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wvgrinder
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« on: February 06, 2011, 12:29:21 PM »

Hey y'all.  I just joined the forum.  I plan on doing a few shakedown hikes on the BT to prepare for my upcoming AT SOBO trip.   Grin

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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011, 09:27:29 AM »

Welcome, Don!  Let us know where you plan on doing some of your BT shakedown hikes and keep us posted on your AT SOBO!

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011, 10:07:46 AM »

Take a look at Shawnee State Forest in the Shawnee Section.  Probably some of the toughest (that being a relative term) ups and downs on the BT.  It won't fully prepare you for the White Mountains, but will be closer to the AT than other areas of the BT.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011, 02:44:15 PM »

Yes, I made Shawnee my first backpacking destination.  I had an idea of how tough it would be having completed the day hike loop a few times.  It did not disappoint.  Tough hills of 200-400 feet, no switchbacks, stupid steep in some spots.  It just doesn't last terribly long (thank God).  After Shawnee doing 29 miles in two days/one night at Big South Fork just didn't compare (but the scenery at BSF is stellar).

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2011, 02:33:29 PM »

Thanks for the Shawnee recommendations.  While hiking through Tar Hollow last Easter, a few folks recommended it also.

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