[at-l] 1225

JPL jplynch at crosslink.net
Wed Dec 26 15:48:51 CST 2012


Not sure what your point is, but I’m sure you don’t mean to be ridiculing others....

From: Matt Signore 
Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 4:41 PM
To: Richard Calkins 
Cc: AThiker at smithville.net ; AT-L at backcountry.net 
Subject: Re: [at-l] 1225

And I always thought tj's were only read by non hikers.  I kind of think being proud of a 22 mile day is like kissing your sister.  Hell my gf is almost 50 and she averaged 25 a day this year.  Oh well different strokes for different folks.

Worldwide

On Dec 26, 2012 3:37 PM, "Richard Calkins" <racalkins at msn.com> wrote:

  Matt:

  Actually, it's one of those holiday traditions within the AT List hiker family.

  It just wouldn't be the same w/out following Felix's AT journey to its final conclusion. Many of us are re-living our own hikes as we follow along.

  I sure hope he makes it all the way to Springer this time. The suspense is killing me!

  Warm regards,
  Private (2nd class) Walter M (for Mitty) Longhaul.
  Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Dee Landau <monadnockdee at gmail.com>
  Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:28:45
  To: <mpsignore at gmail.com>
  Cc: <AThiker at smithville.net>; <AT-L at backcountry.net>
  Subject: Re: [at-l] 1225


  Yeah, you probably are...it's for the same reason his journal from 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 


  Sent from my iPhone

  On Dec 26, 2012, at 15:10, Matt Signore <mpsignore at gmail.com <mailto:mpsignore at gmail.com> > wrote:



  Am I the only one wondering why your trail journal from 15 years ago is being posted?
  Worldwide
  On Dec 25, 2012 8:55 PM, "Felix J" <AThiker at smithville.net <mailto:AThiker at smithville.net> > wrote:
  12/25/98  Tricorner Knob Shelter, Smoky Mountains NC

  I woke up to find that the temps had dropped drastically
  through the night.
  Into the lower 20s or less.This was a good thing as the mud
  puddle in the
  middle of the shelterfloor had frozen and it was much easier
  to walk around
  in the shelter. (The shelters in the Smokys have a 6'xSW
  walking area with 'SW'= shelter width)
  It was also a good thing because there usually isn't much in
  the way
  of clouds, or fog, when it's that cold. So, just after
  daybreak I headed
  up a crunching, frozen Trail. I like crunching better than
  sloshing.
     The sky was actually clear above, and the valleys below were
  full of the 'smoke' that is the namesake of these mountains.
  At one
  point I saw what I thought were bobcat prints. I don't know
  if there are
  bobcats here, or not. It could have been a fox. I don't know
  if there are
  foxes here or not.

  I made really good time this day. I was surprised to find
  the Trail
  crowded from Icewater Spring to Newfound Gap. It was a
  beautiful day.
  Mid-twenties and clear. I got to Mt. Collins shelter a
  little before 5.
  That shelter is a beautiful place just before sunset on a
  crisp, cold
  Christmas evening. The fire the two boys from Cincinnati had
  built was a
  beautiful thing, too. I'll never forget the one who looked
  at me and
  said "That fire'd cost you $8,000 if you bought the wood at a
  convenience store." I laffed then. I laff now.

  I had an enjoyable evening with these two guys. They didn't
  necessarily
  practice some of the LNT techniques the way I'd have liked
  for them to.
  But, they were harmless, overall. They gave me my first-ever
  (and, last)
  drink of Jaegermeister. "Nyquil from the liquor store" I
  call it. They
  also gave me hair-covered cheese and salami that I didn't
  want to eat...
  but, couldn't throw away. In the dark, it all tastes the
  same. I smoked a cigar.

  --
  Felix J. McGillicuddy
  ME-->GA '98
  "Your Move"
  ALT '03 KT '03
   http://Felixhikes.tripod.com/


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