[at-l] Fast hiking....

Cody Girl codycodygirl at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 19:00:10 CST 2011

Thanks Sly!  I had my (2009) Companion out this morning figuring out the
mileage and didn't notice the comments you quoted, but sure enough, there it
is!  Seems the link has been added since '09, but the rest of it is the

I have a question about ALDHA.  What else do y'all do besides the
Companion?   Is that the main purpose of the organization?


On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM, Sly <hikertrash at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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