Girls and The Appalachian Trail....

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Fletch

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So the Appalachian Trail goes through New Jersey and its amazing how many girls hike it ALONE.... Yesterday I stopped at a local hot dog stand to chat with the owner and have some dogs... He has a picnic table set-up to sit down if you wish... About 100 yds down the road the Appalachian Trail crosses the road and he tends to get a lot of hikers stopping for a dog or two... Yesterday there was a girl sitting at the table enjoying a dog, so I asked her where she started her hike from... Georgia was her response... She started back in Feb. and hoped to finish in Maine before Aug. Now this trail goes through some very remote areas that are loaded with bears, rattlesnakes etc.. Talking to the hot dog guy he says its amazing how many girls pass through there hiking alone... Takes a lot of nerve... I know I wouldn't do it...
 

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I have a good friend who’s wife goes and hikes it every year for a week or 2. He drops her off someplace, comes back home, then meets her at a predetermined rendezvous point. Patti is a retired executive secretary in her mid 60s.
 
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I have a good friend who’s wife goes and hikes it every year for a week or 2. He drops her off someplace, comes back home, then meets her at a predetermined rendezvous point. Patti is a retired executive secretary in her mid 60s.
She does it alone in her mid 60's??? I give that girl credit, but God-forbid she has a medical emergency.... Time for her to get a partner....
 

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There was a lady in her 60's that died hiking that trail in Main a couple years ago. I give credit to those that make the entire trip no matter if it's man or woman. That trail gets pretty remote and rugged in more then a few places I'm sure.
 
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Fletch

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Remote and rugged as hell I'm sure... Most of the hikers encounter some Big Rattlesnakes... I showed the girl yesterday some trail cam pics of that huge bear I was chasing... She was very relieved when I told her she already hiked through that area...
 

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Remote and rugged as hell I'm sure... Most of the hikers encounter some Big Rattlesnakes... I showed the girl yesterday some trail cam pics of that huge bear I was chasing... She was very relieved when I told her she already hiked through that area...
An off placed rock in the trail is way more dangerous then a snake or bear.
 
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Fletch

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An off placed rock in the trail is way more dangerous then a snake or bear.
Dave now where would you find a rock??? Trail actually climbs mountain through these rocks by my house... This part of the trail is called: "Stairway to Heaven".... Think that's rattlesnake habitat??? My house is nestled in that valley that is pictured from top of mountain... Gorgeous area... Hard to believe its New Jersey...
 

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They're fine hiking it alone. I don't think your typical rapist wants to chase down some smelly hiker who hasn't bathed in weeks. I have read news stories of people who went missing and were never found however.
 

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Buddies kid hiked it the year he graduated from college, a .44 was packed with him. There’s a website hat you can find hiker friendly places too stop from what he said if I remember right.
 
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Yes, although hiking the trail they do stop in at a close by motel and spend the night and take a shower... One day I was working out in my yard and 2 couples and their dog came walking by and we chatted for a while and since I was about to throw some burgers on the grill I invited them to stay for lunch... While eating burgers and potatoe salad we chatted for about an hour and I gave them a few cold beers for the trip... Nice to see friendly people...
 

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Yes, although hiking the trail they do stop in at a close by motel and spend the night and take a shower... One day I was working out in my yard and 2 couples and their dog came walking by and we chatted for a while and since I was about to throw some burgers on the grill I invited them to stay for lunch... While eating burgers and potatoe salad we chatted for about an hour and I gave them a few cold beers for the trip... Nice to see friendly people...
And that’s a part of the allure of the trip, meeting and interacting with the locals as you pass thru. I believe there’s many more good folks out there than bad but you mostly only hear/see about the assholes....
 

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How dare those broads put on shoes , put down their babies , and leave to kitchen to go take a walk.
Most of the girls I have talked to are young... Girl I chatted with Fri. had to be back home by Aug. to start school.... Asked her if she was walking back?? Hell no was her response... LOL
 
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I plan on either thru hiking the Appalachian trail or pacific crest trail when i retire from the military. I will likely do it alone with a dog. I have backpacked, hunted, and climbed in lots of extremely remote places. The AT and PCT are heavy enough that you are not in huge danger of dying of a broke leg or something like that.