[at-l] Fast hiking....

Sly hikertrash at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 18:22:37 CST 2011

Here's what the Companion has for the "Four-State Challenge" in the 
section describing Maryland...

The "Four-State Challenge"---hiking in Virginia, West Virginia, 
Maryland, and Pennsylvania all in one day---is an A.T. tradition that 
begins just south of here, up where you (northbounders) left the 
Virginia line to head down to the Shenandoah River at Harpers Ferry. You 
can also hike Maryland all in one day during a Mountain Club of Maryland 
sponsored event. See mcomd.org for more information.

On 1/31/2011 12:34 PM, Rosalind Suit wrote:
> Cody,
> As for the four-state challenge..... I expect that you might find some 
> entries at White Blaze about that.  Don't know much about it 
> myself....except that I've heard it is something some thru-hikers take 
> on as their own personal challenge ( a lot of over-testosteronization, 
> I think).
> There is an organized hike from the PA/MD line to Harpers Ferry once 
> every two years.....which is NOT the four-state challenge.  And it is 
> not a race....though some do run it.  It is a hike as a personal 
> challenge....to do 40 miles in one day....which necessitates starting 
> in the dark of early morning and finishing before 8 pm as dusk falls.  
> It is a supported hike....that is, there are stops along the way 
> manned by volunteers for food and necessary water, snacks, etc.....and 
> there are places to leave the hike if it's too much, etc.  It is not 
> advertised, and tries to keep itself below the radar, as it is filled 
> early, and there is a cutoff both in numbers and in time. It is 
> normally filled by this time of the year, though it occurs late in the 
> spring. We try to keep it quiet.....as there is no lack of interest.
> I expect that to set foot in 4-states within a 24 hour period is 
> considerably more strenuous (as an unsupported hiker) than to do the 
> Maryland hike.
> If your trail-angel inquiry wants, I can forward their inquiry to the 
> hike organizer.....but I will not post the link here, or anywhere.
> Rosie/mdhiker
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