[at-l] 2011 Dates for Appalachian Trail Institute and Smart Start

Tom McGinnis sloetoe at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 2 11:01:53 CST 2011

Okay, for the record, Chainsaw and I finally disagree on something. (For that other record, TheeClyde and I regularly disagree, except when we don't. This is because sometimes I'm right, and sometimes Clyde thinks differently.)

1) Warren rocks. (The last time I looked, I had at least as many faults as he, and if I'm going to charitably overlook mine, and lift my head out of the shame of being human, I shouldn't too quickly cast about looking for others to huck a stone at.)

2) If you don't like what's being taught, don't go. Life (we hope) is like a ruck. Go where you want; make what you want to happen, happen.

3) "Tuition for the five-day/four-night program is $300 per person.  Tuition includes: on-site indoor lodging; four continental breakfasts; about 26 hours of classroom instruction; about 10 hours of hiking; and, instructional materials.  Payment is as follows: a $50 fully-refundable registration deposit and the remainder of the tuition ($250) to be paid on the last day of the program (satisfaction guaranteed)." I don't think you can pass wind near an AMC facility without paying that PER NIGHT, and you'd be learning a whole lot less. For people who are clueless, and who might think an AT hike is a romp in the woods, filled with idyllic catalog poses of immaculate gear (and a 40 pound pack), this is solid gold.

And as far as the whole "HYOH" business, as I've said many times, if that were actually practiced, there'd be no at-l, no Whiteblaze, no Trailzone (what was Wingnut's place called?)... We're all interested in being part of a herd of cats -- being with like-minded souls in our solitude -- and fitting (our uniqueness) in. Hike My Hike. ("And if you don't want my opinion, don't ask for it by posting yours.")


--- On Tue, 2/1/11, Dave Hicks <carla_dave_hicks at verizon.net> wrote:

Regardless, Clyde is right.  You can save money, HYOH (solo if you 
like, which works for me), and not have to listen to someone tell you how to hike their way every night.

From: rcli4 at comcast.net 
If you really want to hike like this, the Hiker hostle will do the same thing for 2 hikers for less money and put you up in a bed and feed you breakfast.
And as an added extra you wouldn't have to listen to someone tell you how to hike their way every night....


----- Original Message 
From: Warren Doyle <warrendance at gmail.com>

The 2011 ATI Thru-hiking 
Planning Workshops (since 1989)
May 2-6; Sept. 12-16; Oct. 17-21; Nov. 7-11
NOBO's - Do you want to day hike the first 66 miles in Georgia?
SOBO's - Do you want to day hike from Katahdin to Monson?
New for 2011 - Smart 
Start Van support for the start of your AT thru-hike
For more info see: www.warrendoyle.com

Warren Doyle
Founder/Co-Director - Appalachian Folk 


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