Good luck to you and your son and have fun.
I am doing the same retired last week. Start the Trail next weekend. Got the grace of my wife and kids. Nervously excited!
Hi Tom, My son and I hiked about 1000 miles of the Trail together in 2002 until he had to go back for college. I then flipped up to Maine and finished with friends I met on the Trail. Best thing I’ve ever done with my son. We got to really know each other and still talk about it. I hiked it again in 2006-2007 then the southern half with my wife in 2015. Have fun, Backfire.
Best of Luck Tom!
Best wishes for your adventure Tom and son!